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Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana) for One One

Dive into the delightful world of Solo Parmesan Chicken also called “Parmigiana” in Italian, a recipe that stands out with its perfect blend of simplicity and classic Italian flavor. This single-serving wonder is quick, customizable, and designed for minimal waste, making it the ideal choice for a busy lifestyle.

Woman hand holding a spoon with cheesy chicken breast with vegetables on a blue surface.

This solo parmesan chicken is a classic Italian dish reimagined for your dynamic lifestyle. This recipe is the epitome of convenience, ideal for a quick lunch or a relaxed dinner after a long day.

Imagine a succulent chicken breast, coated in a crispy breadcrumb mix, then baked to perfection with rich tomato sauce, and a blend of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

This dish not only tantalizes your taste buds but also aligns seamlessly with your need for speed and efficiency in the kitchen.

With common ingredients and a total time of just 30 minutes, this single-serve chicken parmesan will become your new go-to meal.

Furthermore, this one-person parmesan feast is not just about satisfying your hunger. It’s about embracing a lifestyle that values portion control and minimizing food waste, ensuring you’re only making what you need.

Perfect for those nights when you’re dining solo, this easy solo chicken bake is adaptable to your taste and available ingredients, making every iteration of this dish uniquely yours.

So, let’s dive into creating your new favorite, the one-plate chicken parmesan!

🌟 Recipe Tips

  • Quality of Ingredients: Use high-quality chicken breast. The freshness and quality of your chicken significantly impact the final flavor. Similarly, opt for fresh basil and high-grade cheeses for a richer taste.
  • Breading Technique: For the perfect breadcrumb coating, ensure your chicken breast is slightly damp before dredging it in breadcrumbs. This helps the coating stick better, giving you that desired crispy texture.
  • Even Cooking: Pound the chicken breast to an even thickness. This not only helps in tenderizing the meat but also ensures it cooks evenly, preventing any dry or undercooked spots.
  • Sauce Selection: The marinara sauce can make or break this dish. Choose a robust and flavorful tomato sauce, or better yet, make your own with fresh tomatoes and herbs for an authentic touch.
  • Cheese Matters: When it comes to cheese, the blend of mozzarella and Parmesan is crucial. Mozzarella offers creaminess and melt, while Parmesan brings a sharp, nutty flavor. Grate your own cheese for the best melting properties and flavor.
  • Baking Precision: Avoid over-baking. Keep an eye on the chicken while it’s in the oven. Overcooking can lead to a dry texture. The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Resting Time: Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after baking. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring your chicken is moist and tender.
  • Serving Temperature: Serve hot. This dish is best enjoyed when the cheese is still melty and the chicken is warm, bringing out the full symphony of flavors.

🥘 Ingredients & Substitutes

Chicken breast with mozzarella, tomato sauce, parmesan, basil leaves and breadcrumbs.
  • Chicken Breast is the star of the show, providing a lean, high-protein base. If chicken’s not on the menu, turkey breast or firm tofu can step in. Turkey maintains a similar texture and flavor profile, while tofu offers a plant-based alternative that soaks up flavors beautifully.
  • Tomato Sauce brings acidity and richness, tying the dish together. No tomato sauce? Try crushed tomatoes with a pinch of Italian seasoning or even a smooth pasta sauce for a similar zesty, tomatoey foundation.
  • Breadcrumbs create that essential crispy coating. They add texture and help lock in the chicken’s moisture. Panko breadcrumbs are a great alternative for extra crunch, or for a gluten-free option, almond meal or crushed gluten-free crackers work wonders.
  • Mozzarella Cheese adds creamy, melty goodness. It’s all about that delightful cheese pull. If mozzarella is out of reach, provolone offers a similar meltability and mild flavor, while a mild white cheddar can add a bit more sharpness.
  • Parmesan Cheese injects a punch of salty, nutty flavor. It’s a key player for that authentic Italian touch. In its absence, Grana Padano or Pecorino Romano can fill its shoes, offering similar salty, umami characteristics.
  • Fresh Basil is the final flourish, adding a burst of freshness. If fresh basil isn’t handy, dried basil can work in a pinch, or try fresh spinach for a different, yet still delightful, green touch.

👩‍🍳 Directions

First, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Cut the meat into a slice about the size of your palm, with a thickness of ½ inch. Coat the meat in breadcrumbs, ensuring it’s well covered on both sides.

Coating a chicken breast in a white plate with breadcrumbs.

Fry the meat in a pan over high heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side, just enough to brown it.

Frying a crispy chicken breast in a frying pan with foil.

Once the crust has formed, remove the meat to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess fat.

Then, take the baking dish you will use for the meat, spread half of the tomato sauce on the bottom, and tear 3 basil leaves over the sauce.

Black baking dish with marinara sauce and basil leaves on a white surface.

Place the browned meat on top.

Coated golden chicken breast in a black baking dish on a white surface.

Then, add the remaining tomato sauce and basil leaves over the meat.

Black baking dish with marinara sauce and basil leaves on a white surface.

Generously sprinkle with grated mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Black oven dish with grated parmesan and mozzarella cheese on a white surface.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until the cheese melts and turns golden brown. Serve hot with a salad for a balanced meal.

Black oven dish over a kitchen towel on a white surface.

🍴 How to Double the Recipe:

Doubling this one-plate chicken parmesan recipe is straightforward and perfect when you’re cooking for two. Simply double each ingredient: use two chicken breasts instead of one, double the amounts of tomato sauce, breadcrumbs, mozzarella, Parmesan, and fresh basil.

When it comes to cooking, use a larger pan to accommodate both chicken breasts comfortably, ensuring they’re not overcrowded. This might slightly increase the frying and baking times, so keep an eye on the chicken and check for doneness.

Remember, each breast should reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Doubling the recipe is a great way to share this delicious meal or to have a ready-to-eat meal for the next day!

🍽️ Servings

Italian-Style Side Salad

  • Components: Enhance your Solo Parmesan Chicken with a fresh Italian-style side salad. Include mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, olives, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
  • Presentation: Place the salad on the side of the chicken on a large plate. Drizzle with a balsamic vinaigrette and garnish with a basil leaf for an authentic Italian touch.
  • Occasion: Perfect for a refreshing and balanced dinner, especially on warm evenings or when you’re craving something light yet satisfying.

Garlic Bread Extravaganza

  • Components: Complement your dish with homemade garlic bread. You’ll need a baguette, butter, minced garlic, and a touch of parsley.
  • Presentation: Slice the baguette diagonally, spread the garlic butter mixture, and toast until golden. Serve alongside the chicken, arranged in a fan shape for an inviting look.
  • Occasion: Ideal for a cozy night in or when hosting a friend. The garlic bread adds a comforting, indulgent side that pairs wonderfully with the chicken.

Zesty Lemon Asparagus

  • Components: Pair your chicken with a side of lemony asparagus. You’ll need fresh asparagus, lemon zest, olive oil, and a pinch of salt.
  • Presentation: Roast the asparagus until tender, then sprinkle with lemon zest. Arrange the asparagus spears neatly beside the chicken for a pop of color and flavor.
  • Occasion: Suited for a spring or summer meal, or when you’re looking for a light yet elegant side dish that complements the robust flavors of the chicken.

🍽️ Variations

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

  • Twist: Add a filling of spinach and ricotta inside the chicken breast for a creamy and nutritious boost. Mix ricotta cheese with sautéed spinach, garlic, and a hint of nutmeg.
  • How-To: Slice a pocket into the chicken breast, stuff it with the spinach-ricotta mixture, then proceed with the regular breading and baking steps.
  • Perfect For: Those looking for a richer, more flavorful meal. It’s a great way to sneak in some greens!

Crispy Air-Fryer Chicken Parmesan

  • Twist: Use an air fryer for a healthier, crispier version with less oil.
  • How-To: After breading the chicken, cook it in the air fryer until crispy. Then top with sauce and cheese, and air fry until the cheese melts.
  • Perfect For: Health-conscious individuals or when you’re short on time. The air fryer speeds up the cooking process and reduces fat content.

Eggplant Chicken Parmesan Stack

  • Twist: Introduce slices of eggplant for a veggie-packed variation.
  • How-To: Alternate layers of breaded and baked eggplant slices with the chicken parm. Top with sauce and cheese as usual.
  • Perfect For: A hearty dinner or when craving extra vegetables. This version is visually impressive and satisfying.

Spicy Chicken Parmesan

  • Twist: Add a kick to the dish with some spicy elements.
  • How-To: Incorporate crushed red pepper flakes into the breadcrumb mixture and use a spicy marinara sauce.
  • Perfect For: Those who love a bit of heat in their meals. It’s a great way to spice up a classic dish.

Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

  • Twist: Make it gluten-free for those with dietary restrictions.
  • How-To: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free cereal for the coating and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free.
  • Perfect For: Anyone following a gluten-free diet. This version ensures they don’t miss out on this delicious dish.

❄️ Storage


  • Duration: Store the cooked chicken Parmesan in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Method: Allow it to cool to room temperature. Then, place it in an airtight container to prevent it from absorbing other flavors and aromas in the fridge.
  • Consideration: If you’ve used fresh basil as a garnish, remove it before storing as it may wilt or darken.


  • Duration: It can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  • Method: Wrap the cooled chicken tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • Consideration: Freezing may slightly alter the texture of the cheese and breadcrumb coating, but it will still be enjoyable when reheated.

Thawing and Reheating

  • Thawing: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator for best results. Avoid thawing at room temperature as it can lead to bacterial growth.
  • Reheating: To retain the dish’s texture, reheat in the oven or toaster oven at 350°F until heated through (about 10-15 minutes). Microwaving is quicker but may soften the breadcrumb coating.

Additional Tip

  • Labeling: Always label your storage container with the date, so you know how long it’s been stored.

🤔 FAQs

Can I Prepare This Dish Ahead of Time?

Absolutely. You can bread the chicken and keep it in the fridge for up to a day before cooking. Just cover it tightly to keep it fresh. This step is particularly handy if you have a busy schedule and want to cut down on prep time during meal hours.

What Should I Do With Leftover Ingredients?

Leftover ingredients can be creatively used in other dishes. Extra breadcrumbs can be stored in an airtight container for future use. Leftover cheese is great in salads, omelets, or as a topping for other baked dishes. Any extra tomato sauce can be used for pasta or as a base for soups and stews.

How Can I Tell When the Chicken is Perfectly Cooked?

The chicken is perfectly cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (around 74°C). It’s best to use a meat thermometer to check. The chicken should be golden brown on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.

📔 Recipe Card:

Woman hand holding a spoon with cheesy chicken breast with vegetables on a blue surface.

Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana) for One One

Enjoy a single-serving Chicken Parmesan, an easy-to-make, delicious Italian meal ideal for a dynamic urban lifestyle.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Baking Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1
Calories 465 kcal



  • 6 oz Chicken Breast
  • ½ cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz Mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan
  • 1 brunch Fresh Basil


  • Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Prepare the Chicken: Cut the chicken breast into a palm-sized slice, about ½ inch thick. Coat it evenly with breadcrumbs on both sides.
    6 oz Chicken Breast, 2 tablespoons Breadcrumbs
  • Brown the Chicken: Fry the chicken in a pan over high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, until browned.
  • Drain Excess Fat: After browning, place the chicken on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Layer the Baking Dish: Spread half of the tomato sauce in the baking dish. Tear and add 3 basil leaves on the sauce.
    ½ cup Tomato Sauce, 1 brunch Fresh Basil
  • Assemble the Dish: Place the browned chicken on the sauce. Top with the remaining tomato sauce and basil leaves.
  • Add Cheese: Sprinkle the grated mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the chicken.
    2 oz Mozzarella, 1 tablespoon Parmesan
  • Bake: Cook in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
  • Serve: Enjoy hot, accompanied by a fresh salad for a complete meal.


  • Adjust Seasoning: Depending on your taste preference, you can adjust the seasoning in the breadcrumb mixture. Adding a bit of garlic powder, paprika, or Italian seasoning can enhance the flavor.
  • Cheese Layering: For an extra cheesy experience, layer some additional mozzarella and Parmesan halfway through baking. This creates a richer, cheesier top layer.
  • Serving Size: This recipe is designed for one serving. If you’re cooking for more people, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings needed.
  • Cooking Method Variation: If you don’t have an oven, you can cook the chicken in a skillet. After frying, add the sauce and cheese directly in the skillet and cover to melt the cheese.
  • Wine Pairing: If you enjoy wine with your meal, a light red like Pinot Noir or a crisp white like Pinot Grigio pairs beautifully with this dish.
  • Customization: Feel free to add your own twist to this recipe by incorporating different herbs, spices, or even a splash of white wine in the tomato sauce for added depth of flavor.


Calories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 48gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 2915mgPotassium: 1066mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1021IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 420mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cheese, Chicken
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