Easy Weeknight Chicken Parmesan

Easy weeknight chicken Parmesan is perfect for when you have to put dinner on the table, and you want something simple to put together that tastes good. It only takes 30 minutes to make!

Baked chicken parmesan with cheese served with pesto pasta.

You can quickly make oven baked chicken Parmesan. It doesn’t get easier than this to make a delicious dinner!

There are always a few ingredients that I have in the pantry, spaghetti sauce in the jar. While sometimes I make spaghetti sauce from scratch, I also sometimes need to put together a meal when I have gotten home from a long day, and it beats re-heating something that came pre-packaged and out of the freezer.

Defrost chicken quickly and safely – No Microwave needed.

I always keep a few frozen chicken breasts in the freezer. I love the individually wrapped ones because I can defrost those quickly in a sink of warm water. I stick a plate on top of the frozen chicken breasts and wait about 15 minutes, and the chicken is fully defrosted.

Easy Weeknight Chicken Parmesan – Preparation is easy!

I slice the chicken breasts in half if they are super thick, this keeps the portions under control, and also aids in the cooking time!

Chicken breasts sliced in half

Then I pour a jar of pasta sauce on top, and sprinkle on some Italian cheese blend or Mozzarella cheese, and then I toss everything into the oven. It doesn’t get easier than this!

Oven baked chicken Parmesan is perfect for special diets

One additional benefit of this recipe is that it is low-fat, and low in calories. There is no breading and nothing is fried, so it’s also gluten-free. Can’t have dairy, omit the cheese!

A baking dish full of oven baked chicken parmesan.

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Baked chicken parmesan with cheese served with pesto pasta.

Easy Weeknight Chicken Parmesan

You can make a delicious chicken parmesan at home. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 291kcal


  • 1 pound skinless chicken breasts 4 portions
  • 32 ounces spaghetti sauce - I used Barilla Arrbbiata
  • 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray non-stick spray in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • If the chicken is very thick slice in half horizontally. Season chicken breasts with garlic salt and pepper, place chicken in baking dish.
  • Top chicken breasts with sauce, cover chicken breasts completely. Bake chicken breasts for approximately 20 minutes, remove chicken from oven.
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. You may add Mozzarella cheese if you like. To brown the cheese, turn your oven on broil and broil until the cheese turns brown, this may only take a minute or two.


  • Serve with pasta tossed with pesto sauce.
  • You can prepare this recipe with boneless pork chops.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1864mg | Potassium: 1191mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 2.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Kathy

    5 stars
    I am attempting to make chicken parmesan in my toaster oven. I live in a hotel and make do with what I have. I made my own sauce, browned chicken breasts and topped with sauce and cheese. Broiled until bubbly. Deeeelicious!!! Kale with parmesan and garlic as my side and toasted buttered bread. It is wonderful!!!

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