Crispy Breaded Chicken

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This Crispy Breaded Chicken Recipe comes out crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside in no time at all!

This recipe can be fried but we prefer oven-baked for a healthier option. Panko bread crumbs add extra crunch while seasoned bread crumbs give an even coating and lots of flavor.

Breaded Baked Chicken on a plate with one sliced

Best Way to Bake Breaded Chicken

  • Breaded chicken can be fried but we find baking it in the oven to be better:
    • less mess, no oil or splatter
    • healthier
    • no equipment or deep fryer required, it’s quick and easy to bake in the oven
  • Baked breaded chicken is a multi-purpose recipe that can be enjoyed in many ways (ideas below) and is easy enough to put together.

Perfect as is or for dipping into Honey Mustard Sauce or Homemade Ranch Dressing.

ingredients to make Breaded Baked Chicken

Breading for Chicken

CHICKEN: Chicken breasts or boneless thighs work well with this recipe. Choose skinless chicken that is roughly the same size so the pieces cook at the same rate.

BREADING

  • Panko bread crumbs are extra crisp and add crunch to the breading. Find Panko online or in the grocery store with the other breadcrumbs or with the Asian foods, it is a Japanese bread crumb.
  • Seasoned bread crumbs are flavorful and since the crumb is smaller, they make for an even breading. We add a few extra spices for flavor.
  • Dredging the chicken with flour (which just means rolling in flour and removing the excess) and then dipping in egg helps the crumbs stick.

Try adding a variety of spices like Cajun seasoning, or taco seasoning, or try tossing in Buffalo sauce after they’re cooked!

coating chicken to make Breaded Baked Chicken

How to Bake Breaded Chicken

  1. Prepare the egg/flour – Whisk egg in a bowl and flour with seasonings in a second bowl.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs – Combine Panko breadcrumbs & seasoned breadcrumbs together in a shallow pan.
  3. Bread the chicken – Dip chicken in flour, shake off the excess, dip in egg mixture, & then in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake – Bake chicken breasts (per recipe below).

PRO TIP: Add a flavor boost by stirring a few tablespoons of finely grated parmesan cheese into the breadcrumb mixture if desired.

Tips for Breaded Chicken

  • Be sure to pat the chicken dry so the coatings can adhere properly.
  • Press the breadcrumbs into the meat so they’re completely covered.
  • Spray generously with cooking spray or olive oil spray so the crumbs brown nicely.
  • Avoid overbaking the breaded chicken as it will continue to cook once it’s out of the oven.
  • Let the chicken pieces cool about 5 minutes before slicing.

Breaded Baked Chicken on a baking sheet

How to Serve Breaded Chicken

  • Breaded chicken is great on salads like a homemade Caesar salad or even an Asian salad.
  • Toast a couple of hamburger buns and top it with honey mustard, tomato and shredded lettuce for a great sandwich.
  • Whip up a batch of the best ever fluffy waffles and add some butter and maple syrup.
  • Why not make some Chicken Parmesan for dinner with leftovers?

cooke dBreaded Baked Chicken on a baking sheet

Storing

Keep leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat breaded chicken in a skillet on the stovetop or cut up and add to a sandwich, a salad, a soup, or a stir fry.

plate full of Breaded Baked Chicken

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Breaded Baked Chicken on a plate with one sliced
5 from 19 votes
Review Recipe

Baked Breaded Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Perfectly seasoned & breaded chicken is baked until crispy on the outside & juicy on the inside!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts 1 ½ pounds
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • cup Panko bread crumbs
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley flakes
  • cooking spray

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Pound chicken breasts to ½ inch thick.
  • Beat eggs and set aside. Mix flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
  • In another dish, combine Panko, bread crumbs, and seasonings.
  • Dip chicken in flour and shake off any excess.
  • Dip in the egg mixture and then into the bread crumbs. Gently press the crumbs to adhere.
  • Generously spray the chicken with cooking spray on each side and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-28 min or until the chicken reaches 165°F.

Recipe Notes

Cook times are for 6oz chicken breasts. If your chicken is larger or smaller, cook time will need to be adjusted. Use a meat thermometer for best results to ensure chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Be sure to pat the chicken dry so the coatings can adhere properly.
  • Shake off excess flour before dipping in the egg. If you chicken is large, you may need an extra egg.
  • Gently press the breadcrumbs into the meat so they stick well.
  • Spray generously with cooking spray or olive oil spray so the crumbs brown nicely.
  • Avoid overbaking the breaded chicken as it will continue to cook once it’s out of the oven.
  • Let the chicken pieces cool about 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 527, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 59g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 227mg, Sodium: 640mg, Potassium: 1010mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 98mg, Iron: 4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Baked Breaded Chicken, Baked Breaded Chicken recipe, best Baked Breaded Chicken, how to make Baked Breaded Chicken
Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. I made these in the past and they are amazing. Have you ever tried them in the slow cooker? Im wondering if they come out the same? 5 stars

    1. Hi Beck, we have not tried this recipe in a slow cooker but would love to hear how it turns out for you.