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Chicken parmesan pasta in a garlic tomato sauce

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Chicken Parmesan is one of the best ways to prepare chicken breasts: when prepared properly, they come out juicy, flavorful, and crunchy, made even better by a delicious garlic tomato sauce and pasta. The chicken is baked, making this popular chicken dish a little bit healthier.

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Chicken Parmesan is a surprisingly easy dish to prepare. The recipe below includes homemade garlic tomato sauce but you can use your favorite ready made jar of tomato sauce if you’re short on time and add some minced garlic to it if you like. Either way, the recipe is quite simple, very tasty, and looks great and presentable on a plate!

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Chicken parmesan pasta in a garlic tomato sauce

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken parmesan pasta in a garlic tomato sauce


    Garlic tomato sauce and pasta:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound linguine or fettuccine pasta
  • Chicken Parmesan:
  • 4 small chicken breasts, skinless, boneless or 4 regular size chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (1 tablespoon of oil for each breast)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs, such as Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 1/2 to 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (to your taste)
  • salt and pepper
  • For garnish:
  • finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • finely chopped green onions


    To prepare garlic tomato sauce and pasta:
  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat, add onion, garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and basil and wine and cook the sauce on medium-low heat, while it simmers covered, for about 30 minutes.
  3. Place the sauce in food processor and process until puree consistency.
  4. Return the sauce to the same pan, re-heat gently and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. In the mean time, cook pasta according to the package instructions. Drain.
  6. Reserve about 1/3 cup of the sauce and set it aside (you'll use it to top the chicken) - keep it warm.
  7. Add pasta to the cooking pan with the remaining sauce - keep it warm while you prepare chicken.
  8. Chicken Parmesan:
  9. Preheat oven to 425 Fahrenheit. Spray a baking dish or baking sheet with olive oil spray.
  10. Coat chicken breasts in olive oil. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to your taste. Combine 1/2 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese - Roll each chicken breast in this bread-cheese mixture. Combine minced garlic with the remaining shredded cheese and press this mixture on top of each cutlet, pressing lightly to adhere.
  11. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish.
  12. Bake for about 20 or 30 minutes, until chicken bounces back when pressed, is no longer pink and juices run clear, and until cheese is melted.
  13. To Assemble:
  14. Place 1/4th of pasta (mixed with tomato sauce) onto each of 4 plates. Top each plate with chicken breast.
  15. Spoon a little bit of the remaining tomato sauce over the top of each chicken breast.
  16. Garnish with finely grated Parmesan cheese and finely chopped green onions.



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  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods April 22, 2014, 11:23 pm

    I just love Chicken Parmesan and baking it is my favorite way to prepare this dish. Your garlic tomato sauce sounds delicious!! As always Julia your photos are lovely 😀

  • [email protected] April 23, 2014, 4:19 am

    You make everything look so good, Julia. I would love to have this for lunch today…:) ela

  • Angie (@angiesrecipess) April 23, 2014, 4:52 am

    I am with Ela, everything you made looks so good and beautiful. Love Parmesan chicken!

  • Monique April 23, 2014, 9:09 am

    It’s been a while! I have been wondering how you are..
    This looks so good and bright sharp pics Julia!

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking April 23, 2014, 9:42 am

    Julia!!!! I’m so glad you are back! I hope you tell us what you have been up to. 🙂

    This chicken parmesan pasta looks superb!! My husband loves chicken parm! Your garlic tomato sauce sounds perfect!

  • [email protected] Riffs April 23, 2014, 2:00 pm

    Such a great, classic dish! And one I rarely make for some reason. Love what you’ve done with this — one of the vest versions I’ve seen. Thanks so much.

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan April 23, 2014, 2:11 pm

    Just saying my chicken parm doesn’t look half as colorful or as good as yours!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy April 23, 2014, 7:57 pm


  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 23, 2014, 9:33 pm

    GORGEOUS-I love how you topped this delish Chicken Parm with green onion!!! I’m totally craving this now!

  • Monica April 24, 2014, 12:15 pm

    Looks scrumptious! Chicken parm is always satisfying and a fave at our house, too. I love the baking method here.

  • Kumar's Kitchen April 24, 2014, 12:52 pm

    drool worthy scrumptious chicken parmesan pasta….it looks marvelous,thanks for sharing 🙂

  • suzanne Perazzini April 25, 2014, 6:15 am

    That’s certainly an interesting idea to have two great Italian dishes together. It looks very colourful and yummy.

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs April 25, 2014, 7:04 pm

    This looks like the most perfect dinner ever! My mouth is watering right now!

  • Marina May 18, 2016, 10:09 pm

    This is my favorite chicken Parmesan recipe! I’ve made it many times and always make sure to have leftovers. It tastes so gaurmet! The sauce is really amazing.

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