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Chicken Mozzarella Recipe

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Chicken Breasts and Mozzarella Recipe

© 2014 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Chicken breasts are breaded, browned, topped with herbs, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese, then quickly finished in the oven. It's a simple variation on Chicken Parmesan. Do not skip the refrigeration step. It helps the crust adhere to the chicken. This home-style recipe is quite easy to make.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup Italian-style fine bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
  • 1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce (or 1 cup marinara sauce), divided use
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole basil, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese cheese


Dip chicken breasts in milk, shaking off excess. Dredge in bread crumbs. Place in a single layer on a large platter (or 2) and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set crust.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with vegetable oil (see Note). Spread 1/3 of the tomato sauce over the bottom of the dish and set the rest aside for later use.

Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Quickly brown each of the chicken breasts, turning only once. Use the second tablespoon of olive oil for the second batch. Arrange browned chicken in the bottom of the casserole dish, overlapping as little as possible.

Spoon remaining tomato sauce evenly over chicken, then sprinkle with parsley, basil, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Finish with the mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is heated through and cheese is bubbly and slightly golden. Let chicken mozzarella rest 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings

Note: If you do not have a glass or ceramic baking dish, use a 9 x 13-inch roasting pan lined with foil and increase oven temperature to 400 F.
Chicken Mozzarella Recipe Photo © 2011 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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 5 out of 5
Delicious and easy!!, Member elizabetsy03

This is really tasty! My boyfriend and I made it for dinner with what we had on hand and it turned out awesome. A teeny bit spicy but I wouldn't change anything. We served it with a light quinoa/veggie salad to offset the heaviness and it was the perfect balance. Will be making this again for sure!

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