Dairy Farmers of Canada

Super Easy Chicken Parm

Our dietitians' favourite

This recipe is taken from the 2018 Milk Calendar. Super easy, super tasty, and will likely rank among your family’s favourites. Or switch it up and turn it into an Italian sandwich.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
  • Baking Time: 15 min
Yields 4
super easy chicken parm


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) bottled tomato passata
  • 3/4 cup (60 mL) dry Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb (500 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 2
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter divided
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded Canadian Mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Canadian Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh basil (optional)
  • 4 small Italian buns (optional)
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Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Spread passata over base of a 9 x 13-inch (3 L) casserole dish.

Place breadcrumbs on a plate. Horizontally slice chicken breasts in half to form 4 cutlets. Press both sides of each cutlet into breadcrumbs to coat. Set aside. Melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Add chicken, cooking until golden brown on each side for 2 to 4 min (chicken will not be cooked through). Place in casserole dish.

Wipe pan clean. Melt remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter in the clean pan. Add garlic; cook for 1 min. Whisk in flour, then milk until blended. Bring to a boil, whisking until bubbly and thickened, about 2 to 3 min. Remove from heat and stir in Mozzarella. Drizzle Mozzarella sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 15 min. Sprinkle with basil. Serve as is, or place chicken and some sauce in buns.


Passata is a tomato sauce made from strained tomatoes. It makes a great base for pizza as well.

Instead of chicken, use pork or veal scaloppini.

Cut chicken into fingers before dipping in breadcrumbs.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 351 Calories
Protein: 38 g
Carbohydrate: 12 g
Fat: 16 g
Fibre: 1 g
Sodium: 449 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 22 % / 237 mg
Niacin: 57 %
Selenium: 73 %
Vitamin B12: 45 %
Vitamin B6: 60 %