Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan – all the flavor and none of the fat! I am OBSESSED with this crunchy and delicious chicken! SO easy to make and ready in about 10 minutes. Chicken cutlets, eggs, flour, Italian breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Serves with a simple side salad and dinner is done!

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Air Fryer Chicken Recipe

Today I am sharing one of our go-to air fryer recipes – Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan. I love chicken parmesan, but I hate frying with oil in the house. Frying food makes the house smell, and I never know how to get rid of the oil. This Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan was just as crispy as regular fried chicken parmesan, but I didn’t use any oil!! Just a simple squirt of cooking spray.

One thing I love about air frying is that I don’t have to preheat the air fryer and it doesn’t heat up the whole house. This chicken was done in about 10 minutes. I just breaded the chicken cutlets, baked them, topped them with sauce and cheese, and finished them off for a few minutes.

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is basically a countertop convection oven. It circulates hot air around the food for faster cooking. The rapidly circulating air makes the food crispy, much like deep frying but without the need for oil. You also don’t need to preheat the air fryer, making cooking in the air fryer much faster than cooking in the oven.

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How to Make Chicken Parmesan in the Air Fryer

This chicken is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Set up three shallow bowls or dishes. Place all-purpose flour in one, eggs in one, and combine Italian breadcrumbs, panko bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese in one dish. 

Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Coat chicken cutlets in flour, then dip in egg and coat in panko mixture.

Working in batches, place the breaded chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Spray with cooking spray or olive oil. Cook for 6 minutes. Spread a few tablespoons of marinara sauce on top of each cutlet and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF and the cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining chicken cutlets.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can make your own chicken cutlets by slicing chicken breasts in half horizontally.
  • If you use a regular chicken breast, you will need to increase the cooking time.
  • The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165ºF.
  • If using regular breadcrumbs, add some Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  • Garnish the cooked chicken with fresh basil.
  • Store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

What to Serve with Italian Chicken

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We LOVED this chicken parmesan. It was easy to make and tastes great. Just as good as any restaurant. I absolutely loved that the chicken came out so crispy without using any oil. Saving calories and tasting great!!! We served it with a simple salad. It is also delicious over a bed of pasta with some garlic rolls!

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two pieces of chicken parmesan in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan – all the flavor and none of the fat! I am OBSESSED with this crunchy and delicious chicken! SO easy to make and ready in about 10 minutes. Chicken cutlets, eggs, flour, Italian breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese. Serves with a simple side salad and dinner is done! #airfryer #chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • cup panko breadcrumbs
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup spaghetti sauce
  • cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  • Set up three shallow dishes. Place flour in one, eggs in one and combine Italian breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in one dish.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, if desired. Coat chicken cutlets in flour, then dip in egg and coat in breadcrumb mixture.
  • Place 2 coated cutlets in air fryer basket. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Cook on 350ºF for 6 minutes.
  • Spread 2 Tbsp spaghetti sauce on each cutlet and top with ½ of mozzarella cheese.
  • Cook on 400ºF for 4 to 5 minutes longer.
  • Repeat with remaining cutlets.

Steph

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Comments

  1. We just got a new oven… with built-in air fryer option! Anyone have any experience with this recipe using the oven feature? TIA!

    1. an air fryer is just a convection toaster oven, so I suspect it would work just fine in the oven on air fryer option.

  2. I made this tonight and it was awesome! Everyone loved it. I cooked it in batches and kept warm pieces in the oven at 250 degrees. It was tender, moist and delicious! I added this to my Air Fryer Make Again board on Pinterest. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Excellent. However, definitely has to be thin breasts. I made the mistake of using a whole breast and had to finish it in the oven.

  3. I made the chicken parmesan but I used 3 chicken breasts and adjusted the time. It was so good that my daughter and I ate them before I could take a picture..I will make them again..Do you know the calorie count and other ingredients. I usually follow my calorie count as well as sodium..I didn’t see any listing..Sure would help me..Thank you for the recipe…

  4. Question my air fryer has different settings such as bake, roast, air fry

    When you state “cook” do you mean air fry?

    1. I don’t know – my air fryer doesn’t have different settings. It is only an air fryer. I would assume to select air fryer, as this is an air fryer recipe.

  5. The recipe itself was great and easy to follow, and flavorful! However the cooking time for me wasn’t right. The chicken was very undercooked (could have just been my particular air fryer) and I followed the recipe 100%. I had to triple my cooking time to finally get it done, but it was delicious.

    1. Could be that your chicken was too large. Did you use cutlets or slice the breasts in half? It works perfectly every time for use.

  6. I tried this Sunday and it was absolutely delicious. Easy and fast to make. Loved it. I seldom review or comment on recipes but had to for this one. Yummy!

  7. My new favourite recipe! So fast and easy! How did I live without an air fryer all my life??? Hubby loved it too!! Thanks!!

      1. Awesome. Thank you. And I am obsessed with your website and recipes… I may or may not have ALL of them saved to my Pinterest. Thank you for sharing your secrets with us.

    1. You can use the whole breast, you will just need to increase the cooking time. I haven't made this with whole breasts, so I am not sure of the exact cooking time. If you slice them in half to make 2 cutlets per breast, you can follow the cooking times as listed above.

  8. Made this today. Added three slices of pepperoni on top of sauce the added mozzarella on top. Came out perfect. This is now in my recipe rotation.

  9. I got one for Christmas used it to do fish fillets from Costco,tater tots and onion rings. Everything turned out great excited to try your recipe. I have chicken ready for this evening. I was wondering what to make. Thanks!

  10. My air fryer is my FAVORITE appliance in my kitchen! It makes everything absolutely delicious! When I came across this recipe I knew what was going to be served for dinner this weekend! Thank you!

  11. What is your favorite brand of spaghetti sauce to use? I never have much luck with the ones I grab at the grocery store.

    1. nuwave air fryer is the best comes in 3qrt 6qrt &10 qrt bought 3 this xmas 10 quart gave to my kids thought dad was was cool I said santa was cool great recipes at nuwave air fryer .com great chat with them I really love the brand had mine for 3 years ..zeke

    1. It does make great french fries! I've heard tater tots are amazing too! I haven't tried tater tots yet.

  12. Girl, I need an air fryer!! We are on the IP bandwagon, but need to get on this one!
    Looks delicious – thanks for sharing great recipes =^,^=

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