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Chicken Parm Sandwich (Easy Air Fryer Recipe)

If I’m going to an Italian restaurant, I’ll be ordering chicken parmesan 99% of the time.

I mean, is there any better way to serve chicken than to bread it, lightly fry it, and cover it in cheese?

As a matter of fact, there is: you serve it on some lightly toasted Italian bread.

By using my Air Fryer Chicken Cutlet recipe, we can easily make a decadent chicken parm sandwich in no time at all.

This isn’t necessarily a low-calorie sandwich, but just look at the size of it! I have a very large appetite, and this chicken parm sandwich filled me up a ton.

While the whole sandwich contains just under 600 calories, it also has 45g of protein, which makes it a great way to hit your daily protein goals.

If you do want to bring the calories down a bit, I’ll include plenty of tips in the recipe for ya below.


How to make a juicy chicken parm sandwich

For this particular recipe, I used a leftover chicken cutlet I had in the fridge from my Air Fryer Chicken Cutlet recipe.

The chicken cutlets are a very simple recipe comprised of sliced chicken breast & bread crumbs. I use Italian-style bread crumbs that already contain garlic powder and other Italian seasonings.

Plate of air fried chicken cutlets

Unlike my Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Sandwich, we don’t need to use any flour to make the chicken cutlets– we’re keeping it simple!

I love to prep this chicken in bulk for meal prep throughout the week, so I make them ahead of time to easily reheat.

If you want to make the chicken parm fresh, simply follow this recipe exactly as-is to make the chicken breast cutlets, then come back here for the rest of the instructions.

Shredded chicken makes for a great sandwich as well (much like a Pulled Pork Sandwich). If you have a rotisserie chicken and want to make a shredded chicken parm sandwich, check out my Chicken Parm Stuffed Peppers which utilize shredded chicken.

To make these sandwiches, you’ll first need a fresh roll. A chicken sandwich is only as good as the bread you choose.

For my chicken parmesan sandwich, I used a 4oz roll that I found at a local market. You can get creative with any type of bread, roll, or bun you’d like here.

I’ve made this chicken parmesan sandwich with a brioche bun as well, and it worked out great.

It’s just like a fried chicken sandwich, but Italian-ized!

I lightly toast the bread with a little butter, but if you want to take this sandwich to the next level, use a little bit of garlic butter to make quick garlic bread as your bun.

Aside from the bun, the other ingredients you’ll need are tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

You’ll most often see chicken parm paired with marinara, but I didn’t have any marinara sauce to use. Instead, I used this meaty tomato sauce from Trader Joe’s.

Any tomato sauce works great here, and you can use any shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese to top the crispy chicken.

Simple add your cooked breaded chicken to the air fryer basket, add the sauce over the top, then the mozzarella cheese.

Air fry at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and the chicken is heated through.

The exact time will vary based on your air fryer and the size of the cutlet used, so you can adjust accordingly.

I like to top the chicken parm with some fresh basil and parmesan cheese before adding it to my lightly toasted bun.

For good measure, I also sprinkle a little extra parmesan cheese over the top of the bun, because extra cheese is always welcome.

I like to slice this sandwich in half, not to share (don’t be silly), but to be able to easily dip it into some pasta sauce or marinara sauce on the side.


Can you make a chicken parm sandwich with no air fryer?


I love using the air fryer for these sandwiches because it’s very simple and does not require waiting for the oven to heat up. But you can absolutely make these in the oven instead.

Using any breaded chicken, you can assemble the chicken parmesan on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and the chicken is heated through.

I recommend 425 degrees F for about 5 minutes or so.

You can also use the microwave in a pinch, but I much prefer the crispy chicken that the air fryer or oven accomplishes.

And if you want to make an even simpler version of chicken parmesan, check out my Chicken Parm Stuffed Peppers, which easily turns shredded chicken or grilled chicken into chicken parm in a matter of minutes.


Chicken parmesan sandwich

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (Air Fryer or Oven)

Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

How do you make chicken parm even better? You sit it on top of freshly toasted Italian bread! This chicken parmesan sandwich is what dreams are made of. It is incredibly filling, with 45g of protein for the entire sandwich.



  1. Follow the instructions for making simple air fryer chicken cutlets in my recipe here. I like to make these ahead of time to have them to reheat throughout the week, which is what I did for this sandwich! If you are making the chicken cutlets fresh, they only take 10 minutes to cook, so they'll be ready in no time.
  2. Take your breaded & cooked chicken cutlet, add it to your air fryer basket, and top with a layer of tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. Air fry at 380 degrees F for about 5 minutes, until the mozzarella cheese is melted and the chicken is heated through.
  4. Take your roll (or bread) and lightly spray the tops with cooking spray, then toast them to your liking. You can use a toaster, a stovetop pan, or even the air fryer to toast it up!
  5. Add your chicken parm to the roll, top with some parmesan cheese and parsley, and enjoy.


If you make the chicken cutlets fresh, you will only need a minute or two in the air fryer to melt the cheese right on top. My chicken cutlet was refrigerated, so it took about 5 minutes to fully heat.

If you prefer to use the oven, assemble the chicken parmesan on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the chicken is hot.

The nutrition facts for this sandwich reflect the exact ingredients I used, and it will vary based on what you choose to go with. Here are the specific ingredients for my sandwich:

  1. One chicken cutlet (about 5-6 oz)
  2. Trader Joe's Bolognese Sauce
  3. Trader Joe's Lite Mozzarella Sauce
  4. 3oz Bread Roll
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size Whole Sandwich
Amount Per Serving Calories 585Total Fat 12.5gCarbohydrates 72gProtein 45g

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