Baked Chicken Parmesan


Baked Chicken Parmesan is made in the oven so there’s no breading or frying. So easy and delicious – and ready in minutes!

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Howdy people! Ben and I rented The Book of Eli last night. Umm, holy cow!


It’s about a post-apocalyptic world 30 years in the future (freaky) and I did NOT see the ending coming. Neither did Ben which is definitely saying something. That boy has correctly predicted the ending to practically every book, movie and television show he’s ever seen/read, but The Book of Eli? Nada. You should rent this movie!

Afterwards we got hooked on a Lockup marathon on MSNBC. Please tell me I’m not the only one obsessed with that show?

I don’t know what it is about it – maybe it’s because the people they feature on the show (prisoners) are so radically different then myself – but it’s riveting television I tell you…

Today I’ve done nothing short of drive to Kansas and back. I woke up early and headed to Caribou coffee to get a little freelance writing done, answer emails and just generally have a wonderful little Sunday morning sipping coffee, being productive and jamming to the Christmas tunes they had playing at the store.


I was absolutely famished upon my return home, so I whipped up an early supper for Ben and I – Baked Chicken Parmesan! 

I used to make this recipe all the time when I lived in Minneapolis, but somehow it fell off my radar sometime in the past three years. I was reminded of it while watching a cooking show yesterday, already had all the ingredients on hand (love that!) and had it ready to go in 30 minutes for tonight’s dinner!


Baked Chicken Parmesan

Serves 2


Baked Chicken Parmesan is made completely in the oven. No messing with breading or frying. So easy and delicious - and ready in minutes!


  • 6 chicken tenders (or 2 chicken breasts)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-16oz jar marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 servings cooked pasta


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour marinara sauce in an oven-safe baking dish then add parmesan cheese and basil and stir to combine.
  2. Lightly season chicken with salt & pepper then nestle it into the sauce mixture, covering it completely with sauce.
  3. Top with mozzarella cheese and cover loosely with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve on top of cooked pasta.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


I wish you could smell this!


I actually got the recipe from my Mom who used to make it for my brothers and I when we were growing up. It’s probably why I made it so often in Minneapolis – it gave me a taste of home whenever I needed it. I’ve served this dish over egg noodles a lot, but tonight I pulled out the big guns – Cellentani aka Corkscrews!

It’s my favorite pasta shape.


Not only is it just fun, but its nooks & crannys are perfect for trapping that garden-fresh, slightly spicy, cheesy sauce. I eat this with a spoon so I don’t miss a drop.


One pan, 30 minutes. Glad to have this baby back on my radar!


Alrighty, I’m off to go relax on my last day of Thanksgiving “vacation”. This has been a fabulous little break filled with family, football and, most importantly, pumpkin cinnamon rolls!

Have a great night!


What’s your ideal number of days to be on vacation?

I’m a vacation LOVER so I’m going to go ahead and say…10 days. I know, tehehe!

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  1. Liz @ Blog is the New Black 11.28.2010

    I’d love a long vacation, too. Chicken parm is one of my all-time favorite classics!

  2. Molly 11.28.2010

    Im on vaycay right now, its been 7 days and I am ready to be HOME. I miss my friends and my bed! I need to get my life back. but its been glorious :) Cant wait to make this dinner when I get back!


  3. eemusings 11.28.2010

    Oooh BF has been bugging me to see that! He already did and has been gushing about it. Like yours, he ALWAYS spots twists and endings…even the Prestige :/ Sucks when you’re all pumped about something and excited to share it with someone…I LOVED that movie and couldn’t wait till he saw it, but halfway through he turns to me and told me exactly what was going to happen. BASTARD.

    I don’t think we get corkscrew pasta here. LAME! I love fun new food shapes.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.28.2010

      HAHAHA – Ben does the SAME THING. At least he knows by now to keep his mouth shut if he’s with me. Learned that the hard way… ;)

  4. Dawn Patricia 11.28.2010

    Oh I love chicken parm! I’m actually a chicken parm connoisseur in the sense that I always order it when it’s on the menu and then find that I spend the entire time eating it rating it against every other chicken parm I’ve previously eaten. I never go back to a restaurant if the chicken parm isn’t up to par, even if I’m not even planning on ordering it. Hehe. I love making it at home and have a really great recipe for it…but now I’m planning on trying out your mom’s as well. Glad you guys had a great Thanksgiving! And vacation, depends on where you are going…Europe needs more than a week but Vegas, I’m bored in three days! :D

  5. Sarah 11.28.2010

    That chicken parm looks delicious! Also, its so easy to make!

  6. This recipe looks great! My hubby is Italian, and his grandma taught me how to make her meatballs and sauce, which are two of the best things I’ve ever had. Can we say, I’m excited!

  7. I’m gonna say 9, factoring in two days of travel that still gives me a week! Although, I have to say Thanksgiving break was justttt long enough for me this year.

  8. Your chicken parm looks amazing! I love easy, tasty dinners like that. Ideal vacation length: 5 days, with a day on either end for travel. If you’re going overseas somewhere, you definitely need at least 10. At least. I would settle for nothing less :)

  9. Those are my favorite pasta shapes too! I love them for mac and cheese.

  10. Ashley 11.28.2010

    I love chicken parm and that recipe looks very easy! :). Definitely going to have to give it a try!

  11. Anna 11.28.2010

    Yum – love pasta. Those corkscrews are so cute. Have you used the “phone cord” pasta, aka fusilli lunghi? It looks like yours but longer. It’s fun.

    I’d stay on vacation forever if I had the option!

  12. Kendra 11.28.2010

    I completely agree with you on the 10 day vaca!! I can NOT get enough of it – everyone else is always ready to get home to “relax” and I have a thousand more “to-do” or “to-see” things on my list! ;) The chicken parm looks delish – I totally dig when you put “easy” recipes on here for us (ok, ME) college students!! :)

  13. Anna 11.28.2010

    Oh, and I have to second the OXY clean products! I have some stain remover spray for my laundry that has OXY in it. You can literally spray the stain (any color clothing) and you can see it fade before you even wash it. It’s amazing.

  14. Mimi 11.28.2010

    Too bad you didn’t drive to Kansas today. The weather was fantastic! (:

  15. Lauren 11.28.2010

    I love those “nothing but productive” Sundays. You feel like you didn’t do much of anything but somehow got so much done.

    Glad it was an altogether fantastic weekend!

  16. Maggie 11.28.2010

    Love chicken parm! I could eat it every week. Also love the corkscrew pasta. Fuzio serves it with a southwest-style chipotle cream sauce with corn, roasted red peppers, Anaheim chiles and chicken.
    I’ve been voting for you in the Breakstone challenge. I love wild rice and am excited to try the stuffed turkey breasts. :)

  17. Katie 11.28.2010

    Me and my boyfriend always get sucked into Locked Up on Saturday nights! haha
    You are perfectly normal and not some weirdo prison fanatic…

  18. OMG I love Lockup, but it creeeeeeps me out. I usually can’t sleep at night after I watch it!

  19. Brittney 11.28.2010

    Lockup is in my boyfriend and my’s Top 5 Favorite Shows (Teen Mom/ 16 & Pregnant being number one, followed by House and then To Catch a Predator.) Upon reflection, all of them depict lives far different than ours!
    I plan on making that recipe for him ASAP, and as for the ideal vacation days number…does forever count? :)

  20. dmcgirl 11.28.2010

    I have to say I really dislike shows like Lockup and Cops. I really hate seeing people down and out and like… well, the dredges. That really depresses me to the core and I avoid that element even if it is just TV.

    I am just going to work tomorrow after TWELVE days off in a row. Wheee!! I haven’t done that in years!

    I feel refreshed and ready to get back to work. I just hope they missed me! ;-)

  21. Emily 11.28.2010

    I’m sure Oxyclean is wonderful, but you should check out Norwex products – they clean AMAZINGLY well and don’t use any chemicals so are insanely better for the environment. Norwex + water = spic ‘n span!

  22. Dream Mom 11.28.2010

    I haven’t tried the Norwex, but I’ve heard great things about them too (in response to Emily’s comment above). I like chemical free cleaners and went green earlier this year.

    LOVE chicken parmesan. I make a stove top one instead, plus I like it breaded:) I cut one chicken breast into small pieces (so it cooks faster!), then dip it in egg and then bread crumbs (I make my own bread in a breadmaker so I use my own bread crumbs and season them with garlic salt) then right into a pan on the stove. Once they are cooked, I pour the pasta sauce right into the pan and then add a little bit of mozzarella cheese. I turn the stove off and let the cheese melt with the lid on the pan. Sometimes, I cook up some Barilla rotini to go with this-when I do that I add zucchini to the same water the pasta is in and then it all comes together at the same time; I drain it and add the pasta sauce and then eat with the chicken parmesan. Most of the time, the chicken parmesan is enough, along with some broccoli or green vegetable.

    Everything always looks so delicious in your pics! Today, I cut up some fruit for lunch and thought of how pretty your apple was that you sliced up.

    • heather 11.29.2010

      your own bread and your own garlic breadcrumbs? please come to my house and cook this for me. it sounds so good…!!!

  23. kim 11.29.2010

    I’m with you – 10 days. I would watch absolutely anything Gary Oldman is in!
    Your Chicken Parm looks delicious.

  24. Lexi 11.29.2010

    Ideally, it would be forever as in I didn’t ever have to work. Realistically, 2 weeks or so.

  25. mmm dinner looks fab! wish i could have some now :)

    i like vacations…i’d say about 8 days in the location, with a day on each side for traveling… 10 total too!

  26. Sara 11.29.2010

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE the show Lockup! Ha ha! I’m bummed that I missed the maraton. My husband thinks I’m such a weirdo for liking that show, but it blows my mind to see what prision is like and how crazy some of the inmates are! :) My ideal number of vacation days would be about 8. After that, I’m just ready to get back to reality.

  27. Julie S. 11.29.2010

    Hi Kristin, this is totally off topic, but I’ve been dying to tell you – I made your peanut butter pie for Thxgiving (I’ve been dying to try it for awhile). OMG! I mean, OMG!!! It was the most delectable dessert I think I’ve ever had! TO DIE FOR!!!

  28. Tracy 11.29.2010

    I didn’t know your challenge was still going on! You should remind us to vote and give us the link every day ’til the 19th!

  29. Dee 11.29.2010

    LOVE Cellentani noodles! They are so cute! Heh.

  30. kate 11.29.2010

    Such a good movie! Matt and I were completely surprised at the ending – so good!

  31. Teresa K. 11.29.2010

    mmm – pasta! – I love those noodles – but we have these super de dooper long curly, slightly hollow ones (longer than spaghetti noodles)- When I get to visit my Italian specialty store, I’ll send you a pic – they’re fun….
    And right on for The Book of Eli! Wasn’t it amazing? We loved it too – never saw that ending coming!

  32. heather 11.29.2010

    chicken parm is beast–i’m getting hunger pangs just thinking about it. i’m thinking the perfect vacation starts mid-afternoon on a friday, continues through the weekend, stretches over the entire next work week, and end on the following sunday. so it’s about ten, but only missing five days of work(for me, anyway). vacation days are cool.

  33. Charity 11.29.2010

    This year we did a 10 day vacation to the beach and it was fantastic! Of course after 10 days we were ready to get back home.

    Loved that movie. Looking forward to renting the movie Inception. Have heard good things about it and I believe it comes out this week.

  34. Ashley 12.01.2010

    I made your chicken parmesan for dinner last night and the hubby and I LOVED it! It was SO easy and SO delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Ta ta,

  37. Kristen 01.11.2011

    Made 4 servings of this to bring for lunch this week. I’m half-way through and am thoroughly satisfied! Yum!

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  43. Meghan 12.02.2011

    I just made this for supper, and it was delicious! I also added diced Italian tomatoes, which made it even better. Thanks for the new handy recipe!

  44. ashley 09.08.2014

    i know this post is a handful of years old now, but i always come back to it! it is so easy, so delicious, and my picky 4-year-old twins just love it. thanks for such a great recipe!

    love from northern neighbor, minnesota!

  45. Dee 03.12.2015

    I made this for my family tonight but the chicken was not done after a 1/2 hour even with chicken tenderloins. I also didn’t have any mozz (i know horrible especially bc i’m Italian lol) but it still turned out awesome. We will definitely be making this dish again!!! Thank you and your mom.

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