There are certain meals that we always go back to, often because we enjoyed them as a kid and they’re super comforting to us now that we’re older. Food has this way of bringing back memories and making us feel good, and easy chicken parmesan recipes are certainly no different. If you’re anything like us, you remember eating the gooey, cheesy food when you were younger, likely for a family dinner or holiday. Is there anything better than pasta with sauce, chicken, and tons of mozzarella cheese? It’s all of the best summer (or really any season) foods combined into one.
If there's anything else memorable about this dish, it’s that the meal took upward of two hours to make. First, the sauce had to cook, then the breaded chicken was browned and baked, and then you also had to cook the spaghetti (this was no weeknight dinner). But what if we you told you there are new easy chicken parmesan recipes out there that you can whip up post-work? We’ve searched all over to find three totally simple chicken parmesan recipes that won’t have you spending your whole day in the kitchen. Scroll through, pick your favorite, and then get cooking.
CHICKEN PARMESAN BOLOGNESE
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh heirloom tomatoes are the star of this easy chicken parmesan recipe. Slice them in half to make a quick marinara to pour over your chicken and noodles of choice (this eliminates the need to stir a sauce for hours).
The Recipe: This deconstructed chicken parmesan recipe calls for ground chicken versus chicken cutlets. The upside to this is that it cooks so much faster, and you’re still getting all the flavor of the original—garlic, red wine, fresh basil, and even mozzarella.
The Clincher: This delectable recipe only takes 20 minutes to make four servings. Plus, if you double the recipe, you can freeze leftovers for extra-busy weeks.
HEALTHY CHICKEN PARMESAN
The Hero Ingredient: Zucchini noodles lower the calorie count on this tasty easy chicken parmesan recipe (use a spiralizer to get noodles thin). Zoodles also bring some texture to the dish that pasta lacks.
The Recipe: Panko-breaded chicken cutlets are browned before they’re baked in the oven. Once fully cooked, you can add some of your favorite sauce—we like vodka sauce for its flavor—and slices of fresh mozzarella. Then, bake until the cheese bubbles.
The Clincher: If you want crunchier chicken, you can simply add your marinara sauce at the very end, just so it gets warm.
PALEO CHICKEN PARMESAN
The Hero Ingredient: Almond meal gives this Paleo chicken parmesan recipe a breading that’s totally crispy (the trick is to double-batter the cutlets before baking).
The Recipe: The breaded chicken is cooked in the oven to your desired crunchiness and then topped with a homemade marinara (or your favorite store-bought option) and served over zucchini ribbons. You can always sub in pasta if you prefer.
The Clincher: Make some extra chicken and have the cutlets with veggies for dinner another night that week.
If you choose to make your chicken parmesan over zucchini noodles, be sure to use one of our favorite spiralizers below.
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