Italian Chicken Parmesan Recipe with Spaghetti and Red Marinara Sauce

by Sugar on February 15, 2012 · 83 comments

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Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan (also Parmigiana) with homemade marinara sauce and spaghetti is a favorite dish in my house. I love to make it for Sunday Pasta or when we have a family party.  Since we are Italian there are a lot of family parties. LOL!

My recipe is very easy and basic, but the secret to a good Chicken Parmesan like most recipes, is using good quality ingredients. You should make your own marinara sauce, (you can watch that video here) and use good quality cheese, tomatoes, and herbs.

If you follow my simple steps especially on how to filet and pound the chicken, you will be serving up a dish that the whole family will love.  My full recipe is below the video.

Italian Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti and Red Marinara Sauce

Serves 6-8


  • 4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied, pounded thin and then cut in half
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups Sugar’s Marinara Sauce (See Recipe here)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (you can use more if you like to)
  • Chopped fresh basil or parsley as a garnish


Preheat oven to 350°

Fillet and pound the chicken.

In a bowl, beat the eggs with the milk. Spread the bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs. Set aside on a spate plate and repeat until all the cutlets are coated.

In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the chicken and fry over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Drain the chicken on paper towels, and then transfer to a rimmed baking sheet or pan.

Add some sauce to the bottom of the pan then add the chicken breasts in a single layer, top with some more marinara sauce, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, top with shredded mozzarella, put back in the oven uncovered until cheese is melted and bubbling.

Remove from oven, sprinkle parsley or basil and serve with a side of spaghetti.

This is my son’s favorite meal. He loved it so much it was the first meal he learned to cook on his own. If he can do it so can you.


Charjb says:

Thank so much for this recipe….o-m-g YUM! I gave some of this to a boy I like and he has been calling me by the hour. My sister and 1 year nephew love it. This is my first time making homemade Marianna sauce. Meatloaf here I come!

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I’m so happy to hear it. Thanks for the sweet feedback. I’m sure the meatloaf will be a hit too. :)

Xella says:

I simply love that recipe! I tried it last weekend and will from now on make it on a regular basis for sure!

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I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks for the sweet feedback. :)

Char says:

Hi Sugar,
I was wondering…my husband really loves veal parmesan..would I cook this the exact same way as the chicken parm as far as the cooking time ??
Thanks for you help and all the delicious recipes !


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Yes you can do the veal the same way but only bake it for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Diane says:

Hi Sugar,

I recently found your recipe and video for Chicken Parmesan after doing a Google search. I consider myself a beginner cook- nonetheless, I was craving this meal and decided to be courageous! My boyfriend and I went shopping for all the ingredients. We then spent some quality time together in the kitchen teaching each other.. filled with joyous laughter, a few mistakes and a glass of wine-then of course, another glass with the meal. And BAM! Talk about success! Everyone loved it! My boyfriend even went for seconds 😉 We served it over Angel Hair pasta which was awesome! And I am not ashamed to admit- we had left-overs- it was absolutely delicious the next day as well. Thank you so much for all your effort! I am now a “follower” to your blog and a “fan” on Facebook! So happy that I found you! <3 ~ Diane

PS. I started a blog this past Feb.- thought maybe you might want to check it out- I have considered adding a page dedicated to photos that I take of my food (yes, I took a couple sweet photos of the Chicken Parmesan!)- cooking and photography- has become quite a joy for me- but I haven't yet added the page yet.

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Oh I am so happy to hear this. Thank you for the great feedback and keep on cooking and spreading love from your kitchen. XXOO

ariana says:

Love Ya, Sugar. you’re totally amazing.
P.S. cute son by the way

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Oh thank you sweetie. XXOO

Denise Kent says:

My parents 45th wedding anniversary is on Christmas day, so my sister and I have decided to cook them a romantic dinner by candle light. We sent them an invitation requesting “their presence” with the time, date and location. LOL
I found this delicious recipe and think I’m going to go for it! I need to prepare it at my home then take it on a 30min drive. Can I cook the chicken and cover for drive to location of dinner? Once at the location of dinner could I then put the covered chicken in the refridgerator and pull out to bake closer to their arrival time?
I want to serve this fresh out of the oven. And one more thing…could you please recommend a type of wine? (something not to strong) we are providing a romantic setting and thought we would give them the option of wine..but it’s not something they normally chose to drink.
Tip..(I started cooking within the last year, so not that experienced, so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated)

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Happy Anniversary to them!
If I were you I would make the chicken and the sauce the a day or two before. Make the sauce and while the sauce is cooking do the chicken. Cook the chicken completely by frying it and then let it cool. Once it’s cool you can add some sauce to the bottom of a baking dish. Place the chicken in the dish cover with some more sauce and refrigerate the whole dish being sure to cover it with plastic wrap not foil. If foil touches the red sauce over night the acid will eat away at it. Refrigerate the extra sauce and grate your cheese. Keep the extra sauce and the grated mozzarella in a separate container. Take everything with you the next day cold from the refrigerator. When you get to the house you can refrigerate everything if you aren’t going to be eating for a few hours. About 1 1/2 hours before you plan to eat take out the chicken and let it sit out so it won’t be ice cold when you bake it. Bake it covered with foil like I show in the recipe. You may need to bake it a little longer becuse it may still be cold. Season with grated parm cheese and extra sauce if it looks too dry. They follow my directions for adding the shredded mozzarella. It will be super amazing and they will love it. You can heat any extra sauce to serve on the side or make a double batch of sauce and serve with pasta. Merry Christmas and God Bless. XXOO

Denise Kent says:

Thank you Sugar for taking the time to give me step by step instructions. I know it will be delicious, I guess I’m nervous…if I goof, they don’t get to eat! LOL
Merry Christmas to you!

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You are welcome honey. :)

naomi lopez says:

how many calories is this meal ?

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Naomi there are probably too many to count. I don’t calculate the calories on my website but I’m sure that you can find a calorie counter for chicken parm. I make this for Sunday dinners and on Sunday we never count calories. LOL!! :)

Jordan J. says:

This is delicious!! I made a small serving on Sunday night for myself, and all of my roommates wanted to try it. We completely devoured it!! Yesterday, they came to me wanting more and we all went to the store and chipped in to buy lots of chicken. Now, everyone has a plastic container of left-overs for the whole week! This was definitely a hit. Thank you!!

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Oh that is so great to hear. Thanks for the nice feedback. :)

Becky says:

I made this tonight. It was FANTASTIC!! My husband went back for thirds. Yes, he ate 3 pieces! My daughters loved it as well. This recipe made its permanent home in my recipe binder, will be cooked throughout the years now and passed down to my children (via the recipe book). Thank you for this recipe and the video as well, Sugar! Next, your meatball recipe!!

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You made my day. I wish I was there to have a piece. YUM!!!

Sugar :)

Yasmine says:

Yummy! That look so good thanks for your videos that make the recipes so easy to do .

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Yasmine, thank you for taking the time to write me. :)


Martha says:

SUGAR!! Made this for my husband & he love it!! Thank you for this great recipe, keep up the great work!!

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Oh Martha I am so happy to hear that. Thanks for the feedback and do try some of my other recipes. :)

Sasha says:

I made this SUG!!!!!!!!!!!! It was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! A friend came over and LOVED IT! I made some green beans as a side with this. Thanks for the recipe.

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Oh you made my day honey. I love to hear that people made my recipes and it worked out well. :)

Thanks for taking the time to write to me. XXOO

lisajean says:

I’m expecting company tomorrow and was wondering if it would be okay if I prepare the chick. parm but bake it tomorrow. your thoughts please. thanks!

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Oh yes I do that often. Just make sure you fry the chicken so it is fully cooked. Then just put it together,cover it and refrigerate. I take it out a good 30 minutes before I put it in the oven so it isn’t ice cold when you bake it. Enjoy!

Jenny says:

My family LOVED this! Thank you for the recipe :}

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Thanks for the feedback Jenny :) I’m so glad they loved it.

Julia Schmidt says:

Hi Sugar,

I just made that Italian Chicken Parmesan with the Marinara Sauce and it is so delicious! I love your recipes and your videos and I’m making advertisment for you in Germany :)

Thank you for your inspiration, it’s going all around the world :)

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Oh you are so sweet. Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It is nice to know that I can spread love from my kitchen to others around the world. I have never been to Germany but plan on going one day. My husband is Germand so it is certainly a place we will hope to see one day.

Thanks again and have a great day.

God Bless,


Suzanne Rowe says:

I made this last week for 10 middle school boys and they LOVED it!!!! I had no leftovers at all!!!
Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Hi, Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m so glad they liked it. I made it tonight. :)


Nicole says:

Hi Sugar,
My name is Nicole and I am having a graduation party this June at a fire hall. I LOVEEEE to cook so I’ve convinced my parents that there is NO need to hire a caterer, I’d take care of allllll the cooking (so exciting). Anyway, there will be about 70 people at the party… is this a dish I could make up ahead of time and reheat…? I need some kind of chicken dish that I know everyone will like, and I’m torn between a chicken parm or chicken marsala…

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WOW that is going to be one big job for you but I agree it will be fun. This is a great dish to make for a big party like that. When I am making this for a party that big I like to make the chicken pieces smaller. I cut the cutlets in half the size I usually serve. Depending on how much other food I’m having. This makes it possible for people to sere themselves a smaller portion and not have to have a huge piece of chicken on their plate.

You can make the chicken ahead of time cooking it completely but leaving the sauce on the side. (Be sure to make extra sauce) If you make the chicken 2 days before you can refrigerate it. If it’s longer than that I would freeze it. The day you are going to serve it you can add the sauce and then just heat it. I’m sure if you cook you know what I’m talking about. Everyone will love it.

Congratulations and be sure to let me know how everyone likes it. Oh and tell them about my site too so we can spread the love from our kitchens.


Linda says:


This recipe was sooo delicious!!! You made me gain so much weight because of this! But it’s all for a great recipe :) my 4 year old son is also obsessed with this recipe, he calls it “his recipe” and he always “craves it”. We love cooking together, especially your recipes because you make it so easy for us. We always watch your videos, your very sweet :) Thank you so much.

P.S. The iPhone App was such a plus and so convenient too.
Stay safe and keep cooking

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You are so sweet to take the time to write to me. Thank you for the great feedback. You made my day.


Sugar :)

Jenny says:

Tried and a keeper for sure! Yummmmmmo!

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So glad you liked it. :) Thanks for the feedback. Be sure to try some of my other recipes and share them with family and friends. I love spreading love from my kitchen to others.


Nadine says:

Hello there,

Made this too, and it was FABULOUS – Melted in our mouths! Restaurant quality, just fantastic!

So good!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

WOW you have been a busy cook. So glad you are liking all of my recipes. :)

ysobel says:

Hi there!!! your recipes are soooo interesting, i love most is the munchkin cake pops.
But one thing is where I could find how to make the spaghetti sauce? thanks!!

sylvia sanchez says:

Hi sugar, I am planning a party for my niece who is turning 18.I was wondering what you would recommend to serve. I am just serving finger food. But dont have any receipes for
finger foods. Can you give me some ideas. Im also going to attempt to make a purse cake.
Its a glam diva birthday party. Cant wait to hear from you.

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Hi honey. I am sorry it is taking me so long to write back. My son broke his clavicle bone during his game the other day so I have been in the hospital, at the doctors and taking care of him ever since. He is doing well and will be fine but needs a few weeks to heal. I’m just now trying to catch up on all my email.

The party sounds so lovely. I’m sure the purse cake will look great.

As for the food if you want to serve finger foods I along with some other great bloggers have done a ton of recipes for Betty Crocker and Pillsbury. You can find great stuff there and search what you think people will like. Maybe some mini quiches, a chees plate, some mini kebabs. You may want to go with theme like Mexican, Mediterranean, or Asian and shape the menu that way.

Have fun planning and cooking and keep me posted.

Happy Birthday to your niece.


Sandy Morrocco sealy says:

Hi sugar! I’m making Sunday dinner tonite .. My mom coming over. Chicken parm is the perfect choice… is so great…your son is adorable. My girls will be helping me out today…the love chicken parm. Thx for tip about mozzarella..the one in bag is dry..I am going to shred fresh this time. Sandy

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I hope it all turned out well. Keep me posted and thanks for the feedback.

Sugar :)

Sandy Morrocco sealy says:

Your recipe turned out fabulous! My mom was so proud of my cooking….thank you so much!

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Oh Sandy you made my day. I’m so glad to hear it worked out. I’m sure you were proud of yourself too.

Now you will be ready to try some of my other recipes.



Lisa says:

Olivia would like to see you make ginger bread men. We love all of your videos!

Beejene says:

ONe of my favorites!!! Sugar, who are you talking to at the end of some of your videos? very funny!!

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Sunday pasta at my house is crazy. I was yelling to my mom. Her and I look like sisters and we are usually all yelling at each other in the kitchen. LOL!! I will have to do a video of us making home made ravioli. It’s a funny assembly line.

Sugar :)

Karen G says:

Hi Arlene,
Matthew is a budding chef! He looks great in that apron-LOL. Next time he is at my house he can absolutely cook for us.
TTYS, Karen

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He has a lot to learn, but one recipe at a time right?

Sugar 😉

Valerie Forster says:

Hi. Just had a minute to say I am enjoying your recipes. This one looks great and I will be
trying it soon. Loved both your Chicken corn chowder, and skinny chicken soup.
Loved to see the family all there enjoying a meal together. Who gets to clean up
when all is over.

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I’m so glad you liked them. Yes it is so great to have family and friends over for dinner. We do it every Sunday and we all love it.

Most days the cooks don’t clean up. That is sort of the rule. LOL!!


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Oh I am so glad you liked it. Thanks for the sweet feedback. Your site is great too. XXOO