Homemade Paleo Chicken Parmesan

This paleo chicken parmesan recipe is a fantastic take on the classic Italian variation.

Paleo Chicken Parmesan

It has a lovely almond crumb topped with a rich homemade marinara sauce. It can be eaten just by itself or with a delicious paleo friendly side dish.

As you may notice this recipe is missing cheese, that is because cheese is considered not paleo friendly. So depending on how strict you’re on your own diet you can add some if you want.

Personally, I would probably add something like mozzarella or Parmesan, but it all comes down to personal preference.

You can have this dish just by itself or with a delicious side. I had this with a fresh salad of cherry tomatoes, spiral zucchini and a drizzle of olive oil. I use a spiralizer to get the cool effect of the zucchini in the photo above.

If you’re not feeling like a salad, then something like crunchy sweet potato fries always goes well with lovely chicken parmesan. However, it just comes down to what you feel like.

If you want to see how to get this recipe from the stove to the plate, then be sure to check out my video below. If you just want the text version to work through at your own pace, you can find it below.

Paleo Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Prep time
15 Minutes
Cook time
25 Minutes
Total time
40 Minutes


Chicken Pieces

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • Coconut oil or another paleo-friendly oil to fry in

Marinara Sauce

  • 2 tsp. garlic, crushed
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 400g (14 oz.) can diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • Pinch of Salt & Pepper


  1. Butterfly the chicken and cut in half. (See the video to see how it is done)
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, add the almond flour, salt & pepper.
  4. Dip the chicken into the bowl of egg and then into the bowl of almond flour.
  5. Repeat until you’re completely done then place to the side.
  6. In a small pot over low heat, fry off the garlic, the red bell pepper and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the crushed tomatoes, parsley, basil, salt, pepper and bring to a simmer.
  8. In a pan over medium heat, add the coconut oil.
  9. Once the oil has heated, add the coated chicken.
  10. Cook for 5-10 minutes on each side.
  11. Once golden brown and the chicken is cooked all the way through, remove from the pan.
  12. Place the chicken on a plate & add a good amount of the sauce over the top.
  13. Serve & Enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • If you decide you want to top this off with a bit of cheese, then be sure to place it under the grill or in a preheated for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively baking in a preheated oven (180°C/350°F) for about 10 minutes should be fine as well.
  • When cooking the chicken make sure you don’t fiddle with it too much as the coating may start to fall off.
  • A thick coating on the chicken can be achieved by simply repeating step four twice for each piece of chicken.
  • If you enjoy a sauce with a bit of spice, then I recommended adding one teaspoon of fresh red chili with or without seeds.

Nutritional Information

If you’re after the nutritional information for this delicious dish, then you can find it below.

This information doesn’t include the side salad shown in the picture. It is also only an estimate and is likely to vary slightly. However, it should give you a good idea of what to expect when you go to cook up this delicious dish.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 229g (8.08 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 137.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.3g 24%
Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 12.5g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5.3g 21%
Sugars 5.7g
Protein 27.8g 56%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

If you think the marinara sauce may be a little too much and you just want the chicken by itself either just leave the sauce or check out my crunchy paleo fried chicken recipe. It has a slightly different coating to the one in this recipe.

I am always glad to hear any feedback that may have on this paleo chicken parmesan recipe. If you do have some feedback, then please feel free to leave me a comment below. I would love to hear what you think!

One Comment

  1. KD on

    Made this for dinner tonight. With 3 teenagers they aren’t thrilled about doing paleo but it was a hit with everyone. Served with a side of sautéed zucchini and mushrooms.

    I doubled the recipe and actually had enough almond flour for 3 whole chicken breasts. I also tenderized the chicken before starting. It makes a huge difference and makes the chicken slightly thinner so it’s easier to cook without over cooking the breading. I also added about a teaspoon of sea salt and a half teaspoon of pepper. For the tomatoes I used homemade canned tomatoes well drained and diced.

    This will be a great recipe to keep. Oh, and just a little mozzarella on top is yummy too although not technically paleo. This is also a great recipe for my 17 year old who has type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.

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