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Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan

This gluten free chicken parmesan recipe takes classic chicken parmesan and makes it gluten free! Juicy, tender, delicious, restaurant quality and on the table in only 30 minutes!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Lyndsey


  • 1 pound chicken breast trimmed of fat and butterflied or cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
  • 1 cup marinara sauce divided
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder + ¼ teaspoon salt or ¼ teaspoon onion salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Begin by seasoning the pancake mix by mixing in ¼ teaspoon of each seasoning in a wide bowl. Additionally, cut the chicken into equal pieces and pat dry.
  • Once the chicken is trimmed and dry, season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Line up three wide bowls containing (1) pancake mix, (2) one beaten egg and (3) breadcrumbs.
  • Dredge chicken in pancake mixture ensuring both sides are equally coated.
  • Add dredged chicken to egg bowl. Cover with egg on all sides.
  • Transfer chicken to the breadcrumb bowl and cover all sides evenly.
  • Add prepared chicken to a plate while repeating the process on all pieces of chicken.
  • Heat ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and allow for room between each piece.
  • Cook for 3 minutes then flip the chicken. Cook additional 3 minutes or until chicken is golden brown on each side.
  • Spread ½ cup sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Place seared chicken on top of the sauce and bake for 15 minutes at 400F.
  • Cover chicken evenly with remaining sauce and parmesan cheese. Return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Add more cheese and parsley if desired


How to Cook Chicken Evenly
When trimming the fat from the chicken breast either butterfly the chicken or pound it to an even depth.
I generally prefer to butterfly my chicken to about ¼ inch. This ensure that the chicken cooks evenly.
How to Make the Best Crispy Coating for Chicken Parmesan
The best crispy coating comes from the choice of breadcrumbs. I personally like to make my bread crumbs and find that is what gives the best flavor and texture.
Using gluten free panko breadcrumbs will also give a great crunch and texture.
One of the most important things to remember is to dry your chicken breast before seasoning it. This will ensure that you keep the breading on the chicken.
What to serve with Chicken Parmesan
I like to eat chicken parm with spaghetti noodles. For this recipe I used Jovial Gluten Free spaghetti. Air Fryer Broccoli and Blistered Green Beans with Garlic are two of my favorite veggies sides to eat with this meal.
Do you use Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese?
This recipe uses parmesan cheese but you can swap out for mozzarella or use a combination of the two.