There are hundreds of ways to cook up a grilled chicken Parmesan. It’s just the tasty cheesy chicken with marinara sauce that is so appealing that make this dish so popular and favorable at meal time.
This recipe aimed at creating the perfect crispy chicken with cheesy marinara sauce to top off salad, spaghetti, zucchini noodles or even sandwich. It can be cooked on the grill, oven bake, broil or pan fry. The key is to make sure chicken is lightly cooked before dredge over bread crumbs to prevent burnt but still infuse with smoky flavor.
Depend on tomato sauce being used, this is where each creation will be differ even when using similar recipe. This time, I used the freshly homemade marinara sauce recipe that is perfect topping sauce for spaghetti. For sandwich or other hand food, just thicken the sauce through longer simmering.
Recipe for Grilled Chicken Parmesan
- 4 boneless chicken breast about 1 lbs
- 3 cups home made marinara sauce or store bought
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped basil
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- A sprinkle of red pepper flake
- A sprinkle of ground pepper
- 1 clove garlic crushed and minced
For crumb topping
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Sides noodle or bread
- 2 zucchini
- 2 handful baby arugula
- 8 oz thin spaghetti noodle
Marinade the breasts
- Pound the chicken breasts to thin them out evenly.
- In a container. whisk together marinade ingredients: 2 Tbsp Olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp dried Oregano, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, A sprinkle of red pepper flake, A sprinkle of ground pepper, 1 clove garlic crushed and minced.
- Add the chicken breast, mix and turn to coat the breast evenly with marinade solution.
- Cover and let sit for 30 minutes to soak.
Prepare crumb topping
- Melt the butter and Mix all the crumb topping ingredients into a large container.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Sear each breasts sides on grill until lightly brown (roughly about 3 minutes per side).
- Dredge all the breasts onto bread crumbs mixture, make sure to cover on both sides, shake off excess.
- Drizzle some extra olive oil over breaded chicken breasts to avoid burnt.
- For the remaining unused bread crumbs mixture, add 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese and mix evenly.
- Place all breaded breasts on the grill, and grill until one side is browned (3-5 minutes).
- Flip all breasts over and continue grill the other sides.
- While grilling the second sides, swoop 2 spoons of marinara sauce and spread even layer onto each browned breasts' sides.
- Top over marinara layer with grated mozzarella cheese.
- Sprinkle the remaining bread crumbs/parmesan mixture atop mozzarella cheese to create an evenly thin layer.
- Continue to grill until bottom breaded chicken breasts are browned, and the cheese topping has melted.
Oven or Broiler instruction
- In a oven safe tray or casserole dish, Bake or broil chicken breast until lightly cooked (about 10-12 minutes).
- Dredge the breasts over panko crumbs mixture evenly, shake off excess and put back onto tray. Drizzle some olive oil a top and bake/broil until crumbs are golden brown (about 5-10 minutes).
- While waiting, mix the remaining crumbs with 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese.
- Flip all breasts sides over, spoon on generous amount of marinara sauce to cover upper sides surface.
- Then top with mozzarrella cheese all over and finally add a layer of the remaining crumbs/parmesan mixture.
- Place tray back into oven/broiler and cook until cheese melts and crumb top turn light brown.
- Boil or prepare spaghetti noodle as boxed instruction.
- Spiral slice all zucchini into noodles.
- Heat up a skillet over high heat, spray in some olive oil.
- Once oil is hot, toss in the zucchini and keep stirring until lightly cooked (about 3-5 minutes), don't overcook or you will have mushy noodles.
- On a serving plate, add serving portion of spaghetti on one side topped with marinara sauce and fresh herb.
- For the other half, arrange grilled chicken parmesan bedding over zucchini noodles and baby arugula, top with some fresh basil