Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken 

By Rena |

We love this easy, baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken breast recipe. These oven-baked chicken breasts are so juicy and tender on the inside but perfectly crispy on the outside. This recipe is delicious and perfect to serve over salads, pasta dishes, or as a main meal with a side of veggies.

close view of chicken coated in parmesan breadcrumbs with lemon wedges

Healthy and easy parmesan-crusted baked chicken is full of savory crispy flavors that are cheesy and so tasty thanks to the perfect blend of seasoning. This oven-baked chicken recipe is made within minutes for those nights when easy and quick dinners are a must!

Serve this juicy chicken with your favorite side dishes to create a wholesome meal. You can pair this yummy chicken with so many things such as Crispy Smashed Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Broccolini, and salads like Spinach Apple Pecan Salad.

This is a great way to prepare chicken for those times you are looking for some fresh inspiration in the chicken and tired of the same chicken recipes. The parmesan cheese allows this chicken to have a perfectly crusted exterior that is full of savory crunch.

Easily turn this recipe gluten-free with one simple swap!

close view of panko chicken with parmesan crust

WHY THIS GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN BREAST IS THE BEST

  • Quick and Easy: If you’re looking for a recipe that will be ready in less than 30 minutes, then this is your recipe! Easy chicken recipes are great for simple dinners at home, especially on weeknights.
  • Full of Yummy Flavors: Flavors of garlic, parmesan, Italian seasoning, onion, paprika, and parsley are combined to create a super flavorful chicken recipe.
  • Family-Friendly: This recipe will be a crowd-pleaser because it is so good! Serve this healthy dinner recipe to the family whenever you’re needing a new idea.
  • Serve with Anything: Pair this parmesan crusted chicken recipe with potatoes, salads, or soups or you can even use this chicken as a base for casseroles, pasta, etc.
four chicken cutlets with breadcrumbs and lemons

Ingredients For easy Parmesan Chicken

This is a list that features the easy ingredients that are in this parmesan-crusted chicken! For a list of the full measurements, be sure to scroll down to the recipe card.

  • Chicken– Chicken cutlets are used because they are quick to cook and get tender as they cook. You can use other pieces of chicken like chicken breats, chicken thighs, or wings, but keep in mind the chicken may take longer to cook.
  • Salt and Pepper– A simple blend of salt and pepper gives this parmesan crusted baked chicken so much flavor!
  • Eggs– A simple eggwash is used to dip the chicken in before dipping into the breadcrumbs.
  • Flour– All purpose flour is used to make sure the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken to make sure it gets crispy. For gluten-free parmesan-crusted chicken, use gluten-free flour.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs– Gluten-free panko breadcrumbs are a great option for a crispy coating! Mixed with seasoning and parmesan, this breading is simply delicious.
  • Parmesan– Freshly grated parmesan has extra savory cheesy flavors and is the key ingredient in this gluten-free chicken recipe.
  • Seasoning– You will need Italian seasoning, parika, celery, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder to make sure the breadcrumb crust is filled with a ton of flavor.
  • Oil– Olive oil is a great vegetable oil to use to cook the chicken but feel free to use any other oil such as avocado, grapeseed, canola, etc.
  • Parsley and Lemon– Optional but highly recommended, fresh parsley and lemon juice allow pan-fried and oven-baked chicken parmesan to be extra bold in flavor.
chicken, parsley, flour, salt, eggs, oil, pepper, celery salt, paprika, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, parmesan, lemon

How to Make This Parmesan-Herb Crusted Chicken

  • Season the chicken: First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large sheetpan with parchment paper. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare dipping station: In separate bowls, prepare the egg wash by beating the eggs in a shallow dish, add flour into a second plate, and then in a third plate, add the breadcrumbs and seasonings.
  • Coat the chicken: Add one chicken cutlet to a bowl of flour and coat the entire surface of the chicken. Next, dip the flour-coated chicken into the egg wash making sure to allow the excess eggs to drip off, then transfer the chicken to the breadcrumb mixture coating both sides. Repeat
  • Cook the chicken: Add one tablespoon of oil to a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add two breaded chicken cutlets to the pan and cook for two minutes per side until both sides are a golden brown color.
  • Bake: Repeat the steps of pan frying the chicken until all of the chicken has been seared. Place the chicken onto the sheetpan and bake the chicken for ten to twelve minutes until fully cooked through and no longer pink.
  • Serve: Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon juice. Enjoy!
breadcrumbs on chicken cutlets
chicken cutlets on baking sheet with breadcrumb coating

Recipe Notes, Tips, and Substitutions

  • Use any kind of Italian parmesan cheese like Pecorino Romano, Asiago, or Parmeggio Parmigiano Reggiano. Freshly grated is best but storebought is okay.
  • Serve this parmesan-crusted chicken recipe with healthy marinara sauce for the best fresh flavors.
  • Do not overcook the chicken or it will not be tender or as delicious.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four days. Reheat the chicken in the microwave, air fryer, or in the oven.
close view of parmesan baked chicken with lemon wedges and breadcrumbs

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes well with parmesan chicken?

A bunch of different things is yummy with parmesan chicken such as pasta, noodles or veggie noodles, Italian-style salads, veggie salads, potatoes, and garlic bread.

What is real Parmesan cheese?

Real Parmesan cheese is considered Parmigiano Reggiano and is a naturally hard cheese with savory robust flavors. A true staple in Italian cuisine!

How do you get panko to stick?

First, be sure to coat the entire chicken cutlets into the flour. Next, fully dip the chicken into the egg wash and make sure the excess falls off. Lay the chicken into the panko breadcrumbs to get them to stick. Flip to the other side and apply pressure.

Is it better to cook the chicken covered or uncovered?

Cooking the chicken uncovered gives it a delicious crispy exterior and crust which is what you want with this recipe.

chicken cutlets with breadcrumb parmesan coating with lemon wedges

What To Serve With Baked parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Here are some tasty options to serve with this healthy chicken recipe:

More Healthy Recipes to Try

Pan-Fried Lemon Garlic Chicken Breast

Butternut Squash Mushroom Risotto

Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breast

Lemon and Parmesan Chicken Orzo Soup

Baked Tomato Feta Pasta

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top view of crispy chicken cutlets with lemon wedges and parsley garnishes

Healthy Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

We love this easy, baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken breast recipe. These oven-baked chicken breasts are so juicy and tender on the inside but perfectly crispy on the outside. This recipe is delicious and perfect to serve over salads, pasta dishes, or as a main meal with a side of veggies.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1.25 pounds chicken cutlets
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup flour of choice
  • cups breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt or plain salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • parsley chopped; for serving
  • lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare your station by beating the eggs in a shallow plate. In a second plate, add the flour. In a third one, mix the breadcrumbs with the seasonings.
  • Add one chicken cutlet to the flour and lightly coat on both sides. Dip into the beaten eggs, allowing the excess to dripp off, then transfer into the breadcrumbs mixture. Gently press to adhere the breadcrumb mixture on both sides.
  • Repeat with all of the chicken cutlets.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Add two breaded cutlets making sure you don't overcrowd the pan. Cook for around 2 minutes per side, or just until it starts to get golden brown. Transfer to your prepared sheet pan.
  • Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Bake the cutlets into the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer pink on the inside.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Notes

  • Use any kind of Italian parmesan cheese like Pecorino Romano, Asiago, or Parmeggio Parmigiano Reggiano. Freshly grated is best but storebought is okay.
  • Serve this parmesan-crusted chicken recipe with healthy marinara sauce for the best fresh flavors.
  • Do not overcook the chicken or it will not be tender or as delicious.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four days. Reheat the chicken in the microwave, air fryer, or in the oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1128mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 2mg
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