30 minutes and one big ‘ol skillet is all you’ll need to make this comforting chicken parmesan that goes perfectly with hot pasta—Your family will request this chicken to be on the dinner menu again and again!
So. I’m kinda in love with just about every single little thing in this one skillet.
Thirty-minute, one-skillet, SUPER-cozy dinners, you win at weeknights.
I will say that this chicken is certainly not helping my post-Disney World detox diet, but I kinda don’t care because I am completely in love here and love has no limits.
Just in case you didn’t think I was dedicated to easy dinners, check this out: I even composed a poem about it.
One-skillet dinners, how much do I love thee? You force me to squeal with childish glee.
Thirty-minute dinners, I like you too. You feed my lazy soul and bid my aching feet adieu.
One-skillet, thirty-minute chicken, you’re the tops in my mind. When you were created, no doubt the stars were aligned.
P.S. Don’t tell the skillet ziti I said all these things about this chicken. No doubt he’d get a little jealous.
Okay, so chicken parmesan is pretty much my primo uno dinnertime weakness. Me and him, we go waaaaay back to the time that my mom was still cooking all the dinners and would make the BEST chicken parmesan ever along with a to-die for creamy broccoli alfredo fettuccine.
And that right there was my favorite childhood dinner. I definitely wasn’t one of those kids who went ga-ga over triple-cheese pizza and hamburgers and such. Foodie tastebuds all the way from the beginning.
I remember going through this phase where that chicken parmesan meal was literally ALL I wanted at dinnertime. I must have begged my poor mother to make it probably close to 5 times a week.
Couldn’t get enough then. Still can’t get enough now.
Part of the reason that my mom’s chicken parmesan was so dang good, was the fact that it was kinda an hours-long process. Soooo yeah, I would hazard to guess that’s why she didn’t make it as often as I’d have liked her to.
So I decided to revamp her original recipe in the skillet direction in hopes that I could cut the prep time back to a mere thirty, but still keep all the comforting, homey flavors that scream “Mom’s cooking!”
Mission Impossible = Accomplished. Tres magnifique accomplished.
In less than thirty minutes. With only one skillet and a handful of basic ingredients. With tres magnifique results.
So-good results, says the family. They say this is the best dinner I’ve ever made.
There’s really nothing NOT to love about this winner-winner of a chicken dinner. Obviously the speed and less-dishes part is a plus, but the flavors? MIND-BLOWING. The chicken is super-moist and tender on the inside. And on the outside, it’s coated in crispy breadcrumbs, smothered in a flavorful tomato sauce and covered with a double-whammy of melty cheese.
My family’s favorite way to serve this chicken parmesan is just the good ‘ol fashioned way on top of hot pasta with more of that luscious tomato sauce on the side.
With extra Parmesan sprinkled on top, just because it’s the only way to go.
Diet-buster? Nahhhh. There’s lots of tomatoes here, so that technically puts this chicken in the health-food category.
Your family is going to love this chicken, guys and YOU are going to love how no-brainer it is to make. Fancy Italian in only 30? Yeeeeeess. It’s a win.
It’ll just be between you and me that the “best-ever” dinner took you only thirty minutes and required only one pan to wash. 😉
One-Skillet 30-Minute Chicken Parmesan
- 1-1/2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 lbs chicken breasts
- 2-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Additional fresh basil for garnishing optional
- Place breadcrumbs in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir around occasionally until breadcrumbs are golden-brown and crispy, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
- In a shallow bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper. With a sharp knife, carefully chicken breasts in half along the length and dredge chicken in flour mixture.
- In same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Working in batches, cook chicken in oil, turning occasionally until chicken registers 160F, using additional oil as needed. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate and cover with aluminum foil.
- Pour crushed tomatoes into same skillet along with garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally until tomatoes are simmering. Reduce heat to low and nestle cooked chicken breasts into sauce and sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs. Top with cheeses and additional basil if desired. Cover skillet and let stand 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve chicken immediately.
Have a fabulouuuuuuuus weekend! 😀
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
Happy weekend! This looks like a quick and totally delicious comforting meal 🙂
Thanks Medha! Hope you’re having a fun weekend!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
That poem goes great with this dish, Sarah! I love finding new 30 minute meals. This one looks amazing! You definitely can’t get much better (or easier) than this!
Thanks Gayle! Happy weekend. 🙂
Happy Friday Sarah! Love chicken Parmesan and this one looks mouthwatering! Pinned 🙂
Thanks for pinning, Mira! Have a great rest of the weekend. 🙂
Heather - Butter & Burlap says
All I can say is, WOWZA! This dish looks amazing!! It was recently my dads birthday and he LOVES chicken parmesan! This will be a perfect dish for him when he comes to visit me! I love the whole one pot thing – I’m all about doing less dishes haha. Great recipe!
Thanks Heather! Definitely let me know if you make this chicken parmesan for your dad and what he thinks! 🙂
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
This dinner was made for me! I love chicken parmesan. The flavors are just too good! And only 30 minutes? Let’s do this!
Yeeeees! This chicken so has your name all over it, Nat! 🙂
Jess @ whatjessicabakednext says
Chicken parmesan is one of my favourite comfort dishes! Loving the one-skillet and how quick this is to make! Delicious recipe, Sarah! 😀
Thanks Jess! You would definitely love this chicken if you have a thing for CP!
Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel says
Why are you so amazing! Always making my mouth water. Loving this one skillet dish and the parmesean looks addictively good!
Aaww thanks so much Kelsey! 🙂
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
Haha loved your poem girl, so many amazing talents 🙂 Love this chicken parmesan! It looks amazing! And in only 30 minutes too? Très magnifique!
Thanks Kelly! Have a great weekend, girl. 🙂
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Yes please! I’ll take a massive bowlful right now Sarah. How comforting, homely and delicious.
Thanks Thaila!! 🙂
Alessandra // the foodie teen says
I’m loving the flavours there! Gorgeous photographs too. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Thanks for the photo love, Alessandra! Have a great weekend!
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
So fancy, so simple! I love it!
I love chicken Parmesan, but I always end up with a huge mess afterwards. This is genius! Problem totally solved 😉
Right?! That huge mess is just such a bummer. Totally a win-win to only have to wash one pan with this recipe!
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
Chicken parm is just SO good! This looks amazing, and I’m sure it tastes just as good as mom’s!
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
My husband and I gained like 10lbs. when we went to disneyworld! We were there during the food and wine festival in October and everything was so amazing…as for this one skillet chicken parm, yummmm! One of my favorite dishes, love that you only used 1 pan! Pinned!
Oh man. That sounds like THE time to go to Disney World! I’ll bet the food was outta-this-world amazing! Haha. 🙂
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says
Mmmm chicken parm is such a great, comforting dish! I LOVE this version… so quick and easy! I make a GIANT mess in the kitchen whenever I make chicken parm, so I love that this is a one-skillet meal!
Same deal here with me! A tornado in my kitchen is never a good thing, so this recipe changes everything! LOL.
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
I also LOVE one pan/skillet meals . . less clean-up and they are usually brilliant, like this recipe!! Looks soooo good, Sarah! Pinned and can’t wait to try this one!
Thanks for all the love and for pinning, Alice!! xoxo 🙂
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Oh wow this looks amazing and I totally feel the same way about one pot dinners!
Thanks Julie! One-pot dinners rule!
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
Yay for one skillet meals! Love the poem 😉 Looks delicious, Sarah!
Haha! Thanks Denise!
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
Oh yes! I can tell you that I love 3 minute dinners! And this one looks positively delish. Loving it and pinning it. 🙂
Thanks for pinning, Kristi! You rock, girl!