Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesean

September 29, 2011

Typically, I don’t set out with the intention of creating gluten-free recipes since I don’t follow a gluten-free diet and neither do any of my family members. But as a food editor, I’ve seen a growing desire from our readers for more gluten-free recipes. Since I’m by no means an expert on the subject of gluten-free eating, it’s a bit intimidating to attempt creating recipes that meet the parameters of avoiding all gluten.

In the future, I hope to be able to serve up more gluten-free recipes, since I know a number of Espresso and Cream readers are looking for more recipes of the sort. So when my cousin sent me a few bags of quinoa flour, which is gluten-free, I decided to get to work on playing around with recipes that could be easily adapted from their gluten-packed counterparts.

Chicken Parmesan to the rescue! Although you won’t find me eating any chicken these days, Joey absolutely loved this dish. I served it with some veggies and pasta and it was a total hit: easy to prepare for me and super tasty and filling for him. That’s a win-win in my book.

Also, if anyone has any good gluten-free text resources (ie: books, informative cookbooks, etc.) about gluten-free recipes and what ingredients contain gluten, please throw them my way. I’m looking for some good resources to add to my collection!

Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan
*1 tablespoon canola oil 
*1 chicken breast, halved lengthwise into two thinner pieces
*2 heaping tablespoons quinoa flour (you may use all-purpose if you want but it won’t be gluten-free)
*1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
*Salt and black pepper
*1/3 cup liquid egg replacement such as Egg Beaters
*2/3 cup pasta sauce (for a list of pasta sauces and other products that are gluten-free and commercially available, I found this site helpful.)
*Additional Parmesan cheese
*1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

*Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking pan (I used an 9-inch round cake pan) with aluminum foil. Set aside.
*Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet.
*Meanwhile in a shallow dish combine the quinoa flour, Parmesan cheese, and a dash of salt and black pepper. Pour the liquid egg replacement in a second shallow bowl. Dip the chicken breast halves into the egg mixture to coat on both sides. Transfer to the flour/Parmesan mixture and cover on both sides.
*Add chicken pieces to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes per side. Just enough to brown the chicken but not cook it completely through.
*Transfer chicken to the foil-lined baking pan. Top with the pasta sauce, spreading the sauce evenly atop the chicken. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until pasta sauce is bubbly and chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and top with additional Parmesan cheese and the dried Italian seasoning.

Happy Cooking!



  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I’ve never tried quinoa flour but this looks like a delicious way to use it!

  • Reply Sarah Dillard September 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    A friend of mine wrote a great gluten free cookbook called Glee! You can see more about it on her website:

  • Reply blogginholiday September 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Yum! This looks amazing! I'm not a gluten-free gal either but have this bookmarked!

  • Reply Laura M Staugaitis September 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve made something similar myself! I’ve used corn meal though: the texture of the cornmeal is great, and the flavor goes really well with olive oil (if you’re dredging for a fried effect).
    La Tartine Gourmande is a good blog w/ a gluten free component, as is 101 Cookbooks, not just for specifically gluten free, but because the author is so into using all different sorts of grains because they are interesting, not because she “can’t” use something else– which is the attitude that I try to take with my gluten free-ness.

  • Reply LizScott September 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Hola. One of my favorite resources for gluten free living is Elana’s Pantry:

    She’s great with explaining the hows and whys of what she uses to cook, and her first priority is ALWAYS taste so I find her recipes to great even for non-gluten free eaters.

  • Reply Urban Wife September 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I really love Shauna Ahern over at and Elana @ Both are excellent resources! This chicken parm recipe looks tasty.

  • Reply Anonymous September 30, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I am just missing the posting…….. Iowa girl eats manages everday

  • Reply Jamie September 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    have you tried checking out some vegan cookbooks? i’ve noticed that they often include gluten-free recipes (or instructions on how to make certain recipes gluten-free)…The Vegan Table by colleen patrick-goudreau, for example.

  • Reply Melissa September 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Check out this cookbook, co-authored by Elizabeth Burnley. She teaches cooking classes, including a gluten-free baking class at Iowa State University!

  • Reply Myrna October 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I have this cookbook and as a Celiac I must say it is the best one I have used. Great recipes and easy to follow. Not a lot of fancy flours, just basic recipes. Great Book.

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