Deliciously Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan: A Twist on a Classic Italian Dish
If you're a fan of Italian cuisine, then you're likely familiar with the mouthwatering flavors of Chicken Parmesan. Traditionally, this dish is prepared by breading and frying chicken cutlets. But with the magic of an air fryer, you can achieve that same crispy texture and delightful taste with less oil. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to create a delicious and healthier version of Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan that will leave your taste buds singing.
Why Choose Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan? Air frying is a fantastic technique for creating crispy and flavorful dishes while reducing the amount of oil used. By using an air fryer, you can achieve that golden, crunchy coating on the chicken without the need for deep frying. This makes Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan a healthier option without sacrificing any of the deliciousness.
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- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil leaves for garnish
Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
In a shallow dish, combine the bread crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, dried Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
Butterfly the chicken breasts by slicing them horizontally, but not all the way through, so that they can open like a book.
Dip each chicken breast into the bread crumb mixture, pressing lightly to adhere the crumbs to the chicken. Make sure both sides are evenly coated.
Place the breaded chicken breasts into the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overlapping.
Cook the chicken in the air fryer for 15-18 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are golden brown and cooked through with an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
Remove the chicken from the air fryer and spoon marinara sauce over each chicken breast. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
Return the chicken to the air fryer for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.
Conclusion: Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is a fantastic way to enjoy the flavors of the classic Italian dish with a healthier twist. The air fryer provides that perfect crispy coating on the chicken while keeping it moist and tender inside. So, gather your ingredients, fire up the air fryer, and indulge in this deliciously satisfying meal that will have your family and friends asking for seconds. Buon appetito!