Chicken parm has always been a crowd favorite, throw it in between some garlic bread, even better! This version still gives you that crispy coating on the chicken, but it’s baked not pan fried.
I always start with pounding out my chicken breast to get it evenly flat. If you lay plastic wrap on top you can keep the juices from making a mess. There are chicken cutlets which are already thin, but it’s usually more expensive and they skimp you on the amount of meat.
Now for the breading. I mentioned before that although these are baked, we still get that crunchy coating; this is by using panko breadcrumbs instead of regular fine breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs are typically used in Japanese cooking when frying foods to get that crunchy coating, it has the same effect baking. They have an “Italian Panko” breading which has herbs mixed into it already.
I dip the cutlet in the flour first on both sides, this will allow the egg to stick better, which will allow the breadcrumbs to stick better. Slightly wiggle off the excess flour, then dip both sides into the whisked eggs. Then place into the breadcrumbs, make sure you press the bread crumbs down and get all the nooks and crannies. Place it on the baking sheet and repeat with other chicken breasts. Put into the oven.
After you have baked the chicken on one side for 15 minutes, flip it over and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove and add red sauce and the cheese. I use arrabbiata sauce because it packs that extra flavor and a little spice to amp up the dish.
You can use whatever cheese you want. I know it’s called chicken parmesan, but I actually put provolone on it above. I’ve done different cheese’s before. If you use fresh mozzarella be careful of the extra moisture in the cheese.
I put it on low broil until the cheese is brown and bubbling.
For the full experience you should 100% put it on my homemade garlic bread and garnish with fresh basil. I also put some extra arrabbiata sauce on the side for dipping purposes.Print
Crispy baked chicken parm sandwich on homemade garlic bread
- 4 individual chicken breast, pounded thin
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 8oz Italian panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 jar (24 oz) Arrabbiata sauce
- Sliced or grated cheese of choice (parmesan, provolone, mozzarella)
- Fresh basil for garnish
- French baguette or sourdough
- My homemade Garlic Bread recipe
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Prepare the garlic bread
- Pound chicken breast to even thickness. In three separate containers add the flour, panko breadcrumbs, and beaten eggs. Take the chicken breast and place it in the flour and coat both sides, give it a small shake to release excess. Next, dip both sides into the egg mixture and then place into the bread crumbs. Make sure to press the breadcrumbs down into the chicken and get the nooks and crannies on both sides. Place onto a greased baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken breast.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes then remove from the oven and flip over, then return back into the oven for 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven and spoon arrabbiata sauce onto the center of each chicken cutlet. Place a slice of cheese on top of each one and return back to the oven. Low broil for 5 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbling.
- Remove from oven and place in the garlic bread. Top with fresh basil and serve with additional arrabbiata sauce on the side for dipping.
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