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Parmesan Crusted Chicken

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Parmesan crusted chicken is easy enough to make for a busy weeknight but also special enough for company.

Parmesan crusted chicken is a great chicken dish to add to your repertoire. It’s easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner but also special enough for company, and it appeals to the whole family. Kids especially love it because it bears some resemblance to chicken fingers. There are two secrets to success: first, pounding the chicken breasts to an even 1/4-inch thickness tenderizes the meat and ensures even cooking; second, a three-step breading method ensures that the coating adheres to the meat while it cooks, resulting in a crispy crust and juicy interior every time. The fresh herbs are totally optional – use what you have on hand or none at all.

For a variation on this recipe, try my easy parmesan chicken, which uses a similar breading and pan-frying technique but is then baked topped with marinara sauce and cheese, or chicken piccata, which is served with a lemon and caper sauce. For a vegetarian option, you can follow the directions for breading and frying eggplant in my eggplant parmesan recipe.

What You’ll Need To Make Parmesan Crusted Chicken

parmesan crusted chicken ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Set up three large shallow bowls in an assembly line. Put the flour in the first bowl.

flour in bowl

Beat the eggs in the second bowl.

beaten eggsFinally, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh herbs in the third bowl.

bread crumb mixture

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

seasoning chicken with salt and pepperDredge the first chicken breast in the flour and shake off the excess until just a light coating remains.

dredging chicken in flourNext, dip the chicken in the egg mixture and turn to coat evenly, letting any excess egg drip off.

dipping chicken in eggs

Finally, dredge the chicken in the bread crumb mixture, turning a few times to coat well. Set breaded chicken on a plate and repeat until all of the chicken breasts are breaded.

dredging chicken in bread crumb mixtureHeat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until the first side is golden brown. Flip and continue cooking until done, 2 to 3 minutes longer.

cooking parmesan crusted chicken Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Video Tutorial

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Parmesan crusted chicken is easy enough to make for a busy weeknight but also special enough for company.

Servings: 4
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

For Breading

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs (I use Progresso)
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, parsley, chives or rosemary

For Chicken

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1½ pounds), pounded ¼"-thick (see note)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Set up three large shallow bowls in an assembly line. Put the flour in the first bowl; beat the eggs in the second bowl; and mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh herbs in the third bowl.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Dredge the first chicken breast in the flour and shake off the excess until just a light coating remains. Next, dip the chicken in the egg mixture and turn to coat evenly, letting any excess egg drip off. Finally, dredge the chicken in the bread crumb mixture, turning a few times to coat well. Set breaded chicken on a plate and repeat until all of the chicken breasts are breaded.
  3. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the first side is golden brown. Flip and continue cooking until done, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.
  4. Note: If chicken breasts are large (8 or more ounces), it's best to cut them in half once they are pounded out. Alternatively, you can cut them in half horizontally before pounding.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 562
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 48g
  • Sodium: 1218mg
  • Cholesterol: 223mg

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Comments

  • Jen, I have come to rely on your site on a regular basis, both for daily family meals and special occasions. This dish is a favorite in our household of 3, but I have a more general question about taking a favorite dish/menu and expanding for a larger gathering….maybe even as a part of your Pro Tips section. When you take a meal for 3-4 and expand it to maybe 6, 8, 10 people, how do you stage and plan that? What kind of dishes can be held and kept warm, but still taste great? What things really are really best prepared a la minute? I have a medium sized kitchen, with separate kitchen eating and dining room. Are there some serving dishes that would support a larger dinner menu? Thank you.

    • — PaulainVA on August 31, 2022
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    • So glad you enjoy the recipes enough to use them consistently. I will keep your request in mind as I’m developing new recipes, but if you ever have a related question about any recipe, feel free to ask!

      • — Jenn on August 31, 2022
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  • I’ve tried this recipe 3 times. Always good! Easy, quick. To spice it up a bit, I’ve added more garlic, onion powder and more ground pepper. (Perhaps a little sprinkle of cayenne too?)
    Squeeze a bit of the lemon over the chicken right after baking.
    -Scotty – Minnesota 8/16/22

    • — Scott Rosengren on August 16, 2022
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    • Sounds like you’re just some capers and chicken stock shy of Jen’s Chicken Piccata. Heheheh.

      • — D_MANN on September 21, 2022
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  • I have been looking for new (to me) ways to cook chicken. Your recipe “Parmesan Encrusted Chicken” sounded good and I had all of the ingredients on hand, so I gave
    it a whirl. Delicious! Easy to make and it earned me raves from the fam. Thank you!

    • — LM on July 31, 2022
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  • Looking forward to trying this soon! What are some good carb side options to serve with this?

    • — Heather on July 28, 2022
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  • This was incredible and my wife wants it on repeat. Two questions: 1. Is there a sauce that might pair well with this? 2. Would this recipe work with tilapia?

    Thanks!

    • — Chad on July 28, 2022
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    • So glad you both enjoyed it! This would pair nicely with marinara or piccata sauce. 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 28, 2022
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  • I made this for dinner tonight. I also made the Arugula Salad on this site. Absolutely DELISH!!!! SO SO YUMMY! So easy to make and just loved it. Followed the recipe exactly. I used the exact times mentioned in the recipe and used a Cast Iron skillet. Everything is better cooked in Cast Iron! The chicken was tender and moist. I put the Arugula Salad on top of the chicken. Placed a couple of lemon wedges on the side. A glass of my favorite Chardonnay and I was very happy after I finished my dinner. My hubby is out of town an I had THE BEST dinner. Thank you Jen!!

    • — Audrey on July 25, 2022
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  • I’ve actually been making chicken cutlets for decades using this same recipe. However, all of a sudden I can’t keep the breading from releasing from the chicken. Once I was left holding just the cooked breading when the chicken slid out. I pat the chicken dry just before dredging in flour and shake off excess before dipping in egg. Any suggestions?

    • — Steven Z on July 24, 2022
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    • Hi Steven, the two possibilities I can think of are that the oil in the pan isn’t hot enough (is there a chance you may be crowding the chicken in the pan?) or that you may be overhandling the chicken while it’s cooking.

      • — Jenn on July 25, 2022
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  • You have two breasts in the pan in the video tutorial. Am I supposed to cook this in two batches? Also, you’re awesome!

    • — Andrew on July 23, 2022
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    • Hi Andrew, If you can fit them all in the pan, you can cook them in one batch. Sometimes when you pound them out, they get huge. Hope that helps! 😊

      • — Jenn on July 23, 2022
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  • Made this for lunch today! It was amazingly easy! The chicken was moist,
    flavorful, and cut-with-a-fork tender! Dad said to be sure and buy this again!
    He was surprised to find out it wasn’t from a restaurant! That’s quite a
    compliment! Thank you, Jenn!

    • — Barbara K. on July 20, 2022
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  • Made this recipe tonight. Turned out super super delicious. I was liberal on the Parmesan cheese however, when I added it to the breading. Would highly recommend!

    • — Paula on July 12, 2022
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  • Recipe doesn’t say what temperature or how long to cook.

    • — Andrew on June 11, 2022
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    • Hi Andrew, the chicken should be cooked over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes per side (that info is in the 3rd paragraph of the instructions). Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 13, 2022
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    • Andrew, I’d highly recommend investing in a decent meat thermometer. Then look up bacteria killing temps. For example chicken, is frequently recommend to cook at 165F. That’s the temp that instantly kills bacteria. At 160F, it takes only 15 seconds of maintaining that temp to kill the bacteria. That means if you pull your chicken at 160F for example, it will continue to cook while it’s resting for a bit, it being perfectly safe and also much juicer. (At 160F it will also no longer be pink).

      • — Paula on July 12, 2022
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  • Really tasty, simple to make. Didn’t have it with the recommended rocket salad but definitely will the next time I make it.

    • — Sinead on May 23, 2022
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  • This was fantastic.
    I double breaded it but other than that followed the recipe exactly.

    • — Aaron Meyer on April 3, 2022
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  • Best recipe for wonderful crispy, moist chicken with great flavor as well! Now a family favorite!

    • — Cassie on March 22, 2022
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  • Made using thyme, rosemary and parsley for the fresh herbs. Delicious!

    • — Niki on January 3, 2022
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  • Loved it

    • — Ethan on December 24, 2021
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  • My kids and husband loved it. A keeper. Did two batches-the second added a little adobe and garlic powder in the parmesan cheese and bread crumb mixture.

    • — jenn on December 20, 2021
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  • Absolutely love all your recipes! Can I bread the chicken earlier in the day?

    • — Jill C. on December 9, 2021
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    • Glad you like the recipes! Yes, breading the chicken earlier in the day should be fine. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 9, 2021
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  • This is a great recipe. I made it for my girlfriend and she absolutely loved it!

    • — Sundance Pearson on November 4, 2021
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