Baked Chicken Parmesan


This baked chicken Parmesan, with a crispy panko crust and a broiled ooey-gooey cheese topping, is a perfect family-friendly meal for a weeknight. Serve with roasted broccoli or Caesar salad on the side.

a recipe photo of the Baked Chicken Parmesan
Photo: Photogrpaher: Morgan Hunt Glaze, Prop Stylist: Shell Royster, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • Cooking spray

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat

  • 1 tablespoon salt-free Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 1 large egg

  • 4 (4 ounce) chicken cutlets, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness

  • 1 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce

  • 1 cup shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • Chopped fresh basil for garnish (optional)


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil; lightly coat the foil with cooking spray.

  2. Combine panko, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and 1/4 cup Parmesan in a shallow bowl. Lightly beat egg in another shallow bowl. Dip 1 chicken cutlet in the egg, allowing excess to drip off. Dredge the chicken into the panko mixture, pressing to adhere; transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining chicken cutlets. (Discard any remaining egg and panko mixture.) Lightly coat the breaded chicken with cooking spray. Bake until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  4. Remove the chicken from the oven and increase oven temperature to broil. Top each chicken cutlet evenly with marinara, mozzarella and the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve the chicken with the spaghetti. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

560 Calories
17g Fat
58g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 chicken cutlet & 1 cup pasta
Calories 560
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 47g 94%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Vitamin A 564IU 11%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Vitamin D 15IU 4%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 62mcg 16%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 604mg 26%
Calcium 325mg 25%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 117mg 28%
Potassium 726mg 15%
Zinc 4mg 36%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

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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