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baked marinara chicken in a baking dish

Baked Chicken Marinara

Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Emily
Baked Chicken Marinara has breaded baked chicken topped with marinara sauce and cheese. An easy weeknight meal that is inexpensive and delicious!
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  • large baking pan
  • 2 deep dishes/bowls for (breading and egg stations)


  • 4-6 5 ounces chicken breasts, flattened
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup marinara sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • fresh basil, julienned


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F and prepare a baking dish with non-stick spray. Place the chicken breasts in a plastic bag, remove the air and seal it. Gently pound the chicken a rolling pin or something flat and heavy to flatten the chicken breasts to be the same size. This will help all the chicken breasts cook at the same time.
    chicken breasts in a bag that have been pounded
  • Add the breadcrumbs, panko, and parmesan cheese in one of the deep dishes or a bowl and stir everything together. Melt the butter and place it in the other dish to create an assembly line to bread the chicken.
    butter and breadcrumb stations for baked chicken
  • Dip one chicken breast in the butter and allow the excess to drain off. Next, place the buttered chicken breast in the bread crumb mixture and fully coat the chicken on both sides. Place the breaded chicken in the prepared baking dish. Repeat with all of the chicken breasts. Once all of the chicken has been breaded, spray the top of the chicken with a little more oil spray. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
    breaded chicken in a dish to bake
  • Remove the pan from the oven and spoon some of the sauce on top of each piece of chicken. Sprinkle cheese on top of the sauce and return to the oven. Cook for another 5 minutes. I like to broil the top of the chicken for 2-3 minutes at the very end of cooking.
    baked chicken with marinara sauce and cheese on top
  • Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle the fresh basil on top. Enjoy!
    chicken marinara baked with sauce, cheese, and basil on top


Serving: 5oz | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.6g | Protein: 39.7g | Fat: 13.5g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 8mg