Chicken Parmesan with a Twist

Andy Anderson !


Parmesan chicken has been around for quite a long time, and it is usually breaded, and fried in a pan with a bit of oil. This version forgoes the breading, uses two cheeses, and bakes quite nicely in your oven.

It’s tasty, and a snap to put together.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
25 Min




  • 4 c
    cold filtered water
  • 1/4 c
    salt, kosher variety

  • 1 large
    chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 c
    tomato sauce, your favorite
  • 3 oz
    mozzarella cheese, grated, or thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground

  • ·
    additional parmesan cheese
  • ·
    additional sauce
  • ·
    chopped parsley

How to Make Chicken Parmesan with a Twist


  2. Gather your Ingredients.
  4. Dissolve the salt in the cold filtered water, and add the chicken breasts.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for one hour.
  6. Remove from the refrigerator and rinse.
  8. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (175c).
  9. Carefully (using a sharp knife) cut the chicken laterally in half.
  10. Chef’s Note: An alternate way to do this is to pound the chicken with a mallet until it achieves an even thickness. Pounding is fun, and it takes away all your frustrations.
  11. Lay the chicken on a Slipat or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  12. Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven, and place a layer of mozzarella cheese on top.
  14. Cover with a thin layer of tomato sauce.
  15. Chef's Tip: A thin layer of tomato sauce is all you need. If you use too much, it will combine with the cheese, and become too thin.
  16. Chef’s Note: If you’re wanting homemade tomato sauce, here’s an excellent recipe.
    Classic Tomato Sauce
  17. Combine the Parmesan cheese, cumin, and white pepper together.
  18. Add a generous layer of the Parmesan cheese mixture to the top.
  19. Place in the preheated oven, and bake until the chicken is cooked through, and the cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown in spots, about an additional 10 minutes.
  21. Serve over a bed of veggies, or maybe some freshly made pasta. Add a sprinkle of fresh parmesan, and some chopped parsley... maybe some additional sauce on the side.

    And don’t forget a loaf of freshly baked garlic bread. Enjoy.
  22. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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About Chicken Parmesan with a Twist

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Italian

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