Chicken parmigiana (also referred to as a parmi or parma) is a chicken dish based on the Italian Parmigiana, and is regularly served in Australian pubs. The meal consists of a breaded chicken breast, or chicken schnitzel, covered with a tomato-based neapolitan sauce and cheese. In Australia the addition of a slice of ham or bacon makes up the parmigiana. The dish is typically served with a side of chips and salad, although there is some dispute as to whether the chips should be served under or next to the chicken.
Size is considered to be a major part of the chicken parmigiana, and increased competition has led to a greater focus on the size of the meal. Some restaurants hold competitions with prizes for people who successfully finish a large chicken parmigiana, such as the "Parmageddon" which was held in an Adelaide Hills pub.
The popularity of the chicken parmigiana led to a specialised chicken parmigiana restaurant opening in Melbourne, and the chicken parmigiana is the subject of reviews on dedicated websites which compare the dish as purchased from various pubs within a region. Other meals have also taken on the chicken parmigiana theme, including pies and Subway sandwiches.
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