Chicken parmesan — often labeled as chicken parmigiana in Italian restaurants — is one of the most beloved Italian-American chicken recipes. The mouthwatering dish is easy to prepare and features some of our favorite comfort foods: chicken, melted cheese, marinara sauce and pasta.
Chicken parmesan can be made in a variety of ways, from the traditional oven-baked style served with pasta to a healthy vegan version with beans. It’s easy to prepare chicken parmesan at home, but it might be difficult to find the perfect recipe for your family’s dietary needs and taste preferences. The internet is filled with recipe options, but we’ve done the hard part for you. Here’s our take on some of the best chicken parmesan recipes for different diet plans.
Best Traditional Chicken Parmesan
Everyone should know how to make an authentic chicken parmesan dish, so let’s start with a basic recipe for this traditional Italian classic. The tender breaded chicken is topped with tomato sauce seasoned with plenty of Italian herbs and melted parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. The dish pairs well with any pasta — spaghetti, rigatoni, penne, etc. — roasted vegetables and even zucchini "zoodles."
Best Easy-to-Make Chicken Parmesan
With so many chicken parmesan recipes available, you would be right to assume that some recipes certainly have to be easier than others, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to spot the simpler choices. Luckily, we found a recipe you can easily make when you’re busy but still in the mood for a delicious Italian meal that features all the deliciousness of crunchy bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese and a tangy pasta sauce.
Best Keto-Friendly Chicken Parmesan
Keto-friendly recipes are extremely popular right now — for good reason. We could all use fewer unhealthy carbohydrates, such as starches and sugars, in our daily diets. You might not think chicken parmesan could be adapted into a healthy recipe, but you can make a keto-friendly recipe that is incredibly delicious by replacing a few standard ingredients with keto alternatives — almond flour for all-purpose flour, for instance. The end result tastes like original chicken parmesan with all the zesty Italian herbs and melted cheeses, but it isn’t loaded down with carbs.
Best Vegetarian Spin on “Chicken” Parmesan
Just because you prefer to eat vegetarian dishes, it doesn’t mean you can't enjoy the same zesty flavors of classic chicken parmesan. This particular recipe is vegan as well and features white bean "chicken" parmesan that tastes just like the traditional meat dish, complete with tangy pasta sauce and vegan mozzarella. In place of poultry, the "chicken" is a blend of white beans, bread crumbs, wheat gluten and poultry seasoning.
Best Chicken Parmesan Casserole
A chicken parmesan casserole has all the delicious flavors you expect to find in a traditional chicken parmesan dish, but it’s served as an easy all-in-one dish that takes all the hard work out of making this Italian comfort food. The ingredient list is simple, with shredded chicken, rich marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese at the center of it all. The casserole can be paired with a salad or bread to complete the experience.