9 Party Perfect Chicken Parmesan-Inspired Recipes

Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian dish that makes it hard to find anything not to like. A breaded, fried (sometimes baked) chicken breast that is then smothered in tomato sauce and topped with melted mozzarella – it’s a win-win meal that even the pickiest eaters usually enjoy. Check out our 9 recipes for chicken parmesan and don’t hesitate to add this to your weekly rotation.

1. Chicken Parmigiana

The Food Network

Bobby Flay’s take on chicken parm is a dinner party showstopper. Homemade tomato sauce with a kick (garlic and a Cubano chile pepper) make it extra flavorful. Get the recipe here.

2. Chicken Parmesan

Panko breadcrumbs make CHOW’s recipe for chicken parmesan especially light and a great pick if you’re making a classic Italian summer dinner. Be sure to use fresh basil and don’t skimp on the tomato sauce. Get our Chicken Parmesan recipe.

3. The Best Chicken Parmesan

Serious Eats

If you’re serious about the best chicken parmesan recipe you’ve ever seen, this step-by-step set of instructions from Serious Eats is the right place to start. Make a big batch and use the leftovers for the world’s best chicken parmesan sub. Get the recipe here.

4. Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese Bites
A protein-packed twist on macaroni and cheese, our recipe for chicken parmesan mac and cheese bites are made in muffin tins and make a great on-the-go snack or meal. Get our Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese Bites recipe.

5. Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake

Alida's Kitchen

Looking for a healthier take on chicken parm? Try out this quinoa bake that is inspired by the flavors of a classic chicken parmesan but is made with quinoa, shredded mozzarella, parmesan, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and vegetable broth. Get the recipe here.

6. Grain-Free Chicken Parmesan

Bravo for Paleo

A great choice for a gluten-free chicken parmesan, this recipe coconut flour, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt to make a delicious “breading” for the chicken breasts. So good you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference! Get the recipe here.

7. Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

Just Us Four

These individually portioned meatloaves are made with ground chicken, lots of spices (oregano, thyme, basil) and topped with cubes of fresh mozzarella. Great for a picnic or as a hearty snack, the taste of traditional chicken parmesan is still preserved in these mini muffin-sized bites. Get the recipe here.

8. Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan

Busy But Healthy

If you’re looking for classic chicken parmesan flavors but want to make a vegetarian main dish, this eggplant (chicken optional) recipe is a great take that has almond meal instead of flour for breading. Get the recipe here.

9. Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Will Cook for Smiles

Perfect for small children or to serve as an hors d’oeuvres, these chicken parmesan sliders are a quick cheat that uses chicken tenders (a great substitute if you’re short on time) and marinara sauce to get a tasty and tiny bite on the table in only minutes. Get the recipe here.

Header image: Chicken Parmesan from CHOW

Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.

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