Baked Chicken Parmesan is a delicious and healthy alternative to the beloved classic! The traditional recipe has been given a skinny makeover without losing any of its signature cheesy, crispy goodness.

The BEST healthy baked Chicken Parmesan recipe, ready to eat in 30 minutes! This easy, oven baked chicken Parm recipe with Panko Parmesan crust is kid friendly and tastes better than the restaurant version!

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I cooked so much Italian(ish) food my first year of marriage that I’m surprised we didn’t end up speaking with Sicilian(ish) accents.

Most often I turned to quick and easy pasta recipes, but when I was feeling extra fancy or needed a more romantic dinner recipe, I’d make oven baked chicken Parmesan (also known as chicken parmigiana).

Between you and me, the first time I made this baked chicken Parmesan recipe, I was ultra impressed with myself. Self high-fiving was involved.

Here was a recipe I’d seen in restaurants my whole life, right on our plates!

The Parmesan-crusted chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside and lusciously juicy on the inside, and the cheese topping was hot, bubbly, and every bit as satisfying as I’d hoped it would be.

You see, although I most often associate chicken Parmesan with Italian-American restaurants, I don’t actually like to order it out.

For one, healthy baked chicken Parmesan is so easy to prepare at home, I’d rather spend my restaurant dollars on a different dish.

For two, most versions you’ll find when you’re out are for deep fried chicken Parmesan that is so over-the-top heavy, the chicken is lost entirely under a pile of greasy breadcrumbs and slippery cheese.

Why You’ll Love It

Today’s version is a light, healthy chicken Parmesan that’s easy to make and offers the same comfort and satisfaction of a go-big restaurant meal.

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5 Star Review

“I had this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely amazing, so flavorful and delicious! Definitely making this again.”

— Bee —

How to Make Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

The funny thing about baked chicken Parmesan is that even though it seems pretty deluxe, it’s actually one of the easiest baked chicken recipes to make.

Further, now that I have my own perfect version of a crispy, oven baked chicken Parmesan panko crust, I actually prefer it.

It’s delicious but not overdone and baked instead of fried, and the panko bread crumb crust is satisfyingly crisp, without being so thick you feel like you are eating a slab of breading.


The Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts. Lean and protein-packed boneless, skinless chicken breasts stay tender and juicy underneath the breading.
  • Breadcrumbs + Panko. Because baked chicken Parmesan no breading just wouldn’t be right! Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs and whole wheat panko create the perfect light, crispy exterior. Oven baked chicken Parmesan panko is just as delicious as fried, and it’s so much better for you!
  • Cheeses. Part-skim mozzarella turns melty, gooey, and bubbly on top of the chicken, and the Parmesan helps flavor the breading.
  • Egg Whites. Making baked chicken parmesan egg white-style is what helps make the breading stick to the chicken breasts.
  • Tomato Sauce. To make the recipe especially weeknight-friendly, I took a shortcut by using good-quality store-bought tomato sauce. If you prefer to make your baked chicken Parmesan sauce from scratch, you can check out the simple sauce that’s included with my recipe for Whole30 Meatballs.

Why The Two types of breadcrumbs?

  • Panko breadcrumbs (also known as Japanese-style breadcrumbs) are larger and drier than traditional breadcrumbs. They’re the key to making sure the chicken Parmesan coating has maximal crunch.
  • Traditional breadcrumbs adhere more easily to chicken than panko breadcrumbs do. Including some here ensures the surface area of the chicken is fully coated.

The Directions

  1. Cut and pound the chicken breasts.
  2. Stir together the two types of breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic, and pepper in a wide, shallow bowl. Whisk the egg whites until foamy in a separate bowl. Slice the mozzarella into 4 pieces.
  3. Dredge each piece of chicken into the egg whites, then the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Bake. The chicken will take about 15 minutes to bake at 400 degrees F. Top the chicken with sauce and mozzarella. Bake for another 3 to 5 minutes. ENJOY!

To Cook in the Air Fryer

To Make this Recipe in the Air Fryer: For healthy chicken parmesan air fryer style, prepare the recipe as directed through Step 3. Lay the breaded chicken breasts in the air fryer basket, spritzing the tops with oil. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes at 400 degrees F. Flip the chicken breasts over and add the cheese and sauce on top. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until the cheese has melted and chicken is cooked through.

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Storage Tips

  • To Store. This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is baked, but leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
  • To Reheat. Leftover chicken can be reheated in a lightly greased pan over medium heat and is also good served at room temperature on top of salads.

What to Serve with Chicken Parmesan

Wine Pairing

Try a medium-bodied red wine. Either a Pinot Noir, Merlot, or Sangiovese variety would be delicious.

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I hope this healthy baked chicken Parm adds some extra Italian flare to your kitchen. Add some bread and olive oil for dipping, and you’ll truly feel like you’re out on the town!

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Healthy Chicken Parmesan

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The BEST healthy baked Chicken Parmesan recipe, ready to eat in 30 minutes! This easy, oven baked chicken Parm recipe with Panko Parmesan crust is kid friendly and tastes better than the restaurant version! Get the recipe here.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins

Servings: 4 pieces (2-4 servings)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 12 ounces each
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 4 ounces part-skim mozzarella
  • ½ cup tomato sauce plus extra for serving as desired
  • Fresh basil, thinly sliced or chopped
  • Optional for serving: prepared whole wheat pasta or zucchini noodles, or just enjoy on its own!

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise so that you have 4 pieces total. Pound each piece to an even ½-inch thickness. Set aside.
  • In a wide, shallow bowl (a pie dish works well), combine the Italian breadcrumbs, whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites until lightly foamy. Cut the mozzarella into 4 slices, or grate and divide into four equal portions.
  • Arrange your work station in the following order: pounded chicken, egg whites, breadcrumb mixture, baking sheet. Working one at a time, dip each piece of chicken into the egg whites, shaking off any excess, then the breadcrumbs, gently patting the chicken as needed so that the crumbs stick to all sides. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly coat the tops of the chicken with baking spray.
  • Bake until the chicken is cooked through (it should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F) and the crumbs are brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, spoon 2 tablespoons of sauce over each piece of chicken, and top with a slice of mozzarella. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, about 3-5 additional minutes. Sprinkle with basil and enjoy immediately, topped with extra sauce as desired.

Notes

  • TO STORE: This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is baked, but leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Leftover chicken can be reheated in a lightly greased pan over medium heat and is also good served at room temperature on top of salads.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece with sauce and cheeseCalories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 48gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 113mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g

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  1. This was simply amazing! I’ve tried other “healthy” chicken parm recipes in the past and they are just bleh. This one will be my new go-to. I did end up using a lot more sauce than shown in the pic, and putting it underneath the mozzarella slice. Yum yum yum!5 stars

    1. Laurel, I’m happy to hear the recipe was a hit! Thanks so much for giving it a try and taking the time to leave this awesome review!

  2. I made it tonight. The chicken turned out so well that i made another batch with eggplant. Eggplant was really good too!
    Thanks!5 stars

  3. Just made this for the first time for the family. It was so good and fresh. Everyone in the family loved it which isn’t always the case with a family of 5.  Pretty easy to make .  Will definitely keep this dish on the permanent weekly menu. 5 stars

  4. I had this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely amazing, so flavorful and delicious! Definitely making this again.5 stars

  5. Cooked this for my boyfriend who’s favorite food is chicken parmesan. It was a huge hit!! He said it was the best chicken parm he’s ever had. I followed the directions exactly as written, but added more slices of cheese on the top. I also made Erin’s Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes as a side and I felt like I was eating at a restaurant! Had leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day and it tasted just as good as it was when it was fresh.5 stars

    1. I’m SO happy to hear how much you and your boyfriend loved both recipes, Marielle! Thank you for taking the time to leave this kind review!

  6. is one of my favorite items. Thank you for sharing this awesome stuff here.These look absolutely delicious! You have amazing food photography too :] As much as I know my girls will love these, I know I will too!5 stars

  7. Very tasty, I made this for my husband and daughter as a special Valentine’s Day dinner and it was a big hit. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  8. It turned out great! I followed the recipe except I used shredded mozzarella. My kids loved it too. Simple and tasty. I did not have a baking rack but did not find it soggy. 5 stars

  9. Might be a silly question, but my father is elderly so when I cook for my boyfriend I like to make extras to take over to his house and he normally freezes things until he can get around to eating them. Should I cook and then vacuum seal and freeze or could I possibly bread it all, vacuum seal and freeze so that when he cooks it, it’s more fresh? 

    1. Hi Paige! You may want to try this recipe as chicken strips instead. I’ve never done this personally, but from looking at other recipes for freezing breaded chicken online, my best guess is to bake them all the way through before freezing. Then, he can reheat them from frozen. Again, I’ve never tried this, but it’s my best guess. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe!

  10. Made this many times according to Erin’s recipe—a sure winner every time!  Looking forward to Erin’s cookbook to be delivered so I’ll be making great dinners each night of the week! 5 stars

  11. I don’t want to waste the egg yolks. How would leaving the egg yolks in alter the recipe? Would it  Make the chicken taste differently? 

    1. Hi Debbie! I have only tested the recipe with egg whites, but another reader has reported success with using the entire egg. If you decide to experiment with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  12. I used chicken cutlets for this to save time and they turned out perfectly. This was so delicious and easy, I cannot wait to make it again! Definitely a keeper that I would serve to friends!5 stars

  13. Can I use shredded mozzarella vs. fresh for this recipe? Would I have to cook it differently do you know? Thanks!

    1. Hi Samantha! While I haven’t used shredded Mozzarella in this recipe, another reader has reported success with using it as directed. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  14. This was very easy and good! As I began to prepare it I realized I was out of panko crumbs so subbed cornflake crumbs because it was a fairly small amount. It was fine but Panko would have been better. I also used grated parmesan. Everything crisped up nicely and the time was exact. Was the tomato sauce supposed to be seasoned—spaghetti sauce?5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it, Theresa! Thank you for sharing this kind review! The tomato sauce can be plain or flavored if you prefer.

  15. 5 stars for a lot of reasons… most importantly, this dish was tremendously popular with all 5 members of my family (3 of who are my 3 picky kids)! This dish was amazing (and so easy to make). The flavors of the breading although simple, were perfect! This will absolutely be a mainstay in our dinner menu. On a side note… thanks for the tip in the video (one wet/one dry hand)! Worked perfectly.5 stars

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