Air-Fryer Chicken Parmesan


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.)

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 ounces each)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • Cooking spray

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium marinara sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 slices

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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


Equipment: Air fryer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

427 Calories
14g Fat
32g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 427
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 42g 84%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Vitamin A 574IU 11%
Sodium 593mg 26%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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