Chicken Parmesan Sandwich Recipe




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This is my version of a chicken parmesan sandwich - it's not traditional but it is delicious! The way I make the chicken in this recipe is good for both sandwiches and chicken tenders, so it's really like two recipes in one. HOORAY!

This recipe is definitely my favorite use for chicken breasts - if you're careful when frying the chicken is always nice and moist. :)

The breading for the chicken parmesan is about 80% cheese in this recipe. I'm not sure if there's anything else I need to say beyond that, honestly. If you're not convinced you need to make it by now there's no hope. ;)

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Step 1: Ingredients + Tools

  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • buns or bread of choice
  • jarred tomato sauce OR make your own!

You may run out the the parmesan/flour breading mixture if your chicken breasts are huge! If you do, just keep the ratio at 4 parts parmesan to 1 part flour and you'll do fine. :)


  • large skillet for frying
  • pan for heating/making tomato sauce
  • plastic wrap
  • heavy bottomed pan for flattening the breasts
  • sharp knife
  • cutting board

Step 2: Start Your Tomato Sauce

Put the tomato sauce on first so it can simmer and reduce. I find these sandwiches work best if the sauce is nice and thick. :)

This is especially important if you're using my recipe to make it from scratch! If you have time I definitely recommend it - it's much easier than you'd think and tastes so much nicer than the canned stuff.

Step 3: Get Everything Ready for Breading

In a wide, shallow container, crack your eggs and beat them well.

In another container (I'm using a baking dish) combine the parmesan, flour and Italian seasoning. Mix well and taste - add more Italian seasoning as needed! You can add some black pepper too if you like. Just don't add salt - the breading is salty enough as is!

Step 4: Cut Up the Chicken Breasts

The main goal here is to cut them about the same size as the buns/bread you're using. From three chicken breasts, I got six fat pieces that are perfect for sandwiches.

The other little pieces of chicken breast I keep and fry the same way - they're great for dipping in the tomato sauce and midnight snacks. :D

Step 5: Flatten Out the Chicken

Lay a piece of plastic wrap over the cut chicken breasts and pound with a heavy bottomed pot.

Just try to get all the pieces to the same thickness throughout. :)

Step 6: Bread the Chicken

We're going to double bread the chicken - it makes a fantastic crust!

First, coat each piece in the beaten egg, and then dredge it well in the parmesan/flour mix. When you finish with each piece put it on a plate to the side.

Once all the pieces have finished the first round of breading, repeat the process again. Be gentle the second time around so you don't pull off any of the breading. Place them on a plate as you finish them.

Step 7: Fry the Chicken

Get out a large skillet and pour in enough oil to cover the bottom. You don't want too much! Just enough to reach about halfway up the chicken breasts.

Heat the skillet over medium high heat until the oil shimmers. If you're not sure how to tell if the oil is hot enough, drop in a grain of rice or some of the breading. If it rises to the surface and bubbles and dances about immediately, you're good to go!

Add in the chicken and make sure not to crowd the pan - you don't want anything of the pieces touching.

Fry just until the underside is nice and golden brown, and then flip and repeat. This will go very fast - no more than 1-2 minutes per side.

Don't let the breading go past golden brown, either - the cheese will get pretty bitter. :)

Once they're done frying, place them on a plate with paper towels and drain.

Step 8: Assemble and Enjoy!

Toast your bread or bun and assemble the sandwich. You can add some mozzarella on top too and broil for a moment if you want even more cheese. :D

And remember to fry up all the little chicken pieces in the breading for snacks! They are sooooooo good.

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    21 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, man... one of these days I will get so fat. First I found this grilled cheese guide:

    And now this delicious looking burger recipe... You guys have no mercy.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    It looks fantastic. It is officialy on my list of things to try.


    4 years ago

    There should be a link on every Instructable to purchase the end result from the author. Can you send me a dozen of these? :-)

    Definitely! So long as you salted them well beforehand and let them drain a bit. Just wouldn't want them to have too much liquid in them. :)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    3 more ideas/tips not pilfered. 1- Use Progresso Italian Flavored
    Breadcrumbs. You can add more spice or whatever you like.

    2- Do not
    double coat the cutlets, it dilutes the flavor of the chicken and just
    adds more "bread".

    3- Save Cleanup- Place chicken BETWEEN 2 pieces of Plastic Wrap. Forget the matzo meal, I do use/like Panko.

    I MP

    4 years ago on Introduction

    You can use matzo meal instead of Panko bread crumbs. Works as well and is cheaper. I use matzo meal for almost all of my breaded meat recipes.


    4 years ago

    Que rico se ve, tiene que estar muy bueno.


    Two ideas Pilfered from Americas Test Kitchen...

    Mix a tablespoon of flour in the egg mixture and make sure to get all the lumps mixed in.

    Instead of flour with the Parmesan, use Panko bread crumbs at the same ration or 3:1 cheese/breadcrumbs.

    Either way it looks like a fairly quick and easy lunch for kids on the run.

    Tomorrow, my lunch plans are set.

    Thank You.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Good recipe. - If you are adverse to frying foods .. Panko crumbs added to the flour & then baking in an oven will give the fried "crunch".


    4 years ago

    Looks delicious. Another recipe I'll have to try. Thanks for sharing:)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    mmm that looks good gonna have to try it out!