Parmigiana: How to Make Australian Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken parmigiana is a breaded chicken breast with tomato sauce and mozzarella, parmesan, and provolone cheese. Sometimes, a slice of ham or bacon will be added. It is also known as a chicken parm colloquially in the United States and as a parma, parmi, or parmy in Australia.

Chicken Parmesan started back in Campania and Sicily in Italy. You can deep fry the eggplant, then add the sauce from cheese and tomato. Bake it then, and enjoy it.

Cooks in North America and other parts of the world with large Italian immigrant populations realized at some points that chicken would be an excellent alternative to the eggplant, and Chicken Parmigiana was born.


  • Author: Romae Chanice Marquez
  • Recipe Category: Snacks / Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Australian

Chicken parmigiana is included as the basis for several different recipes, including sandwiches and pastries, and the meal is used in some restaurants as the topic of eating contests. The whole preparation and cooking time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. This recipe is suitable for four servings. 

Chicken Parmigiana

Australian chicken parmigiana is one of the most popular dishes in Australia. Photo credits to: @amazinfoodie.

Australian Chicken Parmigiana Ingredients

  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 5 large eggs, beaten with 2 tablespoons of water and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 3 cups of panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil or pure olive oil
  • Tomato sauce, recipe follows
  • 2 pounds of fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan
  • Fresh basil or parsley leaves, for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, smashed with some kosher salt to make a paste
  • 2 28-ounce cans of plum tomatoes and their juices
  • 1 16-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small bunch of Italian parsley
  • 1 Cubano chile pepper, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Australian Chicken Parmigiana Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge the breast in the flour and tap the excess, then dip into the egg and drop off the excess. Dredge in the bread crumbs on both sides.

Step 2: Divide the oil up to almost heated between 2 large sauce pans and heat over high heat. Add the chicken breasts to each pan and cook for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown on both sides.

Step 3: Switch to a baking sheet and cover each breast with some tomato sauce, some mozzarella slices, salt and pepper, and a tbsp of Parmesan. Bake in the oven for about 5 to 7 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the cheese is melted. Garnish with basil or parsley leaves from the oven.

Step 4: Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add garlic and onions and cook until soft. With their juices, add pureed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, a cup of water, bay leaves, parsley, and Cubano pepper, and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and cook for about 30 minutes until slightly thickened.

Australian Chicken Parmigiana Additional Information

  • Per serving has 373 calories, 18g of carbohydrates, 12g of fat, and 47g of protein.
  • This recipe serves 4 people.
  • Cook/prep time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • This is a traditional dish in Australia.

About Australian Chicken Parmigiana Recipe

Chicken parmigiana is typically served with chips and salad in Australia. There is some controversy as to whether the chips should be served under or next to the chicken.


Today, chicken parmigiana is gaining popularity all over the world, most especially in Europe and the United States. Luckily, it is easy to make and prepare for those you want to cook it for at home. For more international recipes, click here.

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