Baked Chicken Parmesan

During this hectic time of year it is important for me to plan easy recipes to fall back on. This simple recipe comes together quickly and is a lower fat alternative to Chicken Parmesan: no frying or breading! This is a one pan meal, which is nice when it comes time to clean up.

I keep the price of this meal low by taking advantage of leftover spaghetti sauce, using homemade croutons (the croutons cost even less if they are made with homemade bread) and leaving out the Parmesan cheese. Gasp! Chicken Parmesan without Parmesan cheese? Absolutely, my kids don’t like it, so I save money by using inexpensive mozzarella, which they do like.

Baked Chicken Parmesan
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 8
  1. Add a splash of olive oil to the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Spread it around with a basting brush. Place chicken in pan. Sprinkle with basil, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder. Flip the chicken and then sprinkle with spices.
  2. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the chicken.
  3. Sprinkle one cup of cheese over the spaghetti sauce.
  4. Layer the croutons over the cheese.
  5. Sprinkle one cup of cheese over the croutons. Then sprinkle basil, oregano, and thyme over the cheese.
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook for an additional 1 0 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.


I serve Baked Chicken Parmesan with a Garden Salad.

What are your easy fall back meals?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Baked chicken parmesan looks delicious. Last week I made some lasagna with leftover spaghetti sauce. .

  2. I love chicken parm and this looks so easy and better than fried chicken, thanks!

  3. I really like this recipe. It’s so much quicker and easier than traditional Chicken Parmesan, and it’s in one pan as well. I love the sound of those croutons too – seriously yummy and what a great frugal idea.

  4. Love having a container of pasta sauce in the fridge, there’s so much one can do with it. And this looks like a quick and delicious idea.

  5. i love the homemade croutons as well and homemade pasta sauce is always a good idea! :)

    i made something similar last week but substituted portobello mushrooms for the chicken – if you really want to cut back on costs try subbing out the meat – way cheaper and it’s better for the environment.

  6. This is a great quick and easy meal. I always need to come up with a way to use up the last of the spaghetti sauce (always have too much). Now I have another way. :)

  7. This looks great! Love the crouton touch, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop. PS where is the parmesan?

  8. I tried this and it was very good except I used thawed chicken tenders and there was so much liquid in bottom of the pan it diluted the flavor and I had to serve marinara on the side. Will try cooking the chicken first then put on spaghetti sauce and cheese.

  9. This was very good, made it tonight. I almost left off the croutons but glad I included them. They made it yummy!


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