Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure as we delve into the heart of a treasured recipe that has been cherished by generations. Today, we’ll be sharing the secret to making the mouthwatering Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan. This easy-to-follow recipe, lovingly crafted by a talented homemaker, promises a delightful blend of crispy goodness and cheesy indulgence. So, preheat your air fryer and let’s begin this delicious journey together!
How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Preparing the Chicken Breasts
To start this delectable recipe, take a boneless, skinless chicken breast (or two small ones) and butterfly them by slicing them through the middle to create two thinner pieces. Once done, gently pat them dry with paper towels, ensuring they are ready to soak in all the flavors.
Whisking the Eggs and Preparing the Breading
In a large shallow dish, whisk together two large eggs. In another shallow dish, create the flavorful breading by combining ¾ cup of Panko bread crumbs, ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, paprika, and black pepper. The result? A tantalizing mix of textures and aromas that will make your taste buds tingle with anticipation.
Coating the Chicken
Dip each chicken piece into the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Now, coat the chicken thoroughly with the Panko mixture, pressing firmly to ensure it adheres perfectly to the surface. This step is the key to achieving that irresistibly crispy exterior that Air Fryers do so well!
Air Frying the Chicken
Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F, and while it’s getting ready, give the air fryer basket a quick spray with non-aerosol oil spray. Also, lightly spray both sides of the breaded chicken with oil. Once everything is set, carefully place the chicken into the air fryer basket.
Cooking to Perfection
Let the magic happen as the chicken cooks for about 5 minutes per side, achieving a gorgeous light golden hue. You’ll be mesmerized by the tempting aroma that fills your kitchen, promising a delicious treat in just a few more steps.
Adding the Finishing Touches
Now comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Top each perfectly air-fried chicken piece with a generous dollop of seasoned tomato pasta sauce and a generous sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese. For that final touch of elegance, divide the remaining tablespoon of grated Parmesan between the two chicken pieces.
Melting the Cheese
Pop the chicken back into the air fryer for another 2 minutes or until the cheese melts into a gooey, irresistible goodness. Be sure to check that the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 165 degrees F to ensure the chicken is perfectly cooked and ready to be devoured!
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan Recipe
Experience the crispy, cheesy delight of Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan – a heartwarming tale of flavors coming together!
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (or two small)
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup Panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup tomato sauce (seasoned tomato pasta sauce)
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
- Split chicken breasts (butterflying them) to make two thinner pieces. Simply place your chicken breasts on a cutting board and place one hand flat on top. Use a sharp knife to cut the chicken breast in the middle all the way through.
- Pat dry with paper towel.
- Whisk eggs together in a large shallow dish.
- In another large shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, ¼ cup Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, paprila and black pepper.
- Coat chicken in egg mixture, and allow excess to drip off.
- Coat chicken in Panko mixture, pressing firmly to make sure they adhere well.
- Spray the air fryer basket with non-aerosol oil spray. Spray both sides of the chicken with oil spray as well and place into the air fryer.
- Cook for 5 minutes per side, until light golden.
- Top each with half of the tomato sauce and mozzarella. Divide remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan between the two and cook another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Check that the internal temperature has reached a minimum of 165 degrees F. Serve.
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The Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe is a true testament to the joy of home cooking, where simple ingredients blend harmoniously to create a mouthwatering dish. With its irresistible crispy exterior and gooey cheese topping, this heartwarming recipe is sure to become a beloved favorite among family and friends alike.