This riff on classic chicken Parmesan replaces the usual marinara with a luscious lemony cream sauce. We've lightened it up by using half-and-half instead of cream, with just-as-delicious results. Serve this lemony chicken dinner with whole-wheat pasta or brown rice.

Hilary Meyer
Source:, January 2018


Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place flour in a shallow dish. Place beaten eggs in another shallow dish. Combine panko, 1/4 cup Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in a third shallow dish. Working with one at a time, coat each cutlet in flour, shaking off the excess. Transfer to the egg mixture and turn to coat. Transfer to the panko mixture and turn to coat. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour (it will be cooked later) in a small bowl. Discard any remaining flour, egg and panko mixture.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 cutlets and cook, flipping once, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a large baking sheet. Reduce heat to medium and add another 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the remaining two cutlets and cook, flipping once, until golden on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake the cutlets until cooked throughout, about 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, wipe out the pan. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, lemon juice and salt to the pan. Bring to a boil. Whisk half-and-half into the reserved 1 tablespoon flour. Add to the broth mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced by about half and thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Transfer the cutlets to a large platter. Drizzle with the sauce and top with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and parsley.

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; protein 31.2g; carbohydrates 15.2g; dietary fiber 1.4g; sugars 2.3g; fat 20.8g; saturated fat 6.3g; cholesterol 129.7mg; vitamin a iu 603.6IU; vitamin c 11.6mg; folate 29.9mcg; calcium 145.5mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 33.8mg; potassium 386.5mg; sodium 465.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
Everyone really liked this recipe. Used a bit more fresh lemon juice and a little less 1/2 &1/2. I'll be making this again.:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I used Zanise's method of baking the chicken and preparing the sauce separately. Yummy but my sauce didn't thicken up as much as I'd hoped. Not sure what went wrong but I will attribute it to operator error. This will be added to the regular rotation. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was a nice change of pace for us. My 11-year old loved it. Made it with linguine and a sidebof sautéd spinach. I did not fry the chicken. Instead dipped the cutlets in a mix of melted butter and olive oil breaded them and then baked them for about 35 minutes. A bit easier and less clean up. A keeper for sure! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
One of the easier versions of chicken parmesan. It's always a dish with a lot of steps to make it right and maintaining a crisp crust and this recipe created a very tasty version. it was very tasty and the lemon cream was outstanding and a nice change from marinara. Read More