Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

This air fryer chicken parmesan takes no time to whip up and only requires 5 main ingredients. Bonus – there is no oil involved!

Serve your chicken parmesan on top of your favorite pasta with a generous sprinkle of cheese.

chicken parmesan on plate with pasta

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

If you love chicken parmesan, then you are going to absolutely enjoy this air fryer chicken parmesan! Same classic chicken parm flavors, but instead of baking or pan-frying, you make air fried chicken breast instead.

The result is perfectly cooked chicken breast on the inside and a crusty, delicious outside all thanks to the air fryer!

Good & Gather by Target

Today’s air fryer chicken parmesan recipe is sponsored by Target using their fabulous Good & Gather line. If you’ve looked through Target’s grocery aisles, you’ll notice that Good & Gather has pretty much everything you need.

All Good & Gather products are free of:

  • synthetic colors
  • artificial flavors
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • high-fructose corn syrup.

5 Main Ingredients

Our goal with today’s recipe was to choose 5 basic Good & Gather ingredients and turn them into a flavorful weeknight meal that is a cinch to make. We’ve been loving air fryer chicken lately and Good & Gather’s marinara sauce is so tasty, so we decided to put the two together and make an easy air fryer chicken parmesan recipe!

Chicken Parmesan Basics

  1. Chicken Breast: You need around 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast. If you can find 3 or 4 small/medium chicken breasts that is ideal.
  2. Eggs: Good & Gather has a variety of large eggs to choose from. Buy whatever is right for you.
  3. Marinara Sauce: Each chicken breast uses 1/4 cup of marinara sauce, but make sure you save extra in case you serve it over pasta and want additional sauce.
  4. Shredded Parmesan: Pretty much any kind of shredded parmesan works. You can even use grated parmesan! PS: if you are a cheese lover, we suggest also serving your chicken parmesan with mozzarella cheese, too.
  5. Breadcrumbs: Feel free to use plain, gluten-free, or Italian breadcrumbs.

Optional Add-Ins

As always with Fit Foodie Finds recipes, feel free to add ingredients as you please! Here are 2 ingredients we added in:

  • Spices: We tested this recipe with AND without spices. We recommend using the suggested spices because they add so much great flavor, but if you don’t have one or all of them, don’t worry, your chicken parmesan will still be delicious.
  • Spaghetti: Chicken parmesan is delicious on its own, but if you’re looking to make it a complete meal and add a grain, we suggest spaghetti. Get creative and use your favorite noodle!

Featured Good & Gather Ingredients

chicken parm ingredients - parmesan cheese, marinara sauce, and chicken breast

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

The steps to making air fryer chicken breast are very similar to baked chicken breast. Keep reading to learn the step-by-step process of how to make air fryer chicken parmesan.

Step 1: Prep Chicken

First things first, we must prep our chicken breast for flavoring and air frying. For this step, you’ll need a meat cleaver in order to pound your chicken to be 1/2-inch thick. Typically, chicken breasts are thicker on one end compared to the other, so making sure that it’s 1/2-inch thick throughout is very important for even cooking.

PS: Chicken breasts vary in size. You can find a single chicken breast that is 1-lb. and another that is 1/4-lb. So, feel free to cut your chicken breasts in half if they are extra-large breasts.

Step 2: Dip & Dress Chicken

Crack 2 eggs into a medium bowl and whisk. Then, in another medium bowl, mix together parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and spices.

Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture, making sure to fully coat each chicken breast. Then, dip each chicken breast into the breadcrumb mixture, generously coating both sides.

dipping chicken in egg

Step 3: Use Air Fryer to Cook Chicken

Preheat your air fryer to 375ºF and spray the fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray (olive oil cooking spray works, too). Once the air fryer is preheated, place chicken parmesan on the pan. Depending on how large your chicken breasts are, you can either cook 1 or 2 at a time. Just make sure they aren’t touching.

Next, cook your air fried chicken breasts for 6 minutes.

spraying chicken parmesan with cooking spray

Step 4: Flip, Sauce, & Cheese

Once the timer goes off, open the fryer basket and flip your chicken parmesan over. Then, spoon 1/4 cup of marinara sauce on top of each breast, and give them a generous sprinkle of parmesan. Option here to use mozzarella cheese if you have it!

Air fry chicken for 5-6 more minutes at 375ºF, or until your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. We recommend using a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

What should my air fryer chicken parmesan look like once it’s done?

The cheese should be fully melted and the parmesan crust should be golden brown. If you cut the chicken parmesan in half, the meat should be tender and white in color.

rubbing chicken parmesan with marinara sauce in air fryer

Air Fryer Tips

Preheat: Make sure to let your air fryer heat up for at least 3-5 minutes before setting your timer and making airfryer chicken breast.

Cooking Spray is Your BFF: One of the reasons we love the air fryer is because it makes it possible to fry things without oil. Instead of going 100% sans oil, we recommend using cooking spray. We love both olive oil and coconut oil cooking spray. Give whatever you’re cooking a nice spray before air frying!

Don’t Overlap: If you plan on cooking more than one thing such as chicken breast, fries, etc., make sure that none of your food overlaps. Whatever you’re cooking needs to stand alone to make sure that the entire thing gets air fried.

Kitchen Accessories

Check out all of our favorite kitchen accessories to make Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan. These products are tried and true and tested by us!

chicken parmesan in air fryer basket

Baking Instructions

Because not everyone has an air fryer, here are some easy instructions on how to make this chicken parmesan in the oven! These directions are for AFTER the chicken has been fully dressed with the parmesan and breadcrumb mixture (step 2 from above).

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large oven-safe pan over medium/high heat. Sear chicken breast for 2-3 minutes on each side to brown them and then place the entire skillet into the oven and bake at 375ºF for 10 minutes. You may need to do this part in batches depending on how big your pan is.
  3. Remove chicken from the oven and top each breast with around 1/4 cup of marinara sauce and a generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese. 
  4. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes or long enough to melt the cheese. Remove chicken breast from the oven, check to see that the internal temperature is 165ºF, and serve immediately over spaghetti with freshly ground pepper and fresh parsley.

chicken parm on plate with marinara sauce

Storage

Let air fryer chicken parmesan cool completely. Then, transfer it into an air-tight container. Seal and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.

chicken parmesan air fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

This incredible Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is made in less than 30 minutes and is perfect for any weeknight meal! Our chicken parmesan recipe is both lower in carbs and fat compared to normal chicken parm.

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 30 minutes

Fat 16 Carbs 16 Protein 62

Yield 4 1x

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. First, prepare chicken breast by placing them on a large cutting board and covering them with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Use a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken to 1/2-inch thick. 
  2. Next, whisk 2 eggs in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Place 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and spices in another medium bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Dip the chicken breast into the egg mixture, making sure it’s fully coated. Then dip the chicken breast into the breadcrumb mixture, making sure both sides are coated. Repeat with all chicken breasts. 

Air Fryer

  1. Preheat air fryer to 375ºF and spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Next, place one chicken breast on top of the air fryer basket and spray the top of the chicken with nonstick cooking spray. You will likely only be able to fit one chicken breast in your air fryer at a time, but if you can fit 2 without them touching, feel free to cook 2 at a time.
  3. Air fry chicken breasts for 6 minutes. Then, flip the chicken breast over and top with 1/4 cup of marinara sauce and a generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Air fry for an additional 5-6 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken breast reaches 165ºF. 
  4. Serve immediately over spaghetti with freshly ground pepper and fresh parsley

Baked

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large oven-safe pan over medium/high heat. Sear chicken breast for 2-3 minutes on each side to brown them and then place the entire skillet into the oven and bake at 375ºF for 10 minutes. You may need to do this part in batches depending on how big your pan is.
  3. Remove chicken from the oven and top each breast with around 1/4 cup of marinara sauce and a generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese. 
  4. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes or long enough to melt the cheese. Remove chicken breast from the oven, check to see that the internal temperature is 165ºF, and serve immediately over spaghetti with freshly ground pepper and fresh parsley.

Tips & Notes

  • Chicken breasts – some chicken breasts can be rather large. If you buy 2 chicken breasts that equal 1.5 lbs., we suggest cutting them in half before tenderizing. 
  • Nutrition information does not include pasta.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 381 Sugar: 1 Fat: 16 Carbohydrates: 16 Fiber: 2 Protein: 62

Author: Lee FunkeCategory: Main MealMethod: Air FryerCuisine: Italian

Keywords: air fryer chicken parmesan

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Target. We were compensated and all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting Fit Foodie Finds!

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