Easy Chicken Parmesan Patties

While I’m undergoing a blog redesign, I decided to look through some of my older What I Ate Wednesday posts. I kind of wanted to see how my eating has evolved through blogging and whether or not my tastes have changed much. While I noticed some substantial differences, there was also some consistency.

One of those was one of my ‘go to’ recipes- My Chicken Parmesan Patties!


My definition of a ‘Go To’ recipe is one which can be whipped up in under 10 minutes, taste good and leave me feeling satisfied after. This recipe came into play by accident.

I bought a can of what I thought was tuna, which turned out to be canned shredded chicken (let the Jessica Simpson jokes begin). I love sardines and love pretty much all tinned seafood, but chicken? Really?

After returning home from university one night, I was craving my curried tuna patties and reached for the can….of chicken. CHICKEN. This clearly wasn’t tuna and that is what I had set my heart on. Not one to ever waste food, I decided to adapt my curried tuna patties recipe and switch a few of the herbs, spices and added some cheese and voila- what was a skeptical grocery item soon became my weekly staple.

These patties are so easy to make, and the chicken, once recooked, makes you forget it was earlier on, in a can. These patties are loaded with shredded vegetables which add texture and a nutritional punch. The shredded parmesan cheese adds a golden, melted crust on the outside and a salty bite on the inside. The combination of spices are the final touch to make such a simple meal seem that much more.

Still skeeved by the canned chicken? No stress. Use shredded chicken breast! 

Easy Chicken Parmesan Patties

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Easy Chicken Parmesan Patties

Chicken from a can gets a bad wrap- but this can be converted into a paleo, delicious and grain and gluten free dish!
4.5 from 4 votes
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Servings: 1
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • • 1 can of chicken in spring water or 200 grams of cooked shredded chicken breast
  • • 1/2 zucchini finely grated with liquid squeezed out
  • • 1/2 cup baby spinach finely chopped
  • • 1/8-1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • • 1 large egg
  • • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • • 1/2 tsp mixed herbs
  • • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, add the shredded chicken breast, grated zucchini and baby spinach. Mix until well combined. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, mixed herbs, red pepper flakes and shredded parmesan cheese and mix until fully incorporated.
  • 2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg until frothy. Add the egg to the chicken mixture and mix in the batter.
  • 3. Coat a frying pan with oil and heat on medium until hot. Form the batter into five to six palm sized patties and 2 patties at a time, cook in the frying pan.
  • 4. Fry each patty for approximately 2-3 minutes, flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden on the exterior.
  • 5. Serve with sriracha, hot sauce and a side of potatoes.


These patties are fantastic hot or cold- and can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to two months
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Have you ever tried chicken from a can?

What is your ‘go to’ savoury recipe?

Have your eating habits changed much since you first started blogging? 

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77 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Parmesan Patties

  1. Haha I haven’t spotted canned chicken before but I’ll try anything once! I have a serious problem in getting any kind of ‘patty’ I form to stick together. Seriously – even burgers turn to just ground beef scramble in my pan. So canned chicken scramble it is! (This might need a rebrand…)

  2. Wow, chicken in a can, yep definitely never seen that one! Although you can get a full English cooked breakfast in a tin here in the UK, urgh it’s nasty! Would take chicken in a tin any day!
    Recipe looks good! Will definitely try it out. Would be a good cook up item to grab and go for during the week – veggie and protein winner, perfect for a snack! Have you tried it topped with almond butter???

  3. My chicken. In a can. Really?? Ok. So since I eat tuna in a can, chicken can’t be that bad either – and the combo of these patties sound so good, I mean cheeeeeeese!! These would make a perfect appearance in my ugly tupperwares – they would definitely make them look good.
    My strongest consistency in my staples are eggs. And chicken. This is getting out of hand. 🙂
    Happy Weekend Dearest!!

  4. Not gonna lie, chicken in a can kind of skeeves me out. But made with shredded chicken, these look awesome! You can never go wrong with chicken and parmesan.

    I started blogging 4 years ago, so my eating has changed a LOT since then! More snacking, more butter, a lot more dessert, more eating out, and more almond butter. All good changes, I’d say!

  5. Chicken in a can eh? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that. Or maybe I have and I’ve just never paid attention. ANYWAY, these look super easy, which I love. My go-to ummmm eggs, recently it’s been overnight oats for breakfast and sometimes dinner too heh or pasta.

  6. I remember I used to use chicken in a can for chicken salad once in a while…it’s definitely been a few years though. And since my first days of blogging, there have definitely been differences in my eating – more snacks, more sugar/desserts, more but butters, more food in general. All good changes 😉

  7. These actually look pretty tasty. I keep some canned chicken on hand- it’s handy for quick chicken salad, but that’s all I’ve ever used it for. You had me at step 5 with these- sriracha and a side of potatoes. Sold!

  8. Bahahahaha. Chicken of the sea? Love that J Simpson reference! In any case, they sound really freaking good! I used to buy canned chicken pretty frequently, but now I started cooking it in the crockpot to shred!

  9. Love these Arman! They look so tasty! I actually just started using shredded chicken from a can. I was opposed to it for so long because I thought it’d be gross, but then my co-worker informed me she found this brand at a local wholesaler and it wasn’t gross at all. So, I bought it and now I’m hooked!

  10. OK, I have to admit that I buy chicken in a can too! It sounds SO gross and I was scared to try it, but it’s good! Smells a little funky, but other than that – such a cheap and convenient option! You know I’ll be making these soon!

  11. Go to recipe? Stir fry. Always stir fry. I would have said oatmeal or cereal, buuuuuuut you just had to toss in the savoury bit, didn’t you? 😛

    Not gonna lie… chicken in a can kind of skeeves me out. But then again, so does tuna. These do sound fabulous, though. Parmesan makes anything win.

    And I’m pretty sure I was a veggie when I first started blogging, so yeah… I’d say my eating habits have definitely changed over time.

  12. Haha why is everybody freaking out about chicken in a can? I don’t buy it myself, but you can find it at everrrrrry grocery store. We can’t all shop exclusively at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and places where the mark up is 100%!

    That being said, these look great! I can totally see how you’d mistake canned chicken for canned tuna. My problem with canned meats (and most canned things) is the sodium, but otherwise I find that you’re right – if you cook them, they don’t really taste that much different. Plus it is a pain to shred chicken breasts. One thing that comes to mind for those who are lazy (don’t want to take the time to cook/shred chicken breasts)/snobby (which I say with love, meaning those who don’t want to try canned chicken) is to try this with ground chicken. I bet it would work!

    1. Yes…the sodium tends to be quite high in most canned goods (Even ones in ‘springwater’) but I made sure not to add salt to these- also the parmesan cheese is a salty touch 😉

      I’ve made it with ground chicken before- If you do it with that, add an extra 2 T or so of parmesan- it tends to get lost in the denser meat!

  13. To be honest, chicken from a can kinda reminds me of a horror movie or something. Like, Edgar Allen Poe stuff. I’ve never tried it though, so I can’t really say much about it. Nevertheless, you have totally won me over with these patties of savory delight!
    My go-to recipe: omelet with veggies and cheese, topped with ketchup + avocado toast on the side. That’s not a recipe is it?……… 😐
    I’m going to be a co-emcee at my school’s talent show tonight and I’ll be saying lots of corny jokes, which will result in either nervous laughs or boos. Or both. (Corny jokes are the tradition for this show, so people are expecting them.)

  14. I’ve never had chicken from a can…I don’t think I can do it lol

    Your dish looks great. Love parm. Yum yum.

    Relaxing and slowing down for the next week 🙂

  15. Dinner in 10 minutes?! I’m in – pretty sure my boys will love these!
    Truthfully, my diet/eating habits haven’t really changed since I started blogging.

  16. Can I just say these are perfect and call it a day? 😉
    I’ve never had chicken from a can.. It seems a bit risky…
    My eating has changing, because I am eating all.the.food. 😀

  17. Love this! Love all the veggies…love the cheese…and hell, I’ll even love the chicken in a can, but only because you got creative with it! 😉 I can’t help but think though…what would have been wrong with using the chicken with the curry spices?? Haha!

    1. I tried it with the curry spices but because the canned chicken is always salted (Even when it says springwater) it just made the whole thing overly salty, and also the moisture…okay that sounds really appetising :p

      Saying that, I tried these with canned tuna and nup..chicken takes the bait. Baha. Tina fey, get back in your box.

  18. Hey, chicken in a can is good all you naysayers! I have massive allergies, so I keep use it for emergency food when traveling (can’t eat at most restaurants). It’s good for chicken salad lunches at home too… and available at all grocery stores, Sams and Costco

  19. Hey! Could I use a different cheese? Could I swap out Parmesan and use low moisture mozzarella? This recipe looks amazing!

  20. Made this tonight. Came out very good. Bought the cans thinking it’s chicken of sea and realized too late it’s chicken:) thanks cz now I have a go to recipe for my canned chicken!

  21. Ok, so my husband bought about 6 cans of chicken. I took one look and thought “what in the hell am I supposed to do with this?”
    Found your recipe but I kind of put my own spin on it. Letting you know up front that I didn’t measure anything, I just kind of threw it together and it tasted fantastic!

    Canned chicken
    Fresh cilantro
    Chopped onion
    Black pepper

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