How to make chicken parmigiana

How to make chicken parmigiana two ways! Make this Australian pub classic at home with chicken breasts or chicken drumsticks. Get the easy recipes plus tips for making the best chicken parmesan.

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How to make chicken parmigiana with breasts or drumsticks

Chicken parmigiana (also called chicken parmesan) is a classic recipe that you can find in just about every pub in Australia, but it’s so easy to cook at home! Learn how to make chicken parmigiana at home with chicken breasts, or an extra juicy version with drumsticks.

Chicken parmigiana recipe with breasts

Get the recipe: Ultimate Family Chicken Parmigiana

This classic chicken parmi recipe is ideal for feeding a family. This version is also easy to slice up and turn into a chicken parmesan sandwich, another classic.

Chicken parmigiana with drumsticks

Get the recipe: Parmesan Crusted Chicken Drumsticks Parmigiana

For leg lovers, chicken drumsticks make this recipe extra juicy. This recipe also adds parmesan to the breadcrumbs for those that like a fuller cheese flavour.

Tips for the best chicken parmigiana

Why use panko breadcrumbs?

Panko breadcrumbs are bigger and flakier than normal breadcrumbs. They’ll give you a better crunch, and they’re better for incorporating grated parmesan into the crumb. You can find panko breadcrumbs in the Asian aisle of the supermarket.

What cheese should you use for chicken parmigiana?

Arguably the most important part of chicken parmi is the cheese! After all, without it’s just crumbed chicken. The cheese you use can make or break your dish, so make sure to use a flavourful, high quality cheese. Add Perfect Italiano Extra Sharp Parmesan to the panko for punchy flavour, and Perfect Italiano 4 Cheese Melt will give you a lovely melt over the top of your crunchy crumbed chicken.

How can you tell when the oil is ready to fry?

To check if the oil is hot enough to fry, dip a handle of a wooden spoon or a wooden chopstick into the oil. If you see it vigorously bubble, it’s ready to fry. 

The safe way to place chicken in oil

Be careful when placing the chicken in the oil. Do not drop the chicken from up high, hold the chicken with your hands and gently place it into the oil, in the direction away from you to avoid splashing. 

What to serve with chicken parmigiana

Serve your parmi with one of these options to complete your meal:

  • Fresh salad
  • Pasta
  • Garlic bread
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Zucchini noodles
  • Steamed greens, such as green beans, broccoli or asparagus
  • Slice it up and make a chicken parmi sandwich

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