Buffalo Chicken Parmesan

Mix up two classics — Chicken Parmesan and Buffalo chicken — for dinner tonight.

Buffalo Chicken Parmesan

There are very few things better than a great mash-up recipe. Taco salad, spaghetti pie, pizza pasta…and perhaps the greatest of them all — Buffalo Chicken Parmesan. Is there really anything better than enjoying two of your favorite flavors all during one meal?  

Buffalo Chicken is a food craze with untouchable popularity. What’s not to love? Sharp, bright and well-balanced cayenne sauce blended with rich and buttery chicken. Count us in, every time. The original components for a great Buffalo dish marry wonderfully with the classic preparation of Chicken Parmesan.

We’ll use the cayenne pepper and ranch flavors to infuse the chicken, but we’ll bread and pan fry to create a crisp crust, and finally we’ll bake the creation just long enough to let the flavors meld and the cheese melt. Do you need a better excuse to whip out your favorite cast iron skillet?

Buffalo Chicken Parmesan

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15-18 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. chicken cutlets
  • ½ cup cayenne pepper sauce, divided
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. chipotle powder
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  •  1 Tbsp. ranch dressing
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Begin by pulling your chicken from the refrigerator and placing it into a large plastic bag. Pour ¼ cup of the cayenne pepper sauce into the bag over the chicken, place back into the refrigerator, and let this marinate for 1 hour.
  2. When the chicken is almost finished marinating, gather all of the remaining items on the counter.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  4. Measure the panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder and chipotle powder into a bowl and mix.
  5. Take out a large cast iron or oven-safe skillet and place over medium heat. Remove chicken from the refrigerator. You’re going to take each piece of marinated chicken and roll it in the seasoned, breadcrumb mixture. When all of the chicken has been coasted in the crumb mix, add the butter to the pan and swirl it around until it is melted. Lay the cutlets in the hot pan and let them cook, about 6-8 minutes per side. You want the crust to be golden, and the insides to be cooked through.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, take the remaining ¼ cup of cayenne pepper sauce and mix with the ranch dressing. When the chicken has finished cooking, remove the skillet from the heat, drizzle the cayenne pepper & ranch sauce evenly over each cutlet, and lay a piece of mozzarella over each piece of chicken. Place into the oven for 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese melts and bubbles. Serve up while it’s still hot!

Allie McDonald

Allie is an avocado obsessed, hot pepper junky with a serious passion for food. When she isn’t adding to her cowgirl boot collection, you can find her in the kitchen, with her apron covered in the day’s creations. She’s the blogger behind Miss Allie’s Kitchen, a food blog dedicated to creating whole and healthy recipes to inspire home cooks.