Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil 2 tablespoons: For brushing the baking sheet and adding a rich flavor.
  • Chicken Breasts about 450g / 1 lb total: Provides a lean and tender protein base.
  • Egg 1: Helps the breadcrumbs adhere to the chicken.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs 1 cup: Creates a crispy, golden crust.
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese 60g / 0.13 lbs: Adds a rich, savory flavor to the crust.
  • Dried Oregano 1 teaspoon: Infuses the crust with a hint of Italian herb flavor.
  • Garlic Powder 1/2 teaspoon: Enhances the overall flavor with a subtle garlic taste.
  • Kosher Salt 1 teaspoon: For seasoning the chicken and breadcrumb mixture.
  • Black Pepper 1/2 teaspoon: Adds a mild heat and depth of flavor.
  • Marinara Sauce 1 cup: Provides a tangy, rich base for the topping.
  • Shredded Mozzarella 170g / 0.37 lbs: Melts into a gooey, delicious topping.
  • Minced Parsley optional, for garnish: Adds a fresh, vibrant touch to the dish.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C) and line a baking sheet with foil. Brush it with olive oil.
  • Halve the chicken breasts and pound them to an even thickness.
  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel, then season with salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow dish, mix panko bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.
  • Whisk an egg in another shallow dish.
  • Dip each chicken breast into the egg, then the bread crumb mixture. Ensure it’s fully coated and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake on the second from the top rack for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Flip the chicken, pour 1/4 cup of marinara sauce over each piece, then top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Put it back in the oven.
  • Turn on the broiler and broil for 2-4 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the chicken edges are browning.
  • Garnish with minced parsley if desired and serve hot. Buon appetito!

Notes

If you want to add a touch of green, you can serve this recipe with a side of steamed broccoli or a fresh salad. For a complete Italian experience, serve it alongside some spaghetti tossed in olive oil and garlic.

Our Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan is more than just a meal; it’s a comforting experience that brings the family together. Try this recipe today and add a little Italian flair to your home-cooked meals!

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