Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

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An easy recipe for gluten-free chicken parmesan. This crispy and juicy gluten-free chicken recipe is a quick weeknight meal for the whole family! Recipe video included.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

Making gluten-free chicken parmesan is going to be your latest obsession. The gluten-free panko bread crumbs add the perfect layer of crunch without making it simple, like a heavy meal. Once you make this gluten-free chicken dinner recipe, you’ll never need to order it from a restaurant again.

Even though the ingredient list might look like a lot, rest easy knowing that you probably have most of these simple ingredients already in your fridge and pantry, ready to use.

The entire point of this easy gluten-free chicken parmesan recipe is that it’s simple and quick to do! You can see just how easy this gluten-free chicken parmesan recipe is to make in the detailed recipe step photos and recipe video.

gluten-free chicken Parmesan recipe ingredients

Ingredients in Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

  • Skinless, boneless thin-sliced chicken breasts: perfectly prepped and ready to coat and cook.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper: for added flavor.
  • Large eggs: used as the main binding agent for holding the coating.
  • Gluten-free panko bread crumbs: adds the perfect crunch. I like the 4C gluten-free panko bread crumbs.
  • Gluten-bread bread crumbs: fills the need for additional coating on the chicken. I like 4C gluten-free bread crumbs.
  • Parmesan cheese: freshly grated cheese has the best flavor.
  • Garlic powder: adds a hint of garlic flavor.
  • Onion powder: the perfect pairing with the other seasonings.
  • Italian seasoning: you can also make yourself by combining dried basil, dried oregano, and dried thyme.
  • Gluten-free flour: see the notes below for the type of flour I recommend.
  • Cornstarch: used to add extra crispiness.
  • Olive oil for frying or as needed: you can use as much or as little as needed.
  • Gluten-free marinara sauce: buy at the store or make your own.
  • Shredded or sliced mozzarella cheese: I’ve used both options, and they turn out perfect.
  • Chopped fresh basil: gives the perfect fresh flavor.
gluten-free chicken parmesan recipe steps 1-6

How To Make Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Whisk eggs in a pie pan or shallow bowl and set aside. (photo 1)
  • Mix the gluten-free flour and cornstarch in a pie pan or shallow dish. (photo 2)
  • Mix the gluten-free bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning in a pie pan or shallow bowl. (photo 3)
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in chicken in the gluten-free flour mixture on both sides. (photo 4 & 5)
  • Dip the gluten-free flour-coated chicken breast into the whisked eggs. (photo 6)
  • Then Dip chicken into the gluten-free breadcrumb mixture to evenly coat on both sides. Repeat for each chicken cutlet. (photo 7)
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook chicken in the hot oil until golden, about 2 minutes per side. The chicken will finish cooking in the oven. (photo 8)
  • Transfer the chicken to a greased baking dish. Top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce. 
  • Layer each chicken breast with equal amounts of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese. (photo 9)
  • Bake for 15- 20 minutes, until the cheese is browned and bubbly and the chicken breasts and the chicken is completely cooked through.  An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165°F. (photo 10)
gluten-free chicken Parmesan recipe steps 7-10

Tips For Making The Best Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan Recipe

  • You can easily use more or fewer gluten-free panko crumbs and gluten-free bread crumbs – up to your preference.
  • Change the seasonings to change the flavor. You can even make this recipe spicy by adding some cayenne pepper.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. For it to be considered safe to eat, the reading should be 165°F.

What Can I Use For Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan If I Don’t Have Eggs?

Having some sort of binding agent to hold the gluten-free flour and the gluten-free bread crumbs onto the chicken is key, but that doesn’t mean that you have to use eggs. If you don’t have eggs, you can use heavy cream as a substitute instead.

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Gluten-Free Flour

This Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe was made with Pillsbury gluten-free flour. It is a cup-for-cup, all-purpose gluten-free rice flour blend with xanthan gum and starches.

Most gluten-free all-purpose flour blends have starches and xanthan gum already in them. The xanthan gum helps replace the elasticity and texture of gluten.

My favorite gluten-free flour is Pillsbury gluten-free. Not all gluten-free flours are created equal, so it’s super important to read the ingredients before using.

This gluten-free chicken parmesan recipe with not work with almond, oat, or coconut flour.

Tip For Measuring Gluten-Free Flour

It is super important to use a measuring cup made for dry ingredients (not a Pyrex liquid measuring cup) to measure gluten-free flour. I measure the gluten-free flour with the “spoon & level” method.

I use a large spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Then I use the back of a knife to level off the top of the measuring cup.

Please do not scoop the flour directly out of the bag with your measuring cup. If you do, you could end up with more flour than is called for in the recipe.

Ingredients Substitutions For Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

I have tested this gluten-free chicken parmesan recipe with dairy-free ingredient substitutions. 

For Dairy-Free: Use your favorite dairy-free cheese. I like Violife dairy-free mozzarella shreds and Follow Your Heart dairy-free parmesan cheese.

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Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

You are going to love how crispy and juicy this gluten-free chicken dinner recipe is! Serve it with your favorite gluten-free pasta and my Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread for a complete meal!

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5 from 5 votes

Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
gluten-free chicken parmesan on a white plate
An easy recipe for gluten-free chicken parmesan. This crispy and juicy gluten-free chicken recipe is a quick weeknight meal for the whole family!

Ingredients 

  • 6 skinless, boneless thin-sliced chicken breasts, or skinless, boneless chicken breasts halved to make fillets
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs, I like 4C gluten-free panko bread crumbs. I buy it at Walmart.
  • 1 cup gluten-bread bread crumbs, I like 4C gluten-free bread crumbs. I buy it at Walmart.
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated, For dairy-free: I like Follow Your Heart dairy-free parmesan cheese.
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour, I like Pillsbury gluten-free flour.
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup gluten-free marina sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded, For dairy-free: I like Violife dairy-free mozzarella cheese shreds.
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, For dairy-free: I like Follow Your Heart dairy-free parmesan cheese.
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Whisk eggs in a pie pan or shallow bowl and set aside.
  • Mix together the gluten-free flour and cornstarch in a pie pan or shallow dish.
  • Mix together the gluten-free bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning in a pie pan or shallow bowl.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in chicken in the gluten-free flour mixture on both sides.
  • Dip the gluten-free flour-coated chicken breast into the whisked eggs. Then Dip chicken into the gluten-free breadcrumb mixture to evenly coat on both sides. Repeat for each chicken cutlet.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Cook chicken in the hot oil until golden, about 2 minutes per side. The chicken will finish cooking in the oven.
  • Transfer the chicken to a greased baking dish. Top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce.
  • Layer each chicken breast with equal amounts of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 15- 20 minutes, until the cheese is browned and bubbly and the chicken breasts and the chicken is completely cooked through.  An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165°F.
  • Save leftovers in an airtight container and refigerate.

Video

Notes

  • For Dairy-Free: Use your favorite dairy-free cheese. I like Violife dairy-free mozzarella shreds and Follow Your Heart dairy-free parmesan cheese.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave or in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes, or until heated thoroughly. 
  • Mama says, “Always check your labels!”

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 697kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 57gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 221mgSodium: 624mgPotassium: 946mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 378IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 145mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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About Audrey Roberts

I'm Audrey Roberts, a busy mama of four and I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. I make gluten-free family-friendly recipes that are simple and delicious that you can too! I use easy to find ingredients that won't break your budget. You will also find dairy-free options and Paleo recipes. I am also the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, which is an Amazon Best Selling Cookbook in the US and Internationally. Living gluten-free since 2010. I hope by me sharing my journey it may help you with yours.

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  1. So good! I was able to get thinly sliced chicken breasts at my grocery store, so this was an easy meal to prepare. I made a simple marinara sauce using crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, onion power, and Italian seasoning, and let that cook down while preparing the chicken. I followed the recipe exactly. The combination of panko, bread crumbs, and corn starch made an amazingly crispy and flavorful crust. I will absolutely make this again!

  2. We are new to eating gluten free since my daughter was just diagnosed with a sensitivity. Our whole family enjoyed this and I will definitely be making it again. I used too much sauce, so the chicken wasn’t crispy anymore, but I was just overzealous. Will use the recommended two tablespoons next time.

    1. same.
      shows panko in ingredients list, but didnt see it in the instructions.
      twas delicious without.

  3. This is the best chicken parm recipe I have ever made, gluten-free or not! The whole family has been raving about it all evening, definitely recommend getting your chicken as thin as possible for the best result. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I’ve never made chicken parm, let alone gluten free. It tasted just as good as Olive Garden and that’s saying something. So yummy I had to force myself to only eat one breast. Thanks so much for giving this gluten free girl a surprise treat!