Million Dollar Chicken Parmesan

Million Dollar Chicken Parmesan – the ultimate chicken parmesan! Crispy chicken topped with a creamy cheese mixture and baked in marinara sauce. Serve the chicken over pasta for a meal that is better than any restaurant. Spaghetti sauce, flour, eggs, panko, Italian bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic salt, chicken, cottage cheese, cream cheese, pesto, sour cream, mozzarella. All you need is a salad and some garlic bread for a meal the whole family will enjoy.

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This Million Dollar Chicken Parmesan is the ultimate Italian chicken dish! Pan-seared chicken topped with a creamy cheese and pesto mixture and baked in marinara sauce. SO good! I will take this meal over a restaurant any day of the week.

The chicken is topped with my million dollar combination of cottage cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream. I added pesto to kick it up a notch. The cottage cheese mixture gives the dish a nice creaminess and the pesto adds even more deliciousness to the dish. All you need is a salad and some garlic bread for a meal the whole family will enjoy.

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How to Make Million Dollar Chicken Parmesan

This chicken is very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Start with pounding some chicken breasts to an even thickness. Combine Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a shallow dish or plate. Whisk together two eggs and place them in another shallow plate or dish. Coat chicken breast flour, dip into the eggs, and then into the bread crumb mixture.

Heat olive oil in skillet. Cook chicken breasts for three minutes on each side. Pour spaghetti sauce into a baking dish. Place chicken breasts on top of sauce. Mix together cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and pesto. Spread over the chicken breasts, top with mozzarella cheese, and bake. Serve over your favorite pasta.

  • My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • You can use freshly grated or canned parmesan cheese.
  • You want the cream cheese to be very soft so it gets fully incorporated into the topping. Microwave the cream cheese for 15 to 20 seconds if you are short on time.
  • If you are short on time and need a shortcut, you can substitute frozen breaded chicken breast for the freshly breaded and pan seared chicken breasts in this recipe.
  • For a gluten-free or low-carb dish, substitute crushed pork rinds for bread crumbs.
  • Can Million Dollar Chicken Parmesan be made in advance? You can pan-sear the chicken ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. When you are ready to bake the chicken, finish assembling the dish and bake.
chicken parmesan with pasta on a plate

What to Serve with Italian Chicken

We serve the chicken over pasta with a salad and some garlic bread. Make sure to spoon some of the sauce from the baking dish over the chicken and pasta. You don’t want it to go to waste.

This chicken has quickly become a family favorite. We’ve made it several times and just can’t get enough of it. It is our favorite way to eat chicken parm! This recipe is easy enough for a weeknight and fancy enough for a dinner party. Add this to your menu ASAP!

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chicken parmesan with pasta on a plate

Million Dollar Chicken Parmesan

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Million Dollar Chicken Parmesan – the ultimate chicken parmesan! Crispy chicken topped with a creamy cheese mixture and baked in marinara sauce. Serve the chicken over pasta for a meal that is better than any restaurant. Spaghetti sauce, flour, eggs, panko, Italian bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic salt, chicken, cottage cheese, cream cheese, pesto, sour cream, mozzarella. All you need is a salad and some garlic bread for a meal the whole family will enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (24-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 6 Tbsp panko bread crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp Italian bread crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp grated parmesan
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp pesto
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Pour the jar of spaghetti sauce into the baking dish. Set aside.
  • Set up three shallow dishes. Place flour in one, eggs in one, and combine panko bread crumbs, Italian bread crumbs, grated parmesan, and garlic salt in one.
  • Dredge chicken breast into flour, dip into eggs, and finally coat in breadcrumb mixture.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken to the skillet. Brown well on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and place it in the baking dish on top of spaghetti sauce.
  • Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and pesto. Spread over chicken breasts.
  • Top chicken with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF and the cheese is melted.

Notes:

spaghetti sauce
  • My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • You can use freshly grated or canned parmesan cheese.
  • You want the cream cheese to be very soft so it gets fully incorporated into the topping. Microwave the cream cheese for 15 to 20 seconds if you are short on time.
  • If you are short on time and need a shortcut, you can substitute frozen breaded chicken breast for the freshly breaded and pan seared chicken breasts in this recipe.
  • For a gluten-free or low-carb dish, substitute crushed pork rinds for bread crumbs.
  • Can Million Dollar Chicken Parmesan be made in advance? You can pan-sear the chicken ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. When you are ready to bake the chicken, finish assembling the dish and bake.
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