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Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style ( A New Favorite)

Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style
Chicken parmesan pizza style is a giant golden fried chicken patty topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Drizzled with spicy honey this version of chicken parm will have you wishing you made more.
Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style

Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style  has been on my brain lately. Apparently Cheesecake Factory’s chicken parmesan pizza style is quite popular. I also read about a version from Quality Italian, a New York restaurant that just opened here. One thing’s for sure… I’ve had this chicken parm’ pizza style recipe on my brain. Ordinarily, I’m not a huge chicken parm fan but ever since reading about this  recipe, I’ve become obsessed.

But what exactly is Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style?

  1. Chicken Parmesan Pizza style is made from ground chicken, not chicken breast. Surprise! Basically, you take your ground chicken mixed with some seasonings, shape into patties and almost freeze them. Weird, huh? But trust me. This chicken parmesan pizza style recipe totally rocks.
  2. After they are frozen you dip them just as you would chicken breasts, into eggs and bread crumbs and flour. Then it’s into the pan where they are fried on both sides.
  3. Ready for the oven! Top with some tomato sauce of your choice and then add cheese. Let these golden crisp pattes bake until the cheese is melted.
  4. I like to broil them for the last few minutes so the chicken parmesan gets nice and golden.
  5. Last step that should not be ignored. Make some spicy honey to drizzle over the top. You will be amazed when you taste the honey with the chicken. This is my favorite part.
  6. Serve over pasta or over arugula. Both are winners.
Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style

SO? This golden, crispy patty of joy is not pizza. It’s like WAY BETTER than pizza. Totally hits the comfort spot-this sizzling chicken patty may or may not resemble Cheesecake Factory’s chicken parmesan recipe covered with melted gooey cheese. Whether it does or doesn’t, this recipe was one heck of a crowd pleaser. I guarantee this will be my next dinner party entree and I’m sure it will have folks begging for more.

5 Steps to Making Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style

Just a few easy steps and this giant ground chicken patty can be yours:

  1. Just season up the chicken, place in a pie pan and freeze. No chicken breasts in this recipe.
  2. After this baby is frozen it’s time to pat it with a bit of seasoned flour, brush it with some egg wash and then dip into some panko crumbs. Make sure it’s well coated because the crust is awesome.
  3. Fry each patty and set aside until ready to bake.
  4. Spread with a bit of sauce, top with cheese and bake for about 10 minutes-assuming it’s at room temperature.
  5. Then it’s time to hit the broiler and brown that cheese golden.
Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style

How to Make Spicy Honey for Chicken Parmesan Pizza:

While this is going on in your oven that hopefully works, it’s time to make some spicy honey. Believe it. In my humble opinion this sweet elixir puts this dish beyond paradise. Sounds weird but I read that Quality Italian serves their parm with a Calabrian honey. Not having travelled to Calabria recently I decided to make my own version which was as simple as adding Thai chili paste (whose only ingredients were chili, garlic, onions and oil) to a bit of honey. I do believe even Sriracha would work or just some chili flakes. Oh man. One taste knocked me off my rocker.

Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style

Chicken parmesan pizza style is my new favorite recipe. Don’t miss this one folks. It’s a keeper. Keep the party going and serve this on a bed of pasta or not. I love it on a bed of arugula and for Manservant’s sake I gave him both-pasta and arugula. I can tell you which he left on the plate. And that honey? Drizzle it over the top. Yeah, I know there’s a lot going on in this dish. But a lot better on a plate than in your head. Mangia!

Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style

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Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style

Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style ( A New Favorite)

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Italian


Chicken parmesan pizza style is a giant golden fried chicken patty topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Drizzled with spicy honey, this version of chicken parm will have you wishing you made more.



1 lb ground chicken

3 T parmesan cheese

1 t salt

1 t marjoram or oregano (Marjoram is a bit lighter and not as spicy as oregano. Try it for a change!)

1 t garlic powder

1/2 t ground pepper

1/2 c marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s arrabiata)

3 T parmesan cheese

6 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced

Olive oil for frying (about 1/2″ in skillet to cover)

Fresh Basil and Tomatoes for garnish (Extra sauce and cheese if you want.)

Breading and Egg Wash
1/4 c flour seasoned with a touch of the above and 2 T parmesan cheese
1 egg lightly beaten and mixed with 1 T of water
1/2 c panko crumbs
Spicy Honey
1/2 c honey (you will probably have some left over)
1-2 t spicy chili paste


Line 2 8″ cake or pie pans with plastic wrap.

Mix together ground chicken with seasonings. To test for seasonings, take about 1 t of the mixture and place in microwave or 20 seconds. Feel free to adjust seasonings if needed. Now divide chicken in half and pat each half into prepared pan. Freeze for about 4 hours. It does not need to be solid, but almost!

Prepare egg wash and breading. Remove chicken and dust with flour on top, bottom and sides. Brush well with egg wash on top, sides and bottom. Cover on all sides with panko crumbs.

Heat oil in pan until shimmering. Add chicken patties to oil. (I did mine one at a time.) Fry until golden about 5 minutes on each side. Remove and drain.

Preheat oven to 400. While oven is preheating cover each chicken patty with 1/4 c of marinara or to your discretion. I think it is better to add more sauce later. If you add too much now your patty will be soggy. Cover with parmesan. Then cover that with mozzarella.

Place on a baking sheet in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Cheese should be melted, if not bake a few minutes longer. Remove from oven,

Heat broiler to high. Slide baking sheet under broiler and broil for just a few minutes until cheese is golden and glistening. Garnish with basil and tomatoes. Serve with a pizza cutter.

Mix up the honey. Drizzle on top or serve on the side.

Feel free to serve over pasta or arugula or both!

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  • Anonymous
    February 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Would cooking the chicken then putting the sauce and cheese on in the broiler be better, you think?

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      February 24, 2018 at 3:09 am

      The chicken is cooked by frying. I like to bake the sauce and cheese together after the chicken is cooked in the oven.Since I sometimes keep the chicken warm, rather than baking it right away I do like to place it in the oven first to make sure that it is warmed through. Also, depending on how frozen the chicken patties are before frying, determines if the patties are cooked through before they turn golden. Placing them in the oven is one way to make sure they are sufficiently cooked through. However I always brown it under the broiler.

  • Anonymous
    January 25, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Been looking for a way like pizza shops make them buzzing I've found this i will be trying this asap will have bechamel sauce on top of mine with cheese. So you can fry them payties from frozen?

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 27, 2018 at 3:54 am

      let me know how it works with the bechamel. Sounds yummy. You freeze the chicken patties so they hold their shape when you fry them! Always freeze them first so you will have a crispy crust.

  • mjskit
    August 8, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Normally, I'm not a fan of thick crust pizza, but this one obviously requires it. Your pictures are crazy beautiful and making me very, very hungry. Pinned!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Keep in mind…there is no crust on this pizza….just chicken! And it is so good!

  • Sharon D
    August 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Omg …this is brilliant, Abbe! I am never going back to that bready pizza base again. At least for now, I'm convinced I won't…lol

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      No reason too, Sharon! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Bacon Fatte
    August 5, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I think this would be an instant family favorite in our house… Looks wonderful, Abbe!!

  • Canning and Cooking at Home
    August 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Cannot wait to make this!! Looks so TASTY!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Diane. Let me know how it turns out.

  • justine fontinell
    August 5, 2017 at 1:38 am

    My fave Italian place has a giant chicken nugget parmigiana and its THE BEST. This looks fab!

  • Lynn Vining
    August 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I bet my family would go crazy over this! It sounds and looks amazing!

  • Julie
    August 4, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I can't wait to try this! It sounds amazing. I've always loved Chicken Parmesan and love the Pizza twist!

  • Kim (Life in the Van)
    August 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

    This is so unique and looks crazy delicious!

  • Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    August 3, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Oh heck yes! Abbe, this looks amazing. All that melty cheese and spicy honey drizzled over the top? All I can say is yes please!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    August 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Different and delicious! I love this, Abbe, and can't wait to put some in my mouth 🙂

  • [email protected]
    August 2, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I love cheese and this look delicious !!!

  • HWC Magazine
    August 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    What a fun way to celebrate the summer tomato season. The boys would certainly love this recipe.

  • Karly
    August 2, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Waaait, this looks amazing. Cheesey italian chicken AND pizza is a dream come true!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 8, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Well, not really pizza. Just chicken in pizza form.And a very good form it is!

  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    August 1, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Love every little detail about this chicken Parm pizza, the addition of honey sounds magical!!!!

  • Liz Berg
    August 1, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    And here I thought this was going to be a traditional pizza! But these patties are much more fun!!! Sorry about the demise of your oven. Ugh.

  • Tricia Buice
    August 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Goodness Abbe – I cannot wait to give this a try. So creative and brilliant! I LOVE it!!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe and I'm sure it's way better than any restaurant version. Good one 🙂

  • Angie Schneider
    August 1, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Crusty chicken as the pizza base…what a fantastic idea! And I love that spicy honey!!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    August 1, 2017 at 2:33 am

    I haven't had chicken parm in ages. And never made like this! Really creative, tasty too, I'll bet. Winner winner, chicken dinner! 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 1, 2017 at 3:04 am

      I had never made it like this either and was very happy with the results. The honey on top is awesome!

  • Chris Scheuer
    August 1, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Wow, sounds amazing! And so unique. Bravo!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 1, 2017 at 3:03 am

      It was really, really good Chris. Thanks!