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Easy Chicken Parmesan with Gluten Free Option!

A delicious and fairly easy complete meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword classic recipe, easy dinner recipe, easy pasta recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Linda Spiker


Note: if you can buy ready made cutlets, it will save some time. If you make your own, add 10 minutes to prep time

  • 6 chicken cutlets, or 3 smallish chicken breasts made into cutlets (see instructions above)
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour (Gluten Free friends use GF flour)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs (Gluten Free friends use GF crumbs)
  • olive oil
  • 25 oz jar pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated provolone
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 16 oz spaghetti or linguini, cooked to package instructions
  • 10 basil leaves chopped


  1. Place a large pot of salted water on cooktop to heat. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place oven rack in center position
  2. While waiting for water to boil, prepare chicken breasts (if needed), grate cheeses and toss them together
  3. Place flour in shallow bowl
  4. Place eggs in shallow bowl and whisk
  5. Place bread crumbs in shallow bowl
  6. Season both sides of cutlets with salt and pepper.
  7. Dredge chicken lightly in flour then dip in eggs allowing excess to drip off, and finally coat both sides in bread crumbs. Rinse hands between each dip otherwise things get clumpy!
  8. Heat a large skillet on medium/high heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of pan.
  9. When oil is hot, add breasts to pan. You may have to cook in batches adding olive oil as you go.
  10. Cook 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy. Turn off heat
  11. While chicken cooks, heat pasta sauce in a pan. Pour 2 cups pasta sauce into baking dish and spread evenly, save the remaining sauce for later

  12. Add breasts to dish, top each cutlet with a mixture of the cheeses
  13. Place baking dish in oven for 10 minutes (If you didn't make your cutlets thin enough you may need more time)

  14. While chicken cooks, cook pasta according to package directions and chop basil
  15. Strain pasta in colander, plate and top with chicken and sauce, garnish with basil
  16. If you like more sauce, heat what is left in the jar and use that too! Enjoy!