Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is a quick and easy way to make this classic Italian dish (cooks in 10 minutes)! Tender inside, & crispy on the outside.
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is a quick and easy way to make this classic Italian dish (cooks in 10 minutes)! Tender inside, & crispy on the outside.

Several months ago I purchased an air fryer (Cosori), using a gift card I received from my family. I’ve sure had fun trying out and experimenting with using this time saving (and calorie cutting) small appliance!

This recipe for an air fryer chicken parmesan is one of my experiments that tastes absolutely fantastic! The dish is delicious, and the cooking time is only 10 minutes! How can you beat that? I wanted to share the recipe for this simple dish with you today. I tweaked one of my own recipes and came up with this one, because it turned out pretty great!

Prepare The Chicken Breasts For Cooking

Place a chicken breast between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet (flat side), to pound the breast in order to flatten it (this helps chicken to cook faster).

When done, repeat process with the other chicken breast. Lightly season each piece of chicken with salt and pepper.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are flattened with a meat mallet before cooking.

Prepare The Chicken Parmesan For Cooking

Preheat your air fryer to 400° F.  While the air fryer is preheating, beat a large egg in a small bowl, and coat each of the chicken breasts in it, covering both sides. Let any excess egg mixture drip back into the bowl.

Place the chicken breasts, one at a time, into a small bowl filled with a bread crumb and Parmesan cheese mixture. Dredge the chicken through the bread crumbs, covering both sides of the breast. I used my homemade bread crumbs for this recipe!

Repeat with the other piece of chicken. You can also use your hands to press additional crumbs onto the chicken. You want all pieces for the air fryer chicken parmesan well-covered!

Each chicken breast is covered with a beaten egg mixture.Egg covered chicken breasts are dredged in bread crumbs before cooking.

Cooking The Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Once the air fryer is preheated, quickly remove the basket, and gently lay each of the chicken breasts in the basket, leaving some space between each piece.

Cook the chicken parmesan for 5 minutes, then turn the chicken over to the other side. You can already see after 5 minutes, how golden brown and crispy the chicken is!

Bread crumb coated chicken breasts cook in an air fryer for 5 minutes.Chicken breasts are flipped over, after cooking in an air fryer for 5 minutes.

Quickly spread the marinara sauce over each piece of chicken. Top the sauce with grated Parmesan cheese, and then add the mozzarella cheese!

You can use a whole slice of mozzarella for each piece OR you can thinly slice string cheese pieces to fit. I ended up using 2 string cheeses, thinly sliced, when I made this the first time and took photos.

Place the basket back into the air fryer, and continue to cook at 400° F. for 5 more minutes. When done, the chicken will be nice and crispy, and all that glorious cheese on top should be well-melted and bubbly!

Air fryer chicken parmesan is topped with sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.

Time To Eat The Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

This is what the air fryer chicken parmesan looked like when it was done. Just look at that melted, gooey cheese on top!

The cheese has melted over the air fryer cooked chicken parmesan, and is ready to serve!

Carefully remove the chicken parmesan from the air fryer, serve, and enjoy! This dish goes especially well with a little pasta on the side! The chicken is moist and tender on the inside, crisp on the outside, and tastes wonderful!

Two pieces of air fryer chicken parmesan on a plate, ready to eat!

Hope you have the opportunity to try this wonderful classic Italian air fryer chicken parmesan! We really enjoyed it, and trust you will, too!

If you prefer a traditionally cooked chicken parmesan, I hope you will check out my recipe for Mom’s Chicken Parmigiana. It tastes amazing, as well!

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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is a quick and easy way to make this classic Italian dish (cooks in 10 minutes)! Tender inside, & crispy on the outside.

Category: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: air fryer chicken parmesan
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 325 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons marinara sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese (or 2 pieces string cheese, cut into strips)
Instructions
  1. Place a chicken breast between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet (flat side), to pound the breast, to flatten it (this helps chicken to cook faster). When done, repeat process with the other chicken breast. Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper.

  2. Preheat air fryer to 400° F.  While it preheats, beat egg in a small bowl; coat each of the chicken breasts in it (one at a time), covering both sides. Let excess egg drip back into the bowl. Mix bread crumbs and 2 T. Parmesan cheese in a separate small bowl. Dredge egg-coated chicken through the bread crumbs, covering both sides. Repeat for remaining chicken, making sure all pieces are well-covered!

  3. Once air fryer is preheated, remove basket, and place each chicken breast in the basket, leaving a space between each piece. Cook the chicken at 400° F. for 5 minutes, then pause machine. Turn chicken over to the other side. Spread marinara sauce over top of each piece of chicken. Top the sauce with grated Parmesan cheese, and then finish with mozzarella cheese! Place the basket back into air fryer, and continue to cook chicken at 400° F. for 5 more minutes. When done, the chicken will be cooked through, nice and crispy, and all that glorious cheese on top should be well-melted and bubbly! Serve hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 187mg62%
Sodium 626mg27%
Potassium 560mg16%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 338IU7%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 190mg19%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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