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Classic Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan Recipe

There’s few non-pasta dishes in Italian-American cuisine more popular than chicken parmesan. In this simple air fryer chicken parmesan recipe, we coated chicken with seasoned bread crumbs for extra flavor. For a nutty, final touch, grate fresh parmesan cheese!

Chicken parmesan, also known as chicken parmigiana in Italian, combines tender chicken breasts, savory marinara sauce and gooey melted cheese. Comforting and satisfying, this meal has become an beloved dinnertime staple. To ensure your chicken parmesan turns out perfectly every time, make sure to pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness before breading them. This helps them cook evenly so they don’t dry out. Additionally, using high-quality marina sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese can elevate the flavors of this dish to new heights.

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For those looking to cut down on oil and calories, this air fryer chicken parmesan recipe won’t disappoint. The air fryer yields crispy chicken without the need for excessive frying, making it a healthier alternative without sacrificing flavor or texture. When it comes to variations, don’t be afraid to get creative. Experiment with different cheeses like provolone or fontina, or add a layer of pesto or sun-dried tomatoes for a unique twist. Serve your chicken parmesan over spaghetti or alongside a fresh salad for a complete meal.

For more delicious chicken recipes, check out Chicken Paillard, Valerie Bertinelli’s Grilled Chicken Thighs and Chicken Cobbler.


4 servings

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  • 4 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs
  • 1½ cups tomato and basil pasta sauce, warmed
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese, about 3 oz.


Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets plastic wrap; pound to 1⁄2"-thick with mallet or heavy pot. Sprinkle with garlic powder and 1⁄4 tsp. salt. In bowl, beat egg. Dip chicken in egg then crumbs.

Heat air fryer to 350°F. Coat air-fryer basket with cooking spray. In 2 batches, air-fry chicken until golden and no longer pink in center, 8-10 min. per batch. Top each cutlet with 2 Tbs. sauce and 1 slice cheese. Air-fry until cheese melts, 2 min. Transfer to baking dish. Serve chicken with remaining sauce.


  • Calories: 360
  • Fat: 13 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 5 gram
  • Protein: 39 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 20 gram
  • Cholesterol: 145 mg
  • Sugar: 8 gram
  • Sodium: 870 mg


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