Frozen Chicken Parmesan

Forgot to thaw the chicken? Don’t worry, you can make chicken parm using frozen chicken breasts.

Forgot to thaw the chicken? Don't worry, you can make chicken parm using frozen chicken breasts.

One evening a couple of years ago I arrived home after a crazy day and discovered that I had forgotten to take the planned chicken breasts out of the freezer. I thought I had our dinner plans covered but it turned out that I did not. I got the chicken breasts out of the freezer and tossed them onto a baking sheet and put them into the oven, with my fingers crossed. I really hoped that they would thaw and cook and not take forever.

To my surprise and delight, they were done in about 30 minutes. I used an instant read thermometer to make sure. Here is the method that I posted on my blog after that experience. It shows how to cook chicken breasts from frozen.

From that point on I started experimenting with different recipes that could be made with chicken breasts straight from the freezer. Today’s Frozen Chicken Parmesan is one of those. I know you’re going to love it for how delicious it is, but also for how convenient it is when you find yourself with frozen chicken breasts and no time to thaw them.

Frozen Chicken Parmesan

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • cooking oil
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 medium frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts that were frozen individually and are not attached to each other now
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon cooking oil, Panko, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Place frozen chicken breasts in a single layer on prepared baking sheet and brush the top of each with 1 teaspoon of tomato sauce. Top each with one quarter of the breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake until cooked through to 165ºF, as read on an instant-read thermometer, 30-40 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and preheat broiler. Top each breast with 1 heaped tablespoon of tomato sauce and 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella. Broil until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes.

Christine Pittman

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