This low-carb chicken parmesan is made with pork panko for the perfect grain-free breading! It’s paleo, keto, and easy to make AIP.

chicken parmesan on a plate with spaghetti

What is Chicken Parmesan?

Chicken parmigiana was a huge favorite in my Italian-American family growing up. It’s made with chicken cutlets coated in a breading with parmesan cheese, fried, and then topped off with marinara and mozzarella. It’s nothing short of comfort food. However, it’s not necessarily the healthiest dish and it’s definitely not allergen friendly.

This version seriously levels up the classic! It’s made with pork panko rather than breadcrumbs which helps to make it low carb, keto, paleo and it can also be made AIP.

The Ingredients for the Low Carb Chicken Parmigiana

  • Chicken Cutlets: You can buy these sliced at the butcher counter or simply butterfly 2 chicken breasts at home.
  • Pork Panko: This is the secret ingredient! The brand sent me some in the mail to try, and I love it so much! It’s the perfect grain-free alternative to breadcrumbs.
  • Parmesan & Mozzarella: Or you can use dairy-free alternatives listed in the recipe!
  • Marinara Sauce & Basil

How to make Low Carb Chicken Parmesan

  • Prep Coating: prep the coating in a bowl next to a bowl with the whisked egg.
  • Coat the Chicken: Dip each chicken cutlet into the egg, coating on both sides. Then, dip the chicken into the panko coating and fully dredge. Transfer the chicken to the casserole dish and repeat with all of the chicken.
  • Bake: Drizzle the avocado oil over the chicken and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

chicken parmesan in a baking dish

  • Top with Cheese: Remove from the oven and top each chicken cutlet with a couple of spoonfuls of marinara sauce, and then mozzarella cheese. Continue baking in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Finish and Serve: serve the chicken over a pasta of your choice, or with a side of vegetables.

Can you make this recipe in the air fryer?

Though I haven’t tried myself, you should be able to! I would simply cook it as you would any other breaded chicken in the air fryer.

Can you make this recipe ahead of time?

Of course! Chicken parmesan is always better the next day 😉 Reheat the recipe for a few minutes in the oven and you’re good to go.

How do you make this recipe without any dairy?

What do you serve this with?

  • A side of gluten-free or grain-free pasta
  • Zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash
  • Roasted vegetables or a side salad

Two plates of chicken parmesan with spaghetti

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Low Carb Chicken Parmigiana


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This low-carb chicken parmigiana is made with pork panko for the perfect grain-free breading! It’s paleo, keto, and easy to make AIP.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pork panko
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (see notes for dairy-free and AIP)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 1 egg, whisked (sub 1 cup full-fat coconut milk for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup marinara sauce (sub nomato sauce for AIP)
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese (sub this for dairy-free/AIP)
  • Fresh sliced basil to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a casserole dish with parchment paper.
  2. Prep the coating by combining the panko, parmesan, garlic powder, dried parsley and pepper in a bowl. Set the coating bowl next to a bowl with the whisked egg.
  3. Dip each chicken cutlet into the egg, coating on both sides. Then, dip the chicken into the panko coating and fully dredge. Transfer the chicken to the casserole dish and repeat with all of the chicken.
  4. Drizzle the avocado oil over the chicken and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and top each chicken cutlet with a couple of spoonfuls of marinara sauce, and then mozzarella cheese. Continue baking in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165F.
  6. Serve the chicken topped with basil and over a pasta of your choice, or with a side of vegetables.

Notes

  • To make the recipe dairy-free, sub 2 tbsp pork panko and 2 tbsp nutritional yeast.
  • All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 832
  • Fat: 34.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 118g

Keywords: chicken parmesan, chicken parmigiana