Baked Parmesan Chicken

When I think about the meals I ate while growing up, there is one common thread – they were all homemade. Whether I was eating at grandma’s, an aunt’s house, or at home, there was always a homemade meal to nourish me. And although I’ve had countless wonderful meals, my mom’s Parmesan Chicken was one of my all time favorites.

I remember my mother spending a good amount of time in the kitchen when preparing Parmesan Chicken – she never skimped on ingredients or cut corners. She would always make homemade pasta sauce for the chicken and pasta – delicious, but time-consuming. Then, while the sauce was cooking, she would dredge the chicken, fry it up, and pop it in the oven to melt the cheese. It took a lot of steps, but the result was always spectacular.

Baked Parmesan Chicken

While I love Parmesan Chicken, I don’t always have the time to prepare it the traditional way. Lucky for me, I found a new way to prepare it while still retaining all of the goodness in the original recipe with my Baked Parmesan Chicken using RAGÚ Pasta/Marinara Sauce!

Baked Parmesan Chicken

Like my mom’s sauce, RAGÚ Pasta Sauces are thick and hearty with no artificial colors, flavors, or high-fructose corn syrup. The ingredients are fresh and made from a blend of 100% vine-ripened California-grown tomatoes, onions and fragrant herbs such as basil, oregano, fennel and ground black pepper. There is so much flavor in the new RAGÚ Pasta Sauces that I don’t have to doctor the sauce with additional items and can use it directly from the bottle to coat my Baked Parmesan Chicken dish.

Baked Parmesan Chicken - 5 main ingredients

How to make Baked Parmesan Chicken

dip chicken

In a shallow bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. In another bowl, add a cup of RAGÚ Pasta Sauce. Dip chicken into the pasta sauce and coat both sides well. The thick and hearty RAGÚ Pasta Sauce should stick to the chicken well and give it a good sauce coating. Next, dip the chicken into the breadcrumbs, coating both sides. Place the coated pieces of chicken on a foil lined baking pan that is generously sprayed with cooking oil.

Bread crumb coating

When all the chicken pieces are coated, sprinkle any leftover breadcrumbs over the top of each chicken piece. To ensure a nice crisp chicken, spray each chicken with cooking oil. Bake at 325°F for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked.

melted cheese

Add cheese and a spoonful of RAGÚ Pasta Sauce on each chicken and baked for another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Baked Parmesan Chicken

Serve the Baked Chicken Parmesan over pasta and top with more warmed RAGÚ Pasta Sauce*.

*If serving with pasta, you will need two bottles of RAGÚ Pasta Sauce.

Baked Parmesan Chicken

Baked Parmesan Chicken

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes

How to make baked parmesan chicken using spaghetti sauce.


  • 1 bag chicken tenders (defrosted), pat dry
  • 1 bottle thick spaghetti/marinara sauce (choose your favorite flavor) or 2 if serving with pasta
  • 1 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups Pepper Jack or Mozzarella
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and generously spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Pat chicken tenders with a paper towel to remove excess water.
  3. Add seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese to a shallow bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl, add 1 cup of pasta sauce. Dip chicken tenders into the pasta sauce and coat both sides well. Then dip in the breadcrumb mixture. Place coated tenders onto the foil lined pan. Repeat until all the tenders are coated. Discard any sauce used for dipping the chicken in.
  4. Generously spray the coated chicken with cooking spray. Place pan in oven and baked for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  5. Add a pepper jack cheese and a heaping spoonful of bottle pasta sauce onto each chicken. Bake for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is warm.


If serving chicken over pasta, buy an additional bottle of pasta sauce.

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  1. I made this wonderful recipe with some saffron and it was really delicious. I have tried to make it with some other stuff added to it. I have added saffron threads and really liked the taste. Thanks a lot for the amazing recipe.

  2. This looks like a delicious Italian meal. I love that you coated the chicken with sauce before putting it in the breadcrumbs. What a genius idea!

  3. This looks delicious and seems like a really easy recipe to make. I have a soft spot for Parmesan cheese too so I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. I am part Italian and chicken parm is hands down one of my favorite dishes to eat ever! My fiance when we were younger once tried to make this all in the microwave and to this day I have not let him live that down!

  5. That looks so yummy! Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite dinners ever but I don’t make it very often because it takes so long to prepare. I am going to have to look for Homestyle Ragu at my grocery store. That would be a huge timesaver if I didn’t have to make the sauce from scratch.

  6. This is one of my favorite meals and I love that your recipe calls for baking it. This makes me want to make more homemade meals. I don’t do that nearly enough!

  7. Never to many ways to eat pasta or chicken. Looks like a great dish to feed a crowd. I bet it makes awesome leftover too.

  8. This looks so delish and easy! I know what I am having for Sunday dinner this week 🙂 I also added it to Stumbled Upon 🙂

  9. Looks amazing! We just love pasta and what a great idea to dip your chicken in the sauce before breading! Will have to try this soon!

  10. Wow, this looks great! I bet the four cheeses sauce flavor tastes great on this dish!