Poor Man’s Chicken Parm

Poor Man’s Chicken Parm

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You can make easy Chicken Parmesan, for just a few bucks and in just a few minutes.


  • Frozen chicken patties
  • Marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella slices
  • Parmesan cheese

Easy Instructions

  1. Get four (or six) frozen chicken patties and fry them in oil, just until brown.

2. Place them in a lightly greased/oiled baking pan, cover with 2 cups marinara, layer 1 cup mozzarella (or 4 – 6 slices) & sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. If you make 6 patties, use an extra 1/2 cup of marinara.

3. Bake at 425 about 15 – 20 minutes. You can turn the broiler on to brown the top of the cheese.

4. Serve on spaghetti noodles or rice.

Tonight, I used whole-grain Barilla spaghetti.

I could use more marinara.

I like the On-cor chicken parmegiana, but here’s the ingredients:

Tomato Sauce: Tomato Puree, Water, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Onions, Con-tains Less Than 2% of the Following: Beef, Salt, Dehydrated Onion, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Spices, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder. Breaded & Cooked Chicken Patties Topped With Cheese: White Chicken Meat, Breading and Batter (Bleached Wheat Flour, Water, Modified Food Starch, Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Contains Less Than 2% of the Following: Oleoresin Papri-ka, Dextrose, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Leavening [Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate], Corn Starch, Sodium Alginate, Soy Flour, Natural Flavor), Chicken Skins, Water, Low Moisture Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Part Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Tex-tured Soy Flour, Soy Protein Concentrate, Contains Less Than 2% of the Following: Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Onion Powder, Spices, Flavorings, Nonfat Dry Milk

If you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it.

About Sauces

My favorite marinara sauce is Barilla, but Newman’s Own is good, too. However, they are more authentic than the tomato-paste sauce in the On-cor meal. You can try to copy it with your own tomato sauce, just add some sugar (1 – 2 Tbsp), salt (1 – 2 tsp), onion powder (1/2 tsp) and garlic powder (1/2 tsp) to tomato puree. Adjust seasoning as you see fit. It has some other stuff in it, so to thicken it, try corn starch (1 Tbsp, made into a paste). You should slow cook it about an hour on simmer. Start with one 12-15 oz can of tomato puree. If you’re making six chicken patties, use two cans.

🧀 Use sliced mozzarella for better cheese experience.

I’m not sure if it should be spelled Chicken Parmesan, or Chicken Pamegiana. On-Cor is the latter, but my favorite Italian restaurant serves the former. So, let’s just go with “Parm”.

Poor Man’s Chicken Parm

Working mom's chicken Parmesan – quick and easy weeknight dinner from frozen chicken patties.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 456kcal
Cost: $5


  • 4 frozen chicken patties (Tyson)
  • 1 ½ c marinara (Barilla)
  • 4 mozzarella cheese slices
  • ½ c Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil divided


  • Heat a frying pan with 2 Tbsp olive oil on medium-high. When hot, pan fry two chicken patties at a time, 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Preheat oven to 425° F. Drizzle a baking dish with the other 2 Tbsp olive oil and place the cooked patties in it.
  • Pour marinara sauce over chicken, then layer with mozzarella slices. Sprinkle Parmesan on top and bake 15 minutes, until bubbly.
  • Turn Broiler on Low, and cook within 6" of top burner for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese achieves preferred brownness.
  • Serve on spaghetti noodles or rice.


Poor Man's Chicken Parm Nutrition Label

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