Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan
Here’s an easy weeknight chicken parmesan recipe that can be made and on your table in under 30 minutes, and the added bonus is that it can all be done in your cast iron skillet, making clean up a cinch! It’s also flour-less and egg-less and gluten-free to boot! My foodie friend Amanda kept telling me that I needed to try this recipe. I already had my favorite chicken parmesan recipe that was passed down from my mom, so I was a bit hesitant to try a new one. I then remembered that I have a recipe blog, and my readers may want some variety, so I gave it a try. I’m so glad that I did because it was fantastic and John and the kids gave it a double thumbs up. I gave it a thumbs up due to taste as well as ease. I still love my classic chicken parmesan because I love the crunchy bread coating, but I love this one just as much, so bonus!
This is basically another pantry meal. Most of the herbs I either had in my backyard or in the fridge, I had some leftover tomato sauce, and I always have cheese on hand, so all I needed to pick up was the chicken breasts. I really love easy meals that I can throw together at the last-minute. It’s just helpful to have an arsenal of those easy pantry recipes on the nights when you’re pulling out your hair wondering what to make.
So, I know you all were anticipating the turkey meatballs recipe today, but ever since I posted this photo on my weekly dinner menu, I’ve had numerous emails asking me to please post this recipe soon. I then decided to be nice and post it today instead of making you wait one more week. I figure the meatballs will be perfect for next week’s Super Bowl as they make a great meatball sub.
Easy skillet chicken parmesan
recipe from Giada De Laurentis
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh italian parsley – I used flat leaf parsley
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise and lightly pounded
- 1 1/2 cups basic tomato sauce, or your favorite tomato or marina sauce
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese – We like our cheese, so we used 3/4 cup
- 1/2 cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces – The recipe called for 2 tablespoons but I used about 1 1/2
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
Let’s prep the ingredients. Prep your chicken, measure out your cheeses, measure out your sauce, cut up your butter and rinse and chop up the rosemary, thyme and italian parsley. In a small bowl add the 3 tablespoons olive oil and then mix in the chopped herbs along with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Get out your chicken and brush each side with the olive oil and herb mixture.
Heat a heavy large oven-proof skillet (I used my 12-inch cast iron) over high heat. Add the chicken and cook just until brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. This step may take longer if your breasts are a bit thicker.
Remove the skillet from the heat. Spoon the tomato sauce over and around the chicken.
Top each breast with a bit of mozzarella. Then sprinkle each breast with some shredded or grated parmesan cheese. It’s really an individual preference here with how much cheese you want to add. We like cheese as you know, so we tend to go a bit on the heavier side.
Sprinkle the butter pieces over the chicken breasts.
Pop the skillet into the oven and bake until the cheese melts and the chicken is cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. The timing will vary on this as well depending on how thick your chicken is. You really just want to make sure that the chicken is cooked through. I always use a meat thermometer to test my chicken, as I will not eat undercooked chicken.
If you want your cheese a bit browned on top, pop it under the broiler for a minute or two until you see the cheese brown up.
Serve this up with some crispy garlic bread and a nice big salad.
We love it served alongside my lacinato kale salad.
Feel free to play with this recipe to suit your dietary needs, add less cheese and butter if you want a healthier or lighter version.
Three cheers for another easy weeknight meal!
For a more traditional chicken parmesan recipe, try my old school version.
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