Italian Serenade: Chicken Parmesan (Pollo alla Parmigiana)


Savor the essence of Italian cuisine with our Italian Serenade: Chicken Parmesan (Pollo alla Parmigiana). This classic dish features tender chicken cutlets, crisply breaded and smothered in a rich, homemade tomato sauce, all topped with melted mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. It's a melody of flavors that will transport you straight to the heart of Italy!

Italian Serenade: Chicken Parmesan (Pollo alla Parmigiana)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken cutlet with sauce and cheese

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 550 kcal
  • Protein: 40g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Sodium: 900mg
  • Sugar: 8g


  • Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless): 4 pieces (about 600g or 1.32 lbs or 21 oz)
  • Breadcrumbs: 150g (5.3 oz)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese: 50g (1.76 oz)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (sliced): 200g (7 oz)
  • All-Purpose Flour: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Eggs: 2 large
  • Canned Tomatoes: 400g (14 oz)
  • Garlic: 2 cloves
  • Olive Oil: for frying
  • Basil Leaves: a handful
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Chicken: Pound chicken to even thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, dip in beaten eggs, then coat in breadcrumbs mixed with grated Parmesan.
  2. Fry Chicken: Heat olive oil in a pan. Fry chicken until golden on both sides. Set aside.
  3. Make Tomato Sauce: Sauté garlic, add canned tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Assemble and Bake: Place chicken in a baking dish. Top with tomato sauce, then mozzarella slices. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.
  5. Serve: Garnish with fresh basil and extra Parmesan.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the oil is hot enough before frying the chicken for a crisp coating.
  • Use high-quality canned tomatoes for a richer sauce.
  • Slice the mozzarella thinly for even melting.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts? Yes, boneless thighs can also be used for a juicier result.
  • Can this dish be made gluten-free? Yes, by using gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs.
  • Can I prepare this in advance? Yes, assemble the dish and refrigerate before baking when ready to serve.