Classic Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Indulge in the rich, comforting flavors of this classic Chicken Parmesan, featuring tender, breaded chicken smothered in a robust homemade tomato sauce and melted cheeses. A perfect blend of savory and herby tones makes this dish a heartwarming meal for any occasion.

Why You’ll Love This: This recipe elevates the traditional Chicken Parmesan with its homemade tomato sauce, bringing a depth of flavor you can’t find in store-bought versions. The crispy exterior of the chicken, coupled with the luscious, cheesy topping and aromatic herbs, creates a delightful texture and taste combination. It’s an ideal dish for both casual family dinners and impressive gatherings.

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 diced medium yellow onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 28 oz crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp dried or 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ cup water or chicken broth

For the Chicken:

  • 3 large or 4 small chicken breasts
  • Seasonings: 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground pepper, ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup panko or Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup flour

For Assembly:

  • Frying oil
  • Mozzarella (fresh or shredded)
  • Fresh basil
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Sauce Preparation:
    • Sauté onions in olive oil until soft. Add garlic, cook for a minute. Stir in tomatoes, herbs, sugar, salt, and garlic salt. Add water or broth. Simmer until thickened.
  2. Prepare Chicken:
    • Slice and pound chicken to ¼” thickness. Season both sides. Dredge in flour mixed with garlic salt, then in beaten eggs with salt and pepper, and finally in breadcrumbs.
  3. Fry Chicken:
    • Fry in hot oil until golden and crispy. Drain on a rack.
  4. Bake Chicken:
    • Preheat oven to 450F. Place fried chicken on a baking sheet, top with sauce, Parmesan, mozzarella, and basil. Bake until cheese melts.
  5. Serve:
    • Enjoy with pasta or as a sandwich with toasted bread, more sauce, and fresh basil.

Note: Enhance the breadcrumbs with Italian seasonings if unseasoned. For a sandwich version, add arugula between toasted bread slices.

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