A favorite dish, these easy cheesy, breadcrumb-coated chicken cutlets are quickly cooked on the stovetop, then topped with mozzarella and broiled on a bed of tomato sauce. Serve them over pasta or with a crisp green salad and plenty of garlic bread.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat broiler. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan in a shallow bowl. Season both sides of chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Dip chicken in the beaten egg, then dredge in breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat both sides.

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  • Spread tomato sauce onto the bottom of a 10-by-15-inch baking dish. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 4 chicken cutlets in skillet; cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Using a spatula, transfer browned cutlets to baking dish, placing them on top of sauce. Repeat with remaining oil and cutlets.

  • Top each cutlet with a slice of mozzarella. Broil about 4 inches from heat source until sauce is hot and cheese is melted and lightly browned in spots, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

This chicken also makes wonderful leftovers. Reheat it for 10 minutes; try it in a sandwich with a little extra sauce on the side.

Reviews (30)

245 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 89
  • 2 star values: 37
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2017
It was quick & easy. A friend dropped by as I was getting ready to prepare our dinner. She stayed an hour, which would have pushed out dinner back until 9pm. I had to scratch my original chicken dish and found these from MARTHA Stewart. The dish was delicious, visually appetizing and the family loved it! Just 30 min from start to table. Served with Kale Salad and pasta. Really tasty!
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2016
The whole family loved it! It will be in the usual rotation now!! Thank you!
Rating: Unrated
09/26/2016
Missing nutrition information ... recipe is useless without!
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Rating: Unrated
01/31/2015
I am watching her make these right now on TV...This recipe left out the step of dipping the chicken cutlets into flour. She dipped them in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs. Also, be sure to use chicken "cutlets" which are much thinner than chicken breasts. This was absolutely wonderful! Will make it again.
Rating: Unrated
08/06/2013
U Have To Flatten The Chicken So It Can Cook Evenly... I Think Thats What They Forgot
Rating: 2 stars
08/03/2013
Really disappointed. Followed recipe to a T but chicken breasts were still raw in the center after 6 minutes on broil (anymore broiling and the chicken/cheese would be charbroiled). Served it on plates, only to discover it wasn't cooked through! SO. There's a process missing in this recipe to ensure the chicken is cooked through.
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2013
Our new favorite Chicken Parmesan recipe, simple and delicious!
Rating: Unrated
11/14/2012
Easy and delicioso!! Grazie Sara...
Rating: Unrated
11/10/2012
Easy and delicious dish. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!
Rating: Unrated
11/08/2012
Simple & straight forward recipe. I prefer jack cheese on top, just because of the stringiness of melted mozzarella. This is pretty much the same as the way I've always made mine.
Rating: Unrated
11/08/2012
Simple & straight forward recipe. I prefer jack cheese on top, just because of the stringiness of melted mozzarella. This is pretty much the same as the way I've always made mine.
Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2012
instead of tomato sauce, i used arrabiata sauce instead and added bell peppers to spice it up a little. also sprinkled coarse black pepper and oregano on the mozzarella before placing it in the oven. simple and hearty meal but i recommend to add more spices/nuts to make it more flavorful :)
Rating: Unrated
03/23/2012
Loved this recipe! I might even consider it better than Parmesan chicken! Instead of 3/4 cup Parmesan, I used only 1/2 cup. For the chicken, I used about 1 1/2 lb. of chicken tenders to feed my family of 6. I used one tablespoon less of olive oil and used about 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Instead of broiling, I baked the chicken at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, then added the cheese and baked 3 minutes longer ( I did still fry the chicken in oil before baking). SO yummy!
Rating: Unrated
12/20/2011
I would use Panko bread crumbs to keep the crust crisp. In place of Mozarella cheese use Montery Jack cheese [plain-no peppers]. It gives a deeper taste and it melts just as beautifully as Mozarella.
Rating: Unrated
09/01/2011
I enjoyed this recipe. I particularly liked the mozzarela cheese and just before putting it under the grill I decided to sprinkle coarsly chopped almonds. I think it worked well and I recommend it.
Rating: Unrated
08/12/2011
Wonderful recipe!! It is super easy to make. My modifications were as follows: Italian breadcrumbs instead of plain and I baked this instead of broiling it. I used a 13x9 glass baking dish. Put the sauce on the bottom of the pan, browned the chicken as instructed on the stove top, put it in the pan on top of the sauce, put the rest of the sauce on the chicken and then topped it with the cheese (I used shredded mozzerella). Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Perfect for entertaining-from oven to table
Rating: Unrated
02/16/2011
It is a little bland, you gotta spice up your sauce and breadcrumbs
Rating: Unrated
01/25/2011
I liked this recipe but it needed some modifications. I didn't make the Easy Chunky Tomato Sauce. I used Newman's Own Marinara. I also used the Italian breadcrumbs like other reviews suggested. The recipe was easy and good but it was a little on the bland side. Next time I make this I will definitely sprinkle some Italian seasoning on the chicken before I put it in the oven.
Rating: Unrated
11/09/2009
I made this tonight and was so happy with the results. While the chunky tomato sauce was simmering, I prepared the chicken using Italian bread crumbs as suggested by others. It was ready in about an hour total and tasted delicious! I also add a teaspoon of sugar to my sauce while it simmers to tame the acidity of the tomatoes. Highly recommend!!!!!
Rating: Unrated
07/08/2008
When I first saw this recipe (May/June 2003 issue) I had to try it and have made it ever since. I used Italian style bread crumbs, tastes wonderful or try Panko bread crumbs for a bit more crunchy outside. Fresh garden tomatoes and basl really perk it up for the sauce.
Rating: Unrated
05/21/2008
The first time I made this, I disliked it because of the Easy Chunky Tomato Sauce recipe that accompanies it (tasted too acidic, among other things). This time, I substituted 2 cans of whole peeled San Marzano plum tomatoes for the 2 cans of diced tomatoes. I also added a little red pepper flakes and 2 tbsp. tomato paste. The sauce turned out way better and the dish tasted delicious! I would definitely make this again.
Rating: Unrated
05/19/2008
I fixed this for my son who was home on leave from the Navy. He is on the aircraft carrier uss Dweight d Eisenhower and said I need to give this reciepe to their cook (LOL) he was crazy over this. It was so easy and he thought I must of went to alot of trouble to do this for him. Thanks Martha!
Rating: Unrated
04/09/2008
bake for about 25 minutes at 350
Rating: Unrated
03/26/2008
This was so delicious! The fresh mozzarella totally made this dish. I used jarred newmans own organic sauce and it was fantastic.
Rating: Unrated
03/13/2008
I too was surprised at how easy and delicious this turned out!
Rating: Unrated
03/05/2008
I let my husband make this (he's not that adept at cooking) and it was so easy and tasted excellent. He used italian breadcrumbs too and it had a delicious crunch. Only thing he complained about was having to cook the chicken first before adding to sauce...LOL (I think he can get over the INCONVENIENCE of cooking the chicken first!).
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2008
This is a very easy recipe!!! Also very good! I used italian bread crumbs instead of plain, I also had to use a extra egg to coat my chicken before breading. I am not much for cooking at all (because everything turns out burnt) But my boyfriend loved it and he is a picky eater!!!!!
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2008
This is a very easy recipe!!! Also very good! I used italian bread crumbs instead of plain, I also had to use a extra egg to coat my chicken before breading. I am not much for cooking at all (because everything turns out burnt) But my boyfriend loved it and he is a picky eater!!!!!
Rating: Unrated
12/30/2007
Very easy and delicious ! My family likes our parmigiana saucy, then we can eat it with a side of pasta. I used a whole jar of Prego Traditional.
Rating: Unrated
12/02/2007
I used chicken breasts that were rather thick. I needed to oven bake for about 20 minutes to fully cook chicken.