Classic Chicken Parmesan over Al Dente Pasta


Delight in the timeless Italian favorite, Classic Chicken Parmesan, served over a bed of al dente pasta. This dish features breaded and fried chicken cutlets, topped with savory marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, offering a perfect blend of textures and flavors. Accompanied by perfectly cooked pasta, it's a satisfying meal that's sure to please any palate.

Classic Chicken Parmesan over Al Dente Pasta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 4 people. 
  • Each serving includes one chicken parmesan cutlet and a portion of pasta.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 600 kcal
  • Protein: 40 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 100 mg
  • Sodium: 900 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g


  • Chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness: 4
  • All-purpose flour: 60 g (1/2 cup)
  • Eggs: 2
  • Breadcrumbs: 150 g (1.5 cups)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: 50 g (1/2 cup)
  • Mozzarella cheese, sliced: 200 g (2 cups)
  • Marinara sauce: 480 ml (2 cups)
  • Spaghetti or your choice of pasta: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Olive oil: for frying
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Fresh basil: for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, dip in beaten eggs, then coat with a mixture of breadcrumbs and Parmesan.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet. Fry the chicken until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Place chicken in a baking dish.
  4. Spoon marinara sauce over each cutlet and top with mozzarella slices.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain.
  7. Place pasta on plates, top with a chicken parmesan cutlet. Garnish with fresh basil.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a crunchier crust, add a pinch of garlic powder and Italian seasoning to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Use homemade marinara sauce for richer flavor.
  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after frying for a crispier coating.


Can I make Chicken Parmesan in advance?

You can bread the chicken ahead of time, but it's best to fry and bake just before serving.

How can I make this dish healthier?

Bake the breaded chicken instead of frying and use whole wheat pasta.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Yes, provolone or a mix of Italian cheeses can also be used.