Chicken Parmesan - Aaron Mccargo, Jr's Masterpiece!

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is, without question, the best chicken parmesan I've ever had. It's from Aaron McCargo, Jr of The Next Food Network Star competition. I love the way he seasons the chicken itself as well as the panko, making sure you *get* the seasonings instead of them falling off into the oil. The white sauce takes this completely over the top. Just when you think you've died and gone to blissful heaven, another dimension of magnificent flavor graces your awaiting tongue. Use your favorite store-bought marinara. I used Classico Cabernet Marinara with Herbs and it was DEEE-vine! I also used far less oil than Aaron's suggested 2 quarts and halved the recipe which turned out just fine. Diet, SCHMY-ET!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all seasonings together then divide into 2 parts.
  3. Season chicken breast with half of the seasoning on both sides.
  4. Add the remaining seasoning and 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley to panko bread crumbs and mix.
  5. Dip chicken in flour, then in eggs, then in bread crumbs.
  6. Fry chicken until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. For the white sauce, heat the garlic and heavy cream in a medium saucepan, until simmering.
  8. Turn off heat, add butter, and whisk vigorously until fully incorporated.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Simmer the marinara sauce in saucepan over medium heat.
  11. Place 2 slices of mozzarella cheese on each breast.
  12. Pour the warmed marinara sauce over the cheese, drizzle with white sauce and serve.


Most Helpful

This is company worthy. We really enjoyed the flavors with this recipe with the white sauce giving this another level of yum! I don't use Panko very often but they are a must because nothing else stays this crispy. Thank you!

ihvhope October 18, 2009

And I thought that I made a good chicken parm... This was simply fantastic! The panko and the white sauce helped to separate this recipe from the rest of the pack. Followed the recipe as written. Made this for company, as it was easy to put together. The compliments were the highlight of the dinner conversation.

Turkmanastan January 07, 2009

Wow this was amazing. My mind went blank for a bit and I thought I was in an italian restaurant... but I realized I was still in my kitchen and it was that much better. I tried to find Panko with no luck. I saw recipes for it on zaar but was too lazy. So I used regular bread crumbs and it came out great. I did think the amount of bread crumbs was over kill and could have gotten by with 1 cup. It might be that panko is not as bulky as reg. crumbs. Me, hubby and sister in law loooved this. I served with Recipe #136292 , Recipe #314197 and Recipe #12435. Thank you Sandi!

Wobin November 05, 2008

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