Posted on Jun 15, 2022

My dad loves fried chicken. My husband is Italian through and through. So for Father’s Day weekend, we decided to marry the two flavors in my new Hestan Culinary 5qt. Dutch Oven and 14” Chef’s Pan, making Chicken Parmesan. The recipe involves frying the chicken, making the marinara sauce and finishing it off in the oven, so I knew these multi-purpose cookware pieces would be the ideal work-horse equipment to bring a family dish from cooktop to oven to table for our Father’s Day celebration.



1-1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

large eggs, beaten with 1 tbsp. water

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken cutlets

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil

1 cup shredded or fresh pearl mozzarella


2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

cloves garlic, sliced

(28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup water

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Make the chicken by preparing breading station with three large mixing bowls: one bowl with panko, garlic powder, and Parmesan mixed with a fork; another with the egg mixture; and the third bowl with flour. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then coat each piece of chicken in flour and shake off excess. Dip chicken into egg mixture and then into bread crumb mixture; repeat steps for remaining chicken and set aside on a plate.
  2. In the Hestan 5qt. Dutch Oven over medium-high heat, add 1/4″ oil. When pan is hot but not smoking, add chicken. Cook until golden brown, 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  3. Meanwhile, start the marinara sauce in the Hestan 14” Chef’s Pan over medium heat, by heating the oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft, 4-minutes. Add in tomatoes and water, season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, and let simmer, 10-minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
  4. Wipe out cooled Hestan 5qt. Dutch Oven and pour sauce into pan placing chicken in sauce. Top with mozzarella and bake until cheese starting to melt, 10-12 minutes. If desired, broil until cheese is golden, 3-minutes.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately with side of pasta.