Parmesan Crusted Chicken



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Parmesan Crusted Chicken includes a “secret” ingredient to keep the chicken juicy and is ready in 30 minutes with only 10 minutes of hands-on prep time!

I love an elevated meal that is quick and easy to make but tastes like I’ve spent hours working in the kitchen. And that’s why I love this Parmesan Crusted chicken! With a golden brown crust consisting of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs with that secret ingredient I’ll tell you about in a moment, this chicken recipe is going to be a family favorite. It is 100% kid (and adult!) approved! ❤️Ashley

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Ingredients

To make this quick and easy chicken recipe, you’ll need the following:

  • boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • mayonnaise – this is the secret ingredient! Mayo makes this chicken so juicy and delicious!
  • parmesan cheese – finely grated – I like to use a microplane grater for this task!
  • breadcrumbs- I use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs. If you have plain breadcrumbs on hand, add in a teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
  • panko breadcrumbs
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What are panko breadcrumbs?

Panko breadcrumbs originated in Japan. They are made from crustless bread that is processed into larger, coarse crumbs. Panko breadcrumbs have an airier, lighter texture than traditional breadcrumbs.

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The Secret to Juicy Chicken!

If you take a look at the ingredients list, you’ll quickly spot mayo. It does sound a little bit odd, to top the chicken with mayo, doesn’t it? The first time I ever made a chicken recipe with mayo I thought the same thing. But, it works wonders! The mayo keeps the chicken juicy, and sometimes, juicy chicken is a difficult thing to accomplish when you’re baking it. 

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With around 10 minutes of prep time, and 20 minutes in the oven, this Parmesan Crusted Chicken will be ready in 30 minutes! It is just perfect for those extra hectic evenings, right at the beginning of the school year when you’re trying to get your routine established, or for any night where you need to get dinner put together in a snap.

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What to serve with parmesan crusted chicken

Parmesan crusted chicken pairs wonderful with a variety of side dishes. Often times, I serve this with a simple side salad. Other great options include:

Storing and Reheating Instructions

  1. Cool down: allow the parmesan crusted chicken to cool to room temperature to avoid condensation which will cause the chicken to be soggy.
  2. Refrigerate: in an air-tight container
  3. Store: chicken can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.
  4. Reheat: to reheat the chicken, heat in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, or until warmed through.

I do not recommend freezing this recipe. The crispy coating will become soggy which isn’t ideal.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Be sure to cook chicken to 165 degrees F. An instant read kitchen thermometer is a great investment to have in the kitchen. Enjoy!

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Parmesan Crusted Chicken includes a "secret" ingredient to keep the chicken juicy and is ready in 30 minutes with only 10 minutes of hands-on prep time!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 medium-sized boneless skinless chicken breast halves about 4-5 ounces each
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese I use a microplane grater to get it really fine.
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp panko bread crumbs


  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small bowl combine mayo, and parmesan cheese.
  • In another small bowl toss together Italian seasoned bread crumbs with panko bread crumbs. 
  • Arrange each piece of chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the mayo mixture evenly among the chicken, just spreading it across the top of each piece.
  • Sprinkle bread crumbs on each piece of chicken.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until each piece of chicken is cooked to 165 degrees.
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Hi, I’m Ashley & I’m so happy you’re here!

Ashley is the founder of CenterCutCook and a former teacher that now spends her days in the kitchen so that she can share her favorite recipes with you!