Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Cutlets

By Rena Awada | Updated On March 5, 2022

These Crispy Baked Chicken Cutlets are oven-baked and will be your new favorite way to eat chicken. They are so crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Easy to make and perfectly baked crispy chicken that the whole family can enjoy!

overhead view of baked chicken cutlets on a sheet pan

These crispy OVEN baked chicken cutlets are so tender and juicy on the inside and super crispy and crunchy at the same time. Made with a delicious garlic parmesan coating and tastes just like fried chicken.

An easy weeknight meal that’s ready in just about 30 minutes and a healthier alternative to the classic fried crispy chicken without missing out on flavor. Serve this easy chicken recipe with roasted veggies or potatoes, over salad, or pasta.

Why this Crispy Baked Chicken cutlet recipe is the best

  • So good: this baked chicken recipe is so crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. If you are a fan of the fried chicken cutlets that most Italian restaurants serve, you will be pleasantly surprised with this healthier (and tastier!) homemade version!
  • Kid-friendly: just like adults, the kids will love these crispy chicken cutlets! The ingredients are simple, and you can even serve this crispy chicken with your kiddos favorite pasta to make it even more delicious.
  • Simple and easy: it’s really easy to prep these chicken cutlets and pop in the oven. No frying needed which means no oil popping all over the stove. And because the ingredients are so simple, you might already have all if not most of them on hand already! It’s a win win!

Ingredients for Baked Breaded Chicken cutlets

  • Chicken Breasts: You will need about 4 chicken breasts for this easy chicken cutlet recipe. I always opt for boneless and skinless because it’s just so much easier!
  • Italian Seasoning: Such a versatile seasoning, this is one that most people already have in their spice cabinet. It yields an aromatic and simple flavor that really helps to make this chicken amazing.
  • Olive Oil: A great vegetable oil that can be used at high temperatures, high quality olive oil has natural aromatic flavors that are robust and so delicious.
  • Egg: The egg in this crispy baked chicken recipe helps to hold all of that delicious breading on the chicken cutlets. A quick dip in the egg mixture ensures that you get the maximum breading without being too thick.
  • Milk: When whisked together with the egg, the milk helps to perfectly coat the raw chicken cutlets so that the perfect ratio of breadcrumbs to chicken sticks on.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: The combination of panko, fresh Parmesan cheese and garlic powder makes the ultimate breading for your chicken! It’s light but still packed with flavor for the perfect combination.
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grating your cheese is always the way to go! Pre-shredded cheese has a harder time melting, and once you grate your own, you’ll never go back! The taste is so much better.
  • Garlic Powder: The breading is what really sets this oven fried chicken recipe apart, and that’s where the garlic powder comes in. It gets added to the breading mixture to give a rounded out and perfectly seasoned outer coating to the chicken.
  • Smoked Paprika: Pungent dried paprika is used to season the chicken with classic aromatic flavors. If you do not have smoked paprika, then regular paprika will work.
  • Sea Salt and Pepper: The seasonings for this crispy chicken cutlet recipe are really so simple, but that’s what makes them so delicious! You can use salt and pepper to taste, but I personally like to use sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Cooking Spray: I like to use avocado cooking oil spray to keep things light and healthy. However, any neutral oil spray will work here, such as an olive oil spray.
  • Fresh Chopped Parsley: To add a little bit of color and freshness to our baked chicken, I like to sprinkle some fresh parsley at the end! Of course, if you don’t have any on hand you can omit it with no problem.
crispy oven fried chicken cutlets with a slice of lemon

HOW TO MAKE CRISPY BAKED CHICKEN CUTLETS

Follow these simple steps on how to make simple baked crispy chicken breasts. They are easy to make and can be ready in no time. If you can marinate the chicken ahead of time then great, if in a hurry and don’t have much time on your hands don’t fret.

  • Prepare the chicken: To prepare the cutlets, pound each chicken breast to an even 1/4 inch thickness. Next, rub the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and olive oil. We want the chicken to really absorb the flavors of the seasonings.
  • Marinate: If time allows, marinate it for one hour to overnight. This will give you the most tender and moist chicken! The longer you allow the chicken to marinate, the better it will taste!
raw chicken cutlet collage
  • Preheat Oven:  Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. This will help the baked chicken from sticking to the pan.
  • Coat chicken: In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, a pinch of salt and pepper. In a shallow dish, combine the panko, garlic powder, with parmesan and smoked paprika. Dip the chicken cutlets into the egg mixture, then dredge it into the panko mixture, lightly pressing to coat. Place the chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking oil spray
Crispy chicken cutlet being breaded collage
  • Bake, garnish and serve: Finally, bake the chicken cutlets in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then flip them and bake for 5-8 minutes more, or until golden and cooked through. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, and serve immediately with your favorite healthy side dishes!
roasted chicken breast cutlets on a sheet pan

frequently asked questions

How long to bake thin chicken breast?

An easy way to know for sure chicken is done is to cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F when you check with a digital food thermometer. But to give you an idea of how long it takes when you bake at 350-400F. At 400F thinly sliced boneless chicken breasts should take no longer than 15-20 minutes.  At 350F it may need 25-30 minutes depending on how thin the chicken is sliced.

How to keep chicken crispy?

If you are trying to keep your chicken warm and crispy just for a few hours until ready to serve, simply place then on a cooling rack without parchment paper and keep it in the bottom of the warm oven.  This works for these oven-baked chicken cutlets since they aren’t fried. For actually fried chicken, drain as much oil as you can from the chicken before you place it on the rack to cool off or keep warm in the oven.

How to store crispy baked chicken?

Allow crispy chicken to cool off completely on a cooling rack before placing it in an airtight container and storing it in the fridge for 3-5 days. If the chicken is fried and oil, try to drain as much oil from it as you can before cooling it off and storing it in the fridge.

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What to serve with crispy oven-baked chicken

Crispy chicken can be served alongside some roasted veggies to keep it as healthy as possible. They will taste great with some roasted potatoes, over some salad, or over creamy or tomato-based pasta.

Here are a few side options for these easy crispy baked chicken:

Baked Garlic Butter Hasselback Potatoes

Garlic Charred Brussel Sprouts

Healthy Broccoli Casserole

Roasted Whole Cauliflower

Parmesan Zucchini Corn Salad

sliced oven baked crispy chicken breast

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crispy baked chicken cutlet recipe

Crispy Baked Chicken Cutlets

Thinly sliced chicken cutlets, baked to perfection with a garlic parmesan panko coating.
4.39 from 101 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs Chicken Breasts (about 4) skinless, boneless
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • ¾ Cup Panko or italian style panko
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Avocado cooking oil spray
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley

Instructions

  • To prepare the cutlets, pound each chicken breast to an even 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Next, rub the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and olive oil. If time allows, marinate it for 1h to overnight. This will give you the most tender and moist chicken.
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow dish, combine the garlic powder, panko with parmesan and smoked paprika. Dip the chicken cutlets into the egg mixture, then dredge it into the panko mixture, lightly pressing to coat
  • Place the chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking oil spray. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then flip the chicken cutlets and bake for 5-8
    minutes more, or until golden and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, and serve immediately.

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Notes

  • Depending on how thin you slice each chicken breast will determine how many strips per serving. 
  • Each serving will be one full chicken breast. Which should be sliced to 2-3 pieces.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2mg
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Comments

  1. Camille says

    5 stars
    DAYUM. I mean for real. I used Progresso Italian breadcrumbs and pounded the chicken breasts to a little thicker than 1/4 inch so I baked them for 15 mins on one side and 8 on the other. I didn’t miss the fried-ness at all. I did still find the chicken a tiny bit dry – so maybe I overcooked it despite their thickness, or I wonder if brining would help (but I’m not sure if that would ruin the healthy nature of this meal). I ate one for dinner with the Trader Joe’s avocado tzatziki sauce + Jalapeño sauce for dinner!

  2. Deborah says

    5 stars
    I was looking for a different way to make Chicken Cutlets with out frying them, so I noticed this email came up on my IPad so I looked at the recipe and read the ingredients, I’m usually picking on certain things to eat and this recipe had everything I liked, so then I decided to give it a try. The only thing was I didn’t see I should’ve marinated the Chicken Breast for 1 hour to over night, and only had 1 hour to marinate the Chicken before I cooked it.
    It was absolutely delicious and had a lot of wonderful flavor. Even my husband who usually doesn’t like Chicken Breast, said it was delicious.

  3. Maxine J Scheer says

    5 stars
    Winner! Chicken came out moist, crispy and flavorful. I baked using the convection oven. I also made the seasonings for marinading the chicken into a blend, like a pesto, and spread it on the pounded chicken breasts. I let the marinating breasts sit in a pan on the counter. I have read, and found out, that cooking chicken when it’s cold produces dry chicken. So, the combo produced very nice results. The smoked paprika added so much flavor. Thanks. Rave reviews from my 11th grader!

  4. Sandra says

    What do you usually serve this with? Excited to try it but would love some ideas from anyone who has made it what they served it with. Sauce? Don’t want to do Parmigan.

  5. Elizabeth S. says

    Hi I wanted to know can you cook this in the Air fryer and if so how high and how long do I leave it for. Thank you.

  6. Jul says

    5 stars
    This is the best recipe I’ve ever made of baked cutlets. Never going to Fry again. So moist and tasty. Cook exactly as directed and you won’t go wrong!
    Was going to use as chicken parmigiana, but now wondering why I’d want to cover up this flavor!

      • Anonymous says

        I want to make this, but I’m confused. The bread crumbs in your photo do not look like panko, but Italian style bread crumbs. Also your recipe doesn’t call for mixing any herbs into the bread crumbs, but they are there in the photo?

        • Rena says

          Hi there. I fixed the ingredient to say you can use Italian Style Bread crumbs which is what I used. Either one would work.

  7. Charles Reddick says

    5 stars
    My grandpa died from covid a couple months ago. After he died I stopped wanting to do anything for myself, let alone cook. Cooking this recipe was the first time I’d cooked since he passed. I’m really grateful to have had this experience. It was delicious and comforting.

    Blessings.

  8. Marta says

    5 stars
    Hi,
    I made it tonight and it was amazing. Sooo yummy
    I want to make it in big batch and freeze it. Is that possible? Can I prepare it with the spices, eggs and the breadcrumbs and before cooking it put it in the freezer and just defrost it and put it in the oven?

  9. Tiana says

    5 stars
    This recipe is sooooo good. I was looking for a new meal prep for this week and I wanted chicken cutlet, but I didn’t want to eat something fried. I loved this recipe soooo much!!!!!! I added more seasoning and parmesan cheese than instructed and let me tell you, yum!

  10. Elizabeth Badolato says

    Can I bread the chicken in the morning, store in fridge for the day and then cook in evening? Would the chicken still come out crispy? Or is it best to bread chicken right before baking?

    • Al says

      This sounds excellent!!! Friends in for dinner Saturday….going to try…will let you know how it is received.

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