OVEN BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN

OVEN BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN


This is an easy chicken dinner the whole family will love! Made with homemade marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. Serve it over pasta, zucchini noodles, roasted veggies or with a large salad to keep it on the lighter side.

We all love this dish in my home, it’s perfect for a weeknight yet good enough to serve to company. This is also how I bake my chicken cutlets if you want it without the cheese and sauce. Kid friendly and delicious, make this tonight!! Also, see my air fryer chicken parmesan recipe here!

Adopted from: myfoodandfamily.com

Ingredients


1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese fresh grated
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup marinara sauce
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 chicken breasts About 1 pound of chicken total
1 egg
2 tablespoon minced parsley optional, for garnish

Instructions


Number one, Line a baking sheet with foil, brush foil with olive oil.  Adjust oven rack so that is in the second from the top space. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Number two, Cut the chicken breasts in half and pound to even thickness: Cut through the middle of the chicken breast as if you are going to butterfly it (cutting it open like a book), but cut all the way through to make two equal sized pieces.
Number three, After cutting the chicken breasts in half, place them in a gallon sized zip top bag in an even layer, seal it, then pound them to an even thickness using a  meat pounder or a rolling pin. You can also place the chicken breasts between two layers of cling wrap instead of a zip top bag if you prefer.
Number four, Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel, then season with salt and pepper.
Number five, In one shallow dish, mix together panko bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.
Number six, In another shallow dish, whisk one egg.
Number seven, Dip one chicken breast into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.  Ensure chicken breast is fully coated in the crumb mixture, and gently press with your hand do help the crumbs stick to the chicken.  Place chicken breast on prepared baking sheet, repeat with remaining pieces of chicken.
Number eight, Place baking sheet in oven on the second from the top rack.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. 
Number nine, Flip chicken, pour 1/4 cup of marinara sauce over each piece of chicken, then top with cheese. Place back in the oven. Turn on the broiler. Broil for 2-4 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly and edges of chicken are browning.

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