This Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a simple and delicious recipe to add to your chicken repertoire! In this easy chicken recipe, thin chicken breasts are are coated in Parmesan, egg, and bread crumbs, and pan fried until crispy! Kids love it and so do the adults.
Pan fry or bake this Parmesan Crusted Chicken!
These Parmesan crusted chicken breasts are pan fried on the stove top, but can they be baked? Yes.
To bake it, place chicken on a baking pan or baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray as well. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.
How to make this Parmesan Crusted Chicken full of flavor
When I make this Parmesan Crusted Chicken I usually add salt, pepper garlic powder and dried Italian seasoning, which is a mixture of basil, thyme and oregano, to the dipping mixture.
However, when I have fresh herbs available, such as rosemary or thyme – I often use them instead or along with the Italian seasoning.
Tools needed to make pan-fried Parmesan Crusted Chicken
- Large skillet – this stainless steel skillet is oven safe, well priced and has a helper handle which comes handy when carrying it with food.
- Spatula – I love this “pancake turner” for its length and use it for flipping not only pancakes, but parmesan crusted chickens too! It’s stainless steel and has a wooden handle!
- 2 bowls: one for egg, the other for the flour mixture.
What kind of chicken works best
The chicken that works best thin, flat and even. If the chicken you bought is thick as it usually is, make sure to half each chicken breast horizontally.
You would need two thick chicken breasts to get 4 thin chicken fillets.
What’s in the Breading Mixture
- Bread Crumbs, plain or flavored. I used plain.
- All purpose flour
- Parmesan cheese (finely grated or shredded)
- Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper
What cheese to use for Parmesan Crusted Chicken
The finer your Parmesan cheese is shredded or grated, the better
I used store bought shredded Parmesan cheese that was available on the shelf that day, but the best bet is to use the fine shredded cheese or grated cheese.
You can even shred your own, especially if you happen to own one of those lemon zesters at home – you can use that to get a nice fine shredded texture from your Parmesan cheese block:
Thinner texture of the Parmesan cheese will also help it stick and stay on the chicken better.
To get started on your Parmesan Crusted Chicken, prepare two bowls.
One is for the egg, salt, pepper and seasoning, and the other – for the breading mixture. Whisk the egg slightly.
Start working between the two bowls
DREDGING THE CHICKEN: Dredge each chicken piece in egg mixture first, then place in parmesan mixture, press. Turn to coat the other side of the chicken with parmesan mixture and press again.
Repeat with remaining chicken pieces and place each coated chicken onto a plate or a cutting board.
This juicy and easy chicken recipe is ready in 10 minutes with only 15 minutes of hands-on prep time! Since it takes less than half an hour to prepare it from start to finish, it is a great option for a weeknight dinner.
Parmesan Crusted Chicken pairs up very well with pasta, cooked spinach or roasted vegetables. It’s a perfectly easy chicken recipe for a quick week night dinner. So delicious and simple!
What to serve Parmesan Crusted Chicken with?
I love having a salad with this Parmesan Crusted Chicken. You can slice it up and serve it along this healthy salad Cranberry, Spinach and Walnut Salad in Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, or this warm salad: Warm Quinoa and Brussels Sprout Salad. If using this Parmesan crusted chicken in a salad, make sure to cut it in slices.
You can also serve Parmesan Crusted Chicken with pasta: Creamy Pasta in White Wine Parmesan Sauce.
And finally you can have this chicken with cooked vegetables, such as spinach or broccoli.
Recommendations on how to reheat Parmesan Crusted Chicken
I recommend eating this chicken fresh out of the skillet, but if you have leftovers or making it ahead, heat it up in the oven or toaster oven to get the coating crispy once again. I wouldn’t suggest microwaving it – it will put too much moisture and the coating won’t be so crispy any more.
And if you enjoyed this easy chicken recipe, check out some other ways you can prepare chicken:
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Simple and delicious recipe to add to your chicken repertoire! Thin chicken breasts are are coated in Parmesan, egg, and bread crumbs, and pan fried until crispy! Kids love it and so do the adults.
PARMESAN MIXTURE: In a shallow dish mix Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and flour. Set aside.
EGG MIXTURE: Add egg, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Italian Seasoning into another dish or a bowl and whisk them until mixed. Set aside.
MAKE SURE TO USE THIN CHICKEN BREASTS: If your chicken breasts are not thin, butterfly them by cutting in half horizontally. The thinner the chicken breasts the better.
DREDGING THE CHICKEN: Dredge each chicken piece in egg mixture first, then place in parmesan mixture, press. Turn to coat the other side of the chicken with parmesan mixture and press again. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces and set them aside on a plate.
MELT butter and ADD olive oil on medium high heat in a skillet (stainless steel, cast iron skillet or non-stick).
PLACE CHICKEN in skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes one one side. DO NOT MOVE chicken otherwise the cheese will slide off surface before it adheres! Press down lightly with a spatula.
TURN WITH TONGS when the first side is golden brown and cook the other side for 3 to 4 minutes. Do not cook for more than a total of 6-8 minutes – just set the timer and flip when it beeps.
CHECK FOR DONENESS to make sure the chicken is fully cooked and not pink. If not, lower the heat and cook for a couple more minutes.
If you are looking for chicken pasta dishes – this Cajun Chicken and Sausage Penne Pasta is so unbelievably flavorful that you will want it on your table this weekend!
And how about this amazing Chicken Spinach and Bacon Alfredo Pasta? Both recipes are so easy to make and are perfect for midweek dinners!