Crispy Parmesan and Herb Crusted Chicken


Crispy Parmesan and Herb Crusted Chicken

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a chicken dish that takes the classic favorite to new heights of flavor and texture. In this recipe, we’re elevating ordinary chicken breasts with a crispy Parmesan and herb crust that adds a delightful crunch and savory depth to every bite. Unexpected ingredients and techniques come together to create a dish that’s both comforting and exciting. Whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or hosting a special gathering, this recipe is sure to impress.

Cooking Time: Approximately 35 minutes 

Difficulty Level: Moderate


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably Panko)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • Olive oil (for frying)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs and set aside.
  3. In another shallow bowl, combine breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, dried oregano, dried thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.


  1. Flatten each chicken breast to an even thickness using a meat mallet or the bottom of a heavy pan. This helps the chicken cook evenly.
  2. Dip each chicken breast into the beaten eggs, ensuring it is fully coated.
  3. Dredge the chicken breasts in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere the coating to both sides.
  4. Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).
  7. Remove the skillet from the oven and let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.

Creative Serving Ideas:

  • Serve the crispy Parmesan and herb-crusted chicken with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables for a complete meal.
  • Slice the cooked chicken and use it to top a fresh garden salad for a light and satisfying lunch option.
  • Pair the chicken with a tangy marinara sauce or a creamy garlic sauce for added flavor.


  • For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers.
  • Substitute grated Romano or Asiago cheese for the Parmesan for a different flavor profile.
  • Add a kick of heat by incorporating some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes into the breadcrumb mixture.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts? Yes, you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer. Adjust the cooking time accordingly as thighs may require slightly longer to cook through.
  2. How do I know when the chicken is fully cooked? Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C). Alternatively, cut into the thickest part of the chicken to check for any pinkness or translucent areas.
  3. Can I make this recipe ahead of time? While the chicken is best enjoyed fresh and crispy, you can prepare the breadcrumb mixture and flatten the chicken breasts in advance to save time. Cook the chicken just before serving for the best results.