This air fryer chicken parmigiana recipe is all you need for a quick, delicious meal. Chicken breasts are coated in a crisp breadcrumb layer, topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella, and baked to perfection.
Chicken Parmigiana vs Chicken Parmesan
Parmigiana is a preparation method that cooks food with parmesan, a type of cheese. The two dishes are actually the same dish, in which chicken breasts are breaded, fried, topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella, then baked until golden brown. It’s often served with pasta.
Chicken parmesan is sometimes prepared with Parmigiano Reggiano, the true staple of the Parma provinces made with high-quality ingredients and standards. Your regular parmesan may not compare to this cheese, but it’s still a good option since it’s more readily available and affordable.
The parmesan is incorporated into the breading. This brings out more of the parmesan’s fragrance and distributes it evenly over the chicken.
Is Our Recipe Healthy?
Yes, we believe our chicken parmigiana is a healthy dish.
Dishes with cheese usually contain a high level of saturated fats. With just a moderate amount of cheese, ours contains only 8 g. We’ve also portioned it reasonably so each serving only contains 498 calories.
Additionally, we’ve tried not to be too generous with salt to keep the sodium level within an acceptable range. It now has less than 600 mg sodium.
To up its nutritional value, you can substitute plain pasta with whole-wheat pasta which provides more fiber.
Ingredients You Will Need
Our air fryer chicken parmigiana recipe calls for chicken breasts, seasonings, breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, cheese, cooked pasta, and some herbs:
We’re using skinless, boneless chicken breasts that weigh 4.5 oz each. To ensure the exact weight, we purchase large chicken breasts and do some trimmings. These trimmings can be saved for stir-fries, rice dishes or soups.
We season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and a pinch of garlic powder for extra savoriness. If you’d like a little extra heat, feel free to add cayenne to the mix.
Once seasoned, the chicken breasts are dredged through the beaten egg and breadcrumbs mixture. We add some butter, so they cook more evenly in the air fryer, and some grated parmesan for stronger flavor.
4. Tomato Sauce
After the chicken breasts have become crispy, we spread some tomato sauce on top of them. It’s the main source of flavor and aroma in the dish.
We use tomato sauce made from scratch to have better control of flavor and sodium content. It’s made with chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, herbs and seasonings, and a touch of paprika for a mild kick.
However, if you can find an unsalted product, feel free to use it for this recipe. One cup should have around 41 mg sodium and 311 calories.
Besides parmesan, we also use a sizable piece of mozzarella placed on top of the chicken. It should melt in the air-fryer and fuse with the tomato sauce, creating an appetizing final look.
6. Cooked Pasta
Once the chicken is done, we serve it with some cooked pasta.
Spaghetti, angel hair, or fettuccine are our favorite options but short pasta like farfalle, fusilli, or penne also work well.
For this dish the pasta should be cooked al dente for a firm, delectably chewy texture.
For extra freshness, we garnish the dish with finely chopped fresh basil and parsley. For its great aroma, we top the chicken with a pinch of dried oregano as well.
Storage and Reheating
Cooked chicken and cheese will last for about 5 days in the fridge. Since this dish contains cheese and pasta, freezing isn’t a good idea.
In terms of containers, you can use air-tight ones or food-safe bags.
To reheat the chicken, microwave for 2 minutes on medium or air-fry for 5 minutes at 350°F. The pasta should be blanched for 30 seconds to restore its elasticity.
What to Serve With This Dish
What this dish lacks is some freshness, so we pair it with our most-popular salad and drink. With juicy orange segments, the salad balances it out perfectly.
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