Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Chicken

I’m always looking for simple chicken recipes that don’t taste like the “same old thing.” These are great, the mayonnaise holds in the moisture and gives them a nice flavor. Super simple too!


Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 to 3/4 cups bread crumbs
Spices to taste (if bread crumbs aren’t pre-seasoned)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Pound chicken lightly between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper to even out the thickness.

In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine mayonnaise, parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Add chicken breasts and seal the bag. Work the bag around in order to ensure chicken is well-coated with mayonnaise mixture. In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs with spices (see notes.) Remove chicken from bag, coat with bread crumbs, and place on baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork.


  • I’ve made this recipe with as few as two and as many as six chicken breasts. The mayonnaise mixture goes a long way, I’ve never had to make more even if I’ve increased the amount of chicken.
  • I buy thinly-sliced chicken breasts when they are on sale and use them instead of pounding thicker pieces. This recipe also works very well with chicken tenders.
  • I use fat-free mayonnaise or Miracle Whip with great results!
  • If your bread crumbs aren’t seasoned, add spices to taste. I usually use some salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and poultry seasoning. But anything you like will work: parsley, Italian seasoning, sage, thyme, or anything else you might like. Be liberal.
  • A print-friendly version of this recipe can be found here.

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One Response to Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Chicken

  1. I made this last night and posted my pic. Yours looks wonderful but mine looks so different. OOohhhhh, I get it. You used bread crumbs. OK, I’ll try that recipe tomorrow. Looks WONDERFUL!

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