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An air fryer is a great way to enjoy chicken Parmesan with much less oil. A 5- or 6-quart air fryer fits two chicken breasts perfectly to get that signature crispy crust. (A smaller air fryer will work too, but you may have to overlap the breasts a little.)

EatingWell.com, November 2020


Recipe Summary

20 mins
55 mins

Nutrition Profile:



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Instructions Checklist
  • Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound to 1/2-inch thickness. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with salt. Whisk egg and water together in a shallow dish. Place flour in a separate shallow dish; place panko in a third shallow dish. Working with 1 breast at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour; shake off excess. Dip in the egg wash; let excess drip off. Dredge in the panko, pressing to evenly coat. Place the breaded chicken on a plate.

  • Line the basket of an air fryer with foil; coat the foil with cooking spray. Place 2 breaded chicken breasts 1 inch apart in the prepared basket; coat the top of the chicken lightly with cooking spray. Cook at 360°F for 7 minutes. Flip the chicken; cook until golden brown on both sides, about 7 minutes. Top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons marinara and sprinkle each with 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Top each with 1 mozzarella slice. Cook until the cheese is completely melted and a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the chicken registers 165°F, about 5 minutes. Lift the foil and chicken out of the basket; cover with another piece of foil to keep warm. Repeat the procedure with the remaining 2 chicken breasts.

  • Sprinkle the cooked chicken evenly with basil. Serve hot.


Equipment: Air fryer

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken breast
427 calories; fat 14g; cholesterol 157mg; sodium 593mg; carbohydrates 32g; dietary fiber 3g; protein 42g; sugars 3g; niacin equivalents 12mg; saturated fat 6g; vitamin a iu 574IU.