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Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe for Two

An easy chicken parmesan recipe for two that is perfect for weeknight meals. Tender chicken breasts baked with fresh bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, then topped with pasta sauce and mozzarella.

2 plates of chicken parmesan

Cooking for two…definitely, at times, a challenge. If you’re like me, you are still cooking as if there is a family at the table ready to chow down! I have tried to scale back, but it’s hard. Using recipes like this easy chicken parmesan makes it much easier. This is a delicious and filling dinner idea that is full of flavor, and even though there is a list of several steps, it’s very simple.

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Choosing the chicken breasts

I like using fresh, organic chicken breasts, but sometimes they can be very thick. To make the pieces of chicken cook more evenly, just slice them in half, so they are about 1 inch thick. Another option is to pound the chicken breasts with a mallet until they are a good thickness that will bake evenly. One more idea is to use chicken tenders. These bake very quickly, so make sure to adjust your cooking time.

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Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe Tips

  • All the measurements in the recipe are adjustable. This is one of those dishes where you don’t really have to measure, and it still comes out perfect! Use as much, or as little, sauce and cheese as you like.
  • Most parmesan chicken recipes call for dredging the pieces of meat in flour, egg, and bread crumbs. My method is much easier, and it tastes equally as good. The Hellman’s adds an extra touch of moisture, and has a lovely flavor.
  • If the chicken begins to brown too quickly, cover it with a loose piece of foil.
  • I love fresh bread crumbs. My favorite thing to do is use hamburger buns and grind them in a small food processor. They taste fresh and fluffy. However, I’m all for convenience and saving time, so using packaged bread crumbs is a great choice as well.

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Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan

To make a gluten free version of this chicken parmesan recipe, simply substitute gluten free panko crumbs for the regular bread crumbs, and substitute gluten free pasta for the regular pasta.

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Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe for Two

Easy chicken parmesan recipe for two: tender chicken breasts baked with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, then topped with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella. 
4.8 from 5 votes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup Hellman's Light Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (fresh or panko)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 6 oz. pasta
  • 12 oz. pasta sauce (marinara)
  • shredded mozzarella
  • fresh basil or parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Place chicken breasts on cookie sheet.
  • Brush chicken breasts with Hellman's. Turn and repeat.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder.
  • Toss gently with a fork.
  • Using your hands, generously sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top of chicken breasts.
  • Press the bread crumbs into the top and sides of the chicken breasts.
  • Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • While chicken is in the oven, cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce and toss the remaining cup with the cooked pasta. Cover to keep warm.
  • Remove chicken from the oven. Top with pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella.
  • Return chicken to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and is slightly golden brown.
  • Garnish chicken with fresh parsley or basil. Serve with pasta.
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