Dollar Store Recipes: Chicken Parmesan

Welcome back to Dollar Store Decadence recipes, where we cook delicious food made almost entirely with gems we find at the dollar store. This time we’re making Chicken Parmesan adapted from a Tastemade recipe.  As usual, most of the ingredients came from 99 Cents Only Stores.  I am trying to cut down on dairy so there are no big hunks of mozz on this one.  You can add whatever you like to the recipe but this one is low on the dairy, but still oh so tasty!  So, let’s get started!

What you need:

1 lb Thinly Sliced Chicken Breasts (or you can buy regular and pound them to 1/3 inch thick)


Salt and Pepper


3 eggs, beaten


2 Cups Breadcrumbs


1 Tbsp Italian seasoning


10 oz Pasta (I used spaghetti)


1 Tsp minced Garlic


1 Cup diced Onion


4 cups Tomato Sauce


2 Tbsp finely chopped Parsley


1 Tbsp dried Basil (you can use fresh if you have it)


1/2 Cup and 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

olive Oil

1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese



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  1. As uzh, cook your pasta and get that out of the way.  I have lost count of the number of times I’ve forgotten and watched everything else go lukewarm as I waited for my pasta to be cooked.  Anywho…
  2. Season your chicken breasts (and pound them if using regular sized ones) with whatever seasoning you like.  I like salt and pepper and seasoning salt.
  3. Beat your eggs in a bowl and in a separate bowl add your breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and more seasoning salt to taste (optional).
  4. Dip the chicken in the eggs, then the breadcrumbs and put onto a plate.
  5. Heat your oil in a skillet and brown the chicken on both sides until they are done.
  6. In a separate pan, heat 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil and sauté the onions and garlic.  When the onions are translucent, add the tomato sauce and basil.  Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes.  If using fresh basil, add one sprig, removing it after the 10 minutes.
  7. Add pasta to a plate, spoon sauce over it, add chicken on top, spoon sauce over that.  Lastly sprinkle some parmesan and fresh parsley on top.
  8. Et voila!  C’est fini! Mangez!




Let’s talk moolah:

Chicken (from Northgate, I bought 2lbs for $6.80.  The other lb will be in the next recipe) $3.40

Eggs (from an 18 count pack at the 99) 50¢

Breadcrumbs (from the 99) 50¢

Pasta (from the 99) 50¢

Minced Garlic was from the 99 as well.  The jar has 45 servings of 1 Tsp – 2¢

Onion (4pk from the 99) 25¢

Tomato Sauce (two cans from the 99) $1.98

Parsley 10¢

Basil 10¢

Parmesan (from the 99) 25¢

Okay so all of that together adds up to $7.60 and serves 4.  That is $1.90 per person for a full meal!  Super nice!  You guys should definitely try this one and let me know what you think!





5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jenny says:

    I’m impressed that your dollar store sells eggs and produce!


    1. Hi Jenny,

      I know right? We’re pretty fortunate. They sell a lot of good things at 99 Cents Only Store. Check out our Instagram @dollarstoredecadence!

      Liked by 1 person

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