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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

This Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is the perfect healthy dinner meal! This dish is breaded and crusted with panko breadcrumbs, and topped with marinara sauce and goeey mozzarella cheese. Everyone will love it!
Air Fryer Panko Breaded Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce on a white plate

This post was originally published in 2017. It has since been updated.

I am still on my experimenting kick with the Air Fryer. I feel like I have mastered battered fried chicken wings (be sure to check out my Garlic Parmesan Fried Chicken Wings and Sriracha Honey Bourbon Fried Chicken Wings recipes), and decided to move over to a fried chicken parmesan recipe.

raw chicken breasts on a blue cutting board

What is an Air Fryer and Why Use It

  • Air frying is a much healthier alternative to deep frying or pan frying.
  • Air frying will save you a ton of time. An air fryer circulates heat and hot air around the food at high speed. This cooks the food and produces a crispy layer and browning. Some cook times are cut in half!
  • You will thank your appliance tremendously in the summer when you aren’t heating the house with the oven!

I have made chicken parmesan a few times before. I have always baked it, opposed to frying it. In restaurants, chicken parm is usually prepared fried. Thanks to the Air Fryer I can do that myself out home and save a ton of the fat.

marinara sauce, breadcrumbs, an egg, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese in separate bowls

Is Air Frying Healthy?

Air frying cuts up to 80% of the fat of traditional frying, making it a much healthier alternative. Most deep-fried recipes require 2 to 3 cups of oil. With the air fryer, you need only a tablespoon. Because air-fried meals are so much lighter, you will feel less bogged down after eating them.

What Can You Make in the Air Fryer

I get this question a lot and you can truly fry or bake just about anything. Anything that can be baked can be air fried, which includes meat, roasted vegetables, desserts, and breakfast items.

One of the most common things I make is Air Fryer Bacon. It’s quick and easy to do when in a hurry.

When it comes to dessert I love Air Fryer Pound Cake.

Because baked goods work so well, you can also use any dish that you would normally use in an oven in your air fryer, and it will be ok and safe!

What Type of Chicken to Use

You will need to use chicken breasts for this recipe. You also want thinly sliced cutlets. I like to slice the breasts in half (horizontally). From there, you can pound them with a mallet if you wish. This is optional and will help the chicken cook at an even and consistent temperature.

breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning in a large glass bowl

How to Air Fry Chicken Parmesan

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to create 4 thinner chicken breasts. 
  2. Combine panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl large enough to dip the chicken breasts. Stir to combine.
  3. Place the egg in a bowl large enough to dip the chicken.
  4. Dip the chicken in the egg and then the breadcrumbs mixture.
  5. Place in the chicken breasts in the air fryer.
  6. Air fry.
  7. Open the air fryer. Top each of the breasts with marinara sauce and then the shredded mozzarella.
  8. Air fry.
collage photo of air fryer chicken parmesan

Air Fryer Temperature

I use 370 degrees.

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

Cook the chicken for 10 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

chicken parmesan in an air fryer
Air Fryer Panko Breaded Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce on a white plate

I love to use my Homemade Marinara Sauce in this recipe. Feel free to use whatever you like.

person holding a fork full of air fryer chicken parmesan

Pair With These Side Dishes

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Air Fryer Green Beans
Air Fryer Asparagus
Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
Air Fryer Glazed Carrots

Air Fryer Panko Breaded Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce

More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Cornish Hens
Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

You may also love my Air Fryer Steak.

Air Fryer Panko Breaded Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce on a white plate
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Air Fryer Panko Breaded Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce

Air Fryer Panko Breaded Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy low-calorie, low-fat recipe with mozzarella cheese.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan, keto chicken parmesan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 332kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to create 4 thinner chicken breasts. Place the chicken breasts on a hard surface and pound them to completely flatten.
  • Combine the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl large enough to dip the chicken breasts. Stir to combine.
  • Place the egg in a bowl large enough to dip the chicken.
  • Dip the chicken in the egg and then the breadcrumbs mixture.
  • Place in the chicken breasts in the air fryer. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking oil.
  • Cook for 7 minutes on 370 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer. Top each of the breasts with marinara sauce and then the shredded mozzarella.
  • Cook for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese has melted. Every air fryer brand will cook at varying speeds. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Notes

  • You can substitute any breadcrumbs you wish, including Italian seasoned breadcrumbs.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 12g
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Recipe Rating




Angela

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Just tried this in our Emeril Lagasse air fryer and 10 min total is far too short for two halved thin breasts. Chicken was still very raw. Nothing wrong with our fryer.

staysnatched

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

The instructions state you should use a meat thermometer and cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. We are using completely different air fryers. We won't get the exact same result, but you should be following the internal temperature guideline for your own safety, as directed by the USDA. You did not follow the instructions.

Monica

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

So easy, quick, and tasty! I also love that we don't have to use the traditional three-step dredge, yet it still came out flavorful and juicy! This will be on repeat in my house :)

staysnatched

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Awesome! so glad you loved it!

Jenn

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

I always come back to this recipe when I make chicken parm! So good!!

staysnatched

Monday 7th of June 2021

Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it.

Mallory

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

Wanted to make chicken parm, but didn’t want to pan fry it and make a huge mess of my kitchen. I did a quick Google search for an air fryer version and I should’ve known Brandi would have an air fried chicken parm recipe! Made this last night and let me tell you it was damn good. The crust crisps up perfectly and is sooooo flavorful. I’ve said this before, you really can’t go wrong with any of Brandi’s recipes. Cannot wait to make this one again!

staysnatched

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Thank you so much for that!

Stephanie

Monday 29th of March 2021

The most delicious chix parm I've ever made, thanks to Brandi's recipe. Thank you so much!

staysnatched

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.