Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken

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Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken has a crispy crunchy coating with a tender juicy chicken breast inside. Nobody will ever believe that this is baked and not fried!  Perfect to enjoy on its own or in a chicken sandwich!

    Oven Baked Parmesan Chicken has a crispy crunchy coating with a tender juicy chicken breast inside. Nobody will ever believe that this is baked and not fried! Perfect to enjoy on its own or in a chicken sandwich!

How to Make Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken


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This is one of my Mom’s recipes… and she is, without a doubt, the best cook I know!  The best thing about my Mom’s recipes is that they are always lightened up but you’d never know it to taste it!

I’m not going to lie, I love fried chicken in any shape or form!  A seasoned crispy crunchy coating with tender juicy chicken inside. As much as I love fried chicken, my waistline doesn’t so I don’t eat it very often.  That means I had to find a delicious alternative.

Not just any ol’ bland baked chicken will do though. I wanted crisp, I wanted crunch and I wanted juicy tender chicken and this crispy Oven Baked Parmesan Chicken fits the bill perfectly!

This Parmesan Chicken is so good and crispy nobody will ever believe that it's oven baked! A crispy crunchy coating with a tender juicy chicken breast inside. Perfect to enjoy on its own or in a chicken sandwich!

How to Make Chicken Breasts Juicy

When cooked properly, chicken breasts are deliciously tender and juicy. Here are a few great tips for the best ever chicken breasts.

  • The most important thing when cooking chicken breasts is to cook them to the right temperature.  Overcooked chicken breasts go from juicy to dry.  You want them to reach 165 degrees in the thickest part! Use a meat thermometer for best results.
  • If time allows, marinate them. I love chicken marinated in buttermilk, it becomes incredibly tender.
  • Pound them out to be even.  If you are waiting for the thickest part to cook through, the thinner parts can dry out.

While some recipes make chicken breasts with mayo to stick the bread crumbs on, I find the egg mixture allows the crumbs to stick better keeping the coating on the chicken.

The combination of Panko bread crumbs along with corn flake crumbs and fresh parmesan cheese makes for the perfect crispy coating.  Fresh parmesan is best but in a pinch pre-grated will do.  If you’re not familiar with Panko, they’re Japanese bread crumbs often found with the Asian items or with the other bread crumbs.  They are a much lighter crispier crumb which results in a perfect coating.

I usually use an olive oil spray to spritz on top of the chicken before baking (but any cooking spray will do).  Since I like having olive oil to spritz, I use an Olive Oil Sprayer which I fill with my own oil.  It’s perfect for this parmesan chicken, for greasing pans and even for spritzing on a salad to have a light dressing.

We love serving this with rice and veggies or even in a bun topped with lettuce, tomatoes and onions for a lightened up chicken sandwich better than any deep fried version I’ve had!

Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken

Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken has a crispy crunchy coating with a tender juicy chicken breast inside. Nobody will ever believe that this is baked and not fried!  Perfect to enjoy on its own or in a chicken sandwich!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken breast halves
  • 3 eggs , beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Pound chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thickness.
  3. Beat egg and set aside. In a separate shallow dish, combine flour, salt and pepper.
  4. In a second dish combine Panko Bread Crumbs, cornflake crumbs, parmesan, parsley and garlic powder.
  5. Dip chicken in flour first and then egg and finally in the crumb mix pressing the crumbs to adhere.
  6. Place on a pan sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray.
  7. Bake at 375 bake 30-35 min or until juices run clear

Notes:

Calories include the use of 2/3 of the crumb mixture as I always have a little bit leftover.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 433 Calories

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

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A crispy crunchy coating with a tender juicy chicken breast inside. Nobody will ever believe that this is baked and not fried! Perfect to enjoy on its own or in a chicken sandwich!
A crispy crunchy coating with a tender juicy chicken breast inside. Nobody will ever believe that this is baked and not fried! Perfect to enjoy on its own or in a chicken sandwich!

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

40 comments on “Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken”

  1. This was easy and great tasting, but I cannot find the nutritional values.

    Rating: 5
  2. I made this recipe tonight but it needed more salt and pepper – are the salt and pepper amounts correct?

    Rating: 3
  3. This was delicious!  I usually use the mayo then breadcrumb method but wanted to try this instead. The crust stayed on the chicken perfectly. It was crispy on the outside but the chicken was juicy on the inside. I’m having so much fun looking through all of your recipes. So glad I found your blog!

    Rating: 5
  4. I am going to make this tonight but I am making it as chicken Parmesan. It looks really yummy by itsself so I can only imagine how good it will be with the cheese an sauce. Thanks for sharing

    Rating: 5
  5. If I want to add marinara sauce & mozzarella cheese when should I do this?

  6. FANTASTIC! I made this tonight for my girls for dinner, and they absolutely LOVED it! The chicken had wonderful flavor and was so moist and tender. I did use the optional white wine and seasoned panko crumbs.~YUM, YUM, YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Rating: 5
  7. Made this last night and it was delish!! Very crispy. And about 10 minutes before it was done, I spooned some leftover spaghetti sauce over it and some mozzarella and baked it till the cheese was bubbly.

    Rating: 5
  8. I did this chicken for First time tonight had to cook lil longer than 35 mins, just waiting to taste it.it to as quick to make.

  9. Holly ~ All your recipes I have tried off your site have been delicious. I am not much of a cook so the simple, quick easy directions in your recipes are perfect for me. My family thanks you.

    • Thank you so much Helen! I am so glad your family is enjoying the recipes! I will keep them coming!

  10. absolutely fabulous recipe and sooo easy!!

    Rating: 5
  11. So I’m kind of confused but excited to make this! Do you cut the boneless chicken breasts in half and then pound them? Just want to make sure!

  12. Doesnt say how much panko crumbs or water. Under ingredients part there is one area that says 2 cups but thats it doesnt say what.

  13. I love your recipes.

  14. Making these tonight, serving on a bed of spaghetti squash with tomato basil marinara. I will check in on the fam’s reaction tomorrow.

  15. Another amazing recipe! I used chicken filets and made chicken fingers for the family. The crunching around the table was almost deafening.

  16. Whenever I make stuff like this it always gets soggy on the bottom. What am I doing wrong? What type of pan? Metal? Glass?

    • I’ve just used a typical cookie sheet usually covered in foil.

      If you are having problems, a few things that can help are ensuring the chicken is dry before dipping it (especially if it was purchased frozen instead of fresh) and a higher temperature for a slightly shorter cooking time. Avoid overcrowding the chicken. (and I always use Panko Breadcrumbs.. they are much crispier!) Hopefully this helps, I’d love to hear how it works out for you!

  17. You have some amazing recipes on your website!! Thank you!

  18. Made this for dinner this evening! We loved it! My boys cleaned their plates, which says a lot bc they are picky eaters…..Thank you for sharing this super yummy recipe….this will be something I will be making on a regular basis!

  19. This looks so good! It seems like it is easy to make and would not take a lot of time. Which i absolutely love. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe I am going to have to make this one day for my family!

  20. this sounds very easy to make, and does not take up that much time .. thanks for sharing :) @tisonlyme143

  21. Love Panko breadcrumbs and mixed with the corn flakes and parmesan cheese makes for a wonderful tasty dish. Thanks for sharing

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