Chicken Parmesan Done The Fresh Way

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"I've been making chicken parmesan for many years where I've used homemade sauce that has been cooked for a while and then baked in the oven along with the fried chicken cutlets. This particular recipe is done somewhat differently because it uses fresh marinara and the sauce is not baked with the chicken. The chicken is quickly placed in the broiler to melt a mixture of mozarella, parmesan, and provolone; then served alongside with the fresh marinara and pasta."

Original recipe yields 4-5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (432 g)
  • Calories 730
  • Total Fat - 53.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 15.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 147 mg
  • Sodium - 758.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.5 g
  • Sugars - 8 g
  • Protein - 44.9 g
  • Calcium - 799.9 mg
  • Iron - 2.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 33.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg


Step 1

Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot add in onions and saute for 1 1/2 minutes then add garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, parsley, oregano and red pepper flakes and saute 30 seconds longer.

Step 2

Add crushed tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, sugar, bay leaf and stir.

Step 3

Add chicken bouillon granules if desired and season with additional salt if necessary and add black pepper to taste.

Step 4

Bring mixture to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the fresh basil and stir.

Step 5

Thin sauce with water if desired if you feel that sauce is too thick. Taste for seasoning and adjust. *if sauce is on the acidic side due to tomatoes, add extra sugar to cut down on acid.*

Step 6

Remove from heat and cover saucepan with lid.


Step 7

While sauce is simmering, sprinkle each side of the chicken cutlet lightly with salt, let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.

Step 8

In a bowl, combine Mozzarella and Provolone cheese, set aside. Adjust oven rack 4-inches from broiler element and preheat broiler.

Step 9

In a shallow dish, whisk together flour and egg until smooth.

Step 10

In a separate shallow dish (such as a pie plate), toss together Parmesan cheese, Panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary, and 1/4 tsp pepper.

Step 11

Working with 1 chicken cutlet at a time, dredge chicken in egg mixture, coating both sides and allowing excess to run off, then immediately transfer to Parmesan mixture and coat both sides with mixture, while pressing gently to allow crumbs to adhere.

Step 12

Transfer chicken to a large platter (or cookie sheet lined with wax paper or aluminum foil). Repeat process with remaining chicken cutlets.

Step 13

Pour 3 Tbsp olive oil and vegetable oil into a 10-inch non-stick skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add 2 coated chicken cutlets and fry without moving them until bottom is crispy and golden brown, about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, then using metal tongs rotate to opposite side and cook until golden brown, about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes longer.

Step 14

Transfer fried chicken to a large platter (or cookie sheet) lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat process with remaining chicken.

Step 15

Place cutlets on rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle Mozzarella/Parmesan/Provolone cheese mixture evenly over cutlets. Broil in oven until cheese is melted and beginning to brown, about 3 - 4 minutes (keep a close eye on it, make sure internal temp of chicken reaches 165 degrees).

Step 16

Remove from oven and cover each cutlet with 2 Tbsp marinara sauce (or place marinara on side of chicken).

Step 17

Sprinkle tops evenly with remaining 1/4 cup fresh basil and serve immediately, adding additional sauce as desired. Serve with choice of pasta.

Step 18

*NOTE: depending on the size of your chicken breast, I can normally get 2 cutlets from a chicken breast after it’s pounded, unless the breast is small*

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Delicious! The chicken was well flavored, crispy, and we especially loved the fresh mozzarella. The sauce was tasty and was great atop the chicken and pasta. It took a few pans and some time, but it was definitely well worth it. Next time, I will cut the amount of balsamic vinegar in half and skip the provolone - due to personal taste. Thank you for a delicious, family approved meal!

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(3 Jun 2019)


Made for my Valentine's dinner. Cut down to 2 servings. Deeelicious!

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(15 Feb 2019)


Thank you so much for sharing! this recipe was delish! made it for dinner last night 5/15/18 and the taste was amazing

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(15 May 2018)

Lynn (diner524)

So good!!! Really loved the Marinara sauce and using fresh mozzarella instead of the bag of shredded makes such a big difference in taste. I try to use it with all my Italian dishes that call for mozzarella cheese. Obviously, making every fresh does make the recipe longer in time, but worth the effort and time. The only change I will make next time is to not salt the chicken cutlets, mine was a bit too salty, but maybe I sprinkled more then it looked like. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for "FYC" tag game.

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(1 Apr 2017)

Daily Inspiration

What a delicious dish! Made just as directed other than using regular Italian bread crumbs (out of panko) and leaving off the pasta. Served alongside roasted broccoli.

(16 May 2016)