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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan {Scratch Made!}

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This “better than takeout” Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is the comfort food you’ve been searching for. Made with common ingredients, ready in just 30 minutes and crispy every time. 

Raise your hand if you love Italian food. You can’t see it, but my hand is definitely in the air!

You may have already seen my other Italian-inspired air fryer recipes and got the vibe that it’s one of my favorite cuisines (must be the Italian genes). 

air fried chicken parmesan topped with mozzarella cheese on a bed of spaghetti on a white plate

Using the air fryer to make chicken parm seems crazy, but it’s a game changer. And I absolutely love it!

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The chicken comes out crispy, the cooking time is quick and there’s minimal cleanup. And it’s easy to make single servings or larger batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

Another good thing about this easy air fryer recipe is that although it serves four you’ll only need 2 chicken breasts making it budget-friendly too. 

More Italian Inspired Air Fryer Recipes: 

ingredients labeled to make air fryer chicken parmesan

What You Need to Make Chicken Parmesan in the Air Fryer 

Ingredients 

Chicken breasts – you will need 2 that are around 8 ounces in size. We are using boneless skinless, and slicing them in half lengthwise

Cornstarch 

Nature’s Seasoning 

Eggs

Panko breadcrumbs

Parmesan – the grated kind

Parsley

Mozzarella – you can use the pre-shredded kind, but freshly grating the mozzarella takes chicken parm to a whole new level 

Marinara sauce – store-bought or homemade will work (Rao’s brand is our favorite)

Kitchen Equipment You Will Need

Air Fryer – but, of course! This is the model I currently use and it’s my favorite

Shallow bowls – these are to set up the station to bread the chicken

Basting brush – to brush on the marinara 

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan 

Start by preheating the air fryer to 380 degrees F. 

Next, you need to set up the dredging station. In the first bowl add the cornstarch and Nature’s Seasoning, then mix it together. 

two image collage showing the chicken being dredged and placed in the air fryer basket

In the second bowl, whisk together the eggs. 

Add the parmesan, panko breadcrumbs, and some of the parsley to the third bowl and stir. 

Now you’ll coat each piece of chicken in the breading by dipping it into the cornstarch mixture first, then the eggs, and ending with the breadcrumb mixture. 

Spray the air fryer basket with a little oil or use a parchment paper liner

Add the breaded chicken in a single layer to the basket. 

Using an oil mister, spritz each chicken breast with a little bit of oil then cook it for 6 minutes. 

chicken parm brushed with marinara and topped with mozzarella cheese

At the six-minute mark, flip each piece of chicken and brush on the marinara with a basting brush, and top with mozzarella cheese. 

Finish cooking, which should be about 3-4 more minutes. 

Time to serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy! 

top shot of air fried chicken parm on spaghetti noodles garnished with parsley

Tips for Making Chicken Parm in the Air Fryer

  • Keep the chicken pieces a similar size, pounding down any thick spots. Thinner chicken will cook faster.
  • You may need to cook in multiple batches depending on the size of your air fryer basket.
  • Air fryer chicken parm is best eaten fresh. If you want to reheat leftovers, warm for just a few minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Before serving, use a thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.

What to Serve with Crispy Chicken Parmesan

We like to pair crispy chicken Parm with a simple Romaine salad and a crusty loaf of French bread.

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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan {From Scratch}

This "better than takeout" Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is the comfort food you've been searching for. Made with common ingredients, ready in just 30 minutes and crispy every time.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F.
  • Set up a dredging station with 3 shallow bowls. In one bowl, mix the cornstarch and Nature’s Seasoning. In the second bowl, beat the eggs. In the third bowl, mix the panko, Parmesan and 1 tablespoon of parsley.
  • Coat the chicken first in the cornstarch & seasoning, then the eggs and finishing in the panko mixture, making sure to coat the pieces evenly.
  • Spritz the air fryer basket with a light coating of oil. Place the breaded chicken in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spritz chicken with oil and cook for 6 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken, brush on marinara, top with mozzarella cheese and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, until chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta.

NOTES

  • For best cooking results, try to keep the chicken pieces a similar size. Pound down any thick spots – thinner pieces will cook faster.
  • You may need to cook in multiple batches depending on the size of your air fryer basket.
  • Chicken parm is best eaten fresh.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Because every air fryer is different, we recommend checking your food at the halfway point and adjusting the cooking time if necessary.

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NUTRITION

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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