|A chicken parmigiana, served with french fries and salad.|
Chicken parmigiana, or chicken Parmesan (Italian Pollo alla parmigiana) (also referred to colloquially in the United States as 'chicken parm' and in Australia as a parma or parm is a popular Italian-American dish. It consists of a breaded chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella, Parmesan or provolone cheese. A slice of ham or bacon is sometimes added, but not all chefs are in agreement with the addition of pork. It has been speculated that the dish is based on a combination of the Italian melanzane alla Parmigiana, a dish using breaded eggplant slices instead of chicken, along with costelette Parmigiana (the latter generally served without sauce or cheese in Italy).
Chicken parmigiana is included as the base of a number of different meals, including sandwiches and pies, and the meal is used as the subject of eating contests at some restaurants.
In the United States and Canada, chicken parmigiana is often served as an entree, and sometimes with
|Chicken Parmesan in a pan|