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.

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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!

Why you will love this Chicken Parmigiana!

  • Makes a great weeknight dinner that can be prepared in under an hour.
  • This recipe uses basic pantry ingredients. Nothing weird included!
  • It makes the perfect amount for two people, or can be doubled to feed more.
  • This is the best chicken parmesan because it’s super easy to make.
  • Delicious!
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What’s the difference between chicken parmesan and chicken parmigiana?

There’s no difference! It’s just two names for the same dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts: if using frozen chicken breasts, it’s best to thaw them in the refrigerator before baking.
  • Light mayonnaise: any kind of mayo can be used…I use the Light version to save a few calories!
  • Bread crumbs: fresh bread crumbs are delicious, but store-bought Panko bread crumbs or Italian bread crumbs work just as well.
  • Parmesan cheese: the finely shredded variety.
  • Seasonings: garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Pasta: any kind of pasta is good. Some suggestions are angel hair, spaghetti, rotini, or penne.
  • Marinara: use what you have on hand! Any kind, homemade or from the grocery, will work.
  • Mozzarella cheese: freshly shredded mozzarella is the perfect topping to the chicken and sauce.
  • Fresh herbs: basil or parsley work great!

Choosing the chicken breasts.

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

How to Make

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 to make.

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Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2: Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place chicken breasts on cookie sheet.

Step 3: Brush chicken breasts with Hellman’s. Turn and repeat.

Step 4: Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper according to your taste.

Step 5: In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Toss gently with a fork.

Step 6: Using your hands, generously sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top of chicken breasts.

Step 7: Press the bread crumbs into the top and sides of the chicken breasts. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

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Step 8: Bake for 25 minutes.

Step 9: While chicken is in the oven, cook pasta according to package directions.

Step 10: Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce and toss the remaining cup with the cooked pasta. Cover to keep warm.

Step 11: Remove chicken from the oven. Top with reserved 1/2 cup of pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella.

Step 12: Return chicken to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and is slightly golden brown.

Step 13: Garnish chicken with fresh parsley or basil. Serve with pasta.

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.
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Substitutions

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.

The marinara sauce can be swapped out with tomato sauce.

Provolone cheese can be substituted for the mozzarella.

Melted butter can be substituted for the olive oil.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My favorite thing to do is use hamburger buns, and grind them in a small food processor. Any kind of bread can be used as well. Homemade breadcrumbs taste fresh and fluffy.

A fresh garden salad is all you need. This Honeycrisp apple + romaine salad would be amazing, or this romaine cranberry pear salad would work well too.

Yes! You can get the chicken ready early in the day. Prepare the chicken breasts but don’t drizzle the olive oil. Cover the sheet pan with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before you want it to go in the oven. Drizzle the olive oil before baking.

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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. 
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Servings: 2
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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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 reserved 1/2 cup of 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 820kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.01g |