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Jan 25

Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan on a plate

This easy, lighter crispy Chicken Parmesan features juicy chicken breasts in a crispy seasoned coating, topped with red sauce and stringy Mozzarella cheese! This is one of the dishes my husband and I both crave when we want comfort food, so this recipe is one of our go-to dinners. While this Chicken Parmesan is lightened up a bit, it’s still a very satisfying portion that offers all the classic flavor of the original. You will never believe each hearty piece is just 315 calories or 5 WW (Weight Watchers) Points! To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here! I usually serve this with either pasta or a salad on the side, but zucchini noodles or roasted vegetables would pair nicely as well.

Chicken Parmesan bite on a fork

Since I’ve been blogging about lightened up comfort food and Weight Watchers-friendly recipes for over 10 years now, I did already have a Chicken Parmesan recipe posted here from January 2011 (right after I first started). It was more fussy and I haven’t made it in years, having replaced it with this version in my everyday cooking. There are definitely recipes from early on in my blogging journey that I still make all the time, exactly the same way, like my Barley Beef Skillet. Some though, like the former Chicken Parmesan recipe I had posted, don’t really feel like me anymore as I’ve learned more and my cooking style has adapted. I much prefer the flavor and ease of this Chicken Parmesan recipe, so I decided to scrap the old version and share this one with you instead. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Chicken Parmesan with salad

Looking for more ways to make your chicken breasts delicious? Try my Apple and Brie Stuffed Chicken, Cream Cheese Stuffed Everything Chicken, Pimento Cheese Stuffed Chicken, Baked Hot Barbecue Chicken Tenders, Mediterranean Topped Grilled Chicken, Cheesy Bacon BBQ Chicken, Tuscan Olive Chicken, Fiesta Stuffed Chicken, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Baked Chicken Tenders, Bruschetta Topped Balsamic Chicken, Lemon Pepper Iced Tea Chicken, Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing, Thai Chicken Skewers, Chicken Piccata, Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken and many, many more in the Chicken section of my recipe index!

Chicken Parmesan on a plate
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Chicken Parmesan

This easy, crispy Chicken Parmesan is lighter comfort food with all the flavor you crave!


  • 4 (5 oz each) boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets, (20 oz total)
  • ¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ cup pasta sauce, I used Mid's Traditional Meatless
  • ½ cup 2% shredded Mozzarella cheese


  • Pre-heat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and cover with parchment paper. Use a meat mallet to pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness of about ½” thick.
  • In a shallow dish, add the seasoned breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir to combine. Prepare the beaten egg in a separate shallow dish. Dip each chicken breast into the egg and flip around to coat. Hold up the chicken and allow any excess egg to drip off. Lay the coated chicken in the crumb mixture and flip to coat. Press the breadcrumb mixture lightly into the chicken.
  • In a large skillet, add the oil and bring over medium-high heat. When hot, add the chicken breasts and cook for 4-5 minutes until the bottoms are golden. Flip the breasts and cook for another 3 minutes on the other side to do the same. Transfer the breasts to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Top each piece of chicken with 2 tablespoons of pasta sauce and 2 tablespoons of shredded Mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with a bit more Italian seasoning if desired.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until chicken is fully cooked through.


To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
WW Points per serving: 5 (Points calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving:
315 calories, 14 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 40 g protein, 1 g fiber, 494 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 7 SmartPoints/ Blue: 5 SmartPoints/ Purple: 5 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below
Adapted from Café Delites

17 comments on “Crispy Chicken Parmesan”

  1. This looks delicious!!

  2. Is there a way to make this for just one person? Could it be frozen after it was coater, just before putting it in the pan? So many of us in the WW workshop I attend are single or just couples.

    • You should be able to easily halve or quarter the recipe to just make one or two pieces at a time!

  3. Great recipe!  Chicken Parm is one of my family’s favorite meals.  I’ve been making mine almost the same way for years, except that I always use my own homemade Marinara Sauce, & I always ‘eyeball’ the seasonings-depending upon how much I’m making.  Thanks Emily, your recipes are always delicious.

    • I usually eyeball the seasonings too, haha. I had to actually measure to figure out how much I usually use in order to post the recipe, but I definitely often just add until it feels right. Sounds awesome with homemade marinara!

  4. Made this last night, and it was a keeper. Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. Delicious and easy to prepare5 stars

  6. We loved the crispness of the chicken! Very delicious and easy recipe, will definitely make this again.5 stars

  7. This was delicious and juicy.  We doubled the recipe so we could have leftovers tomorrow night.  5 stars

  8. I used the app to check points on the sauce. Does it account for 3 of the 5sp for blue? I have zero point marinara on hand so if i can use that and lessen the point, I’ll get more pasta 🙂

  9. Made this for dinner tonight and it was simple to make, tasted delicious, and low-point is always a plus! I made 4 breasts so we get leftovers for tomorrow. Served with a 1-point salad. Delicious, would make again. Thanks, Emily! 5 stars

  10. Made this tonight and it was a hit!  My husband asked me to make it again really soon.  Very crunchy but moist chicken!  YUMMY!!!5 stars

  11. Delicious and easy to make.5 stars

  12. This is an easy and satisfying dinner; great for summer!5 stars

  13. So DARN GOOD! So good. Soooo good. Will be on our rotation. Thank you. 5 stars

  14. amazing! 5 stars

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