Easy Baked Breaded Chicken

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Perfect tender juicy chicken baked with a crispy crunchy breading in under 20 minutes with simple ingredients like panko, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, and herbs!

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Crispy Breaded Chicken

This juicy tender crispy breaded chicken is bursting with flavor and will satisfy both adults and children. It can be really hard to find recipes that you can make for your family, and no one is going to fuss but this is one of them! My son craves this breaded chicken and thankfully its super quick and easy to whip up and my kids come running when they smell it in the oven!

I prefer to bake this cheesy breaded chicken, but it can be fried in oil or made in an air fryer. My husband loves to make leftover chicken into a hearty sandwich the next day. We love to enjoy this chicken with a side of steamed or roast vegetables and pasta, yum!

breaded chicken breast on top of orzo pasta

How to Bake Breaded Chicken

To make this recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • Chicken breast halves – the white meat of skinless chicken breasts is best for this recipe since they coat well in the breadcrumbs. If you want to use boneless skinless chicken thighs you will want to shorten the cooking time.
  • Sea salt – sea salt is essential to season the chicken before it is coated and baked, use high quality sea salt whenever cooking.
  • Fresh cracked black pepper – black pepper adds a wonderful hit of spice to the chicken before it is coated in the cheesy breadcrumbs.
  • Panko breadcrumbs – panko are perfect for breading since they are a little larger than Italian breadcrumbs and don’t have a strong flavor or seasoning. You can make your own breadcrumbs by putting stale bread in the food processor if you prefer.
  • Parmesan cheese – parmesan cheese, freshly grated, is the perfect cheese for breading since it is a hard cheese and wont melt too quickly and burn before the chicken is cooked. You can substitute with asiago cheese if you prefer.
  • Italian spice blend – if you don’t have a premixed spice blend see tips and tricks below for a mix.
  • Eggs – eggs are the perfect binder, use high quality eggs for the best richest flavor.
  • Garlic – garlic has an intense flavor that when exposed to the heat adds a sweetness and richness to the chicken.
  • Paprika, Onion powder – this mixture of spices adds a wonderful smokey savory flavor to the egg that binds the crispy breadcrumb coating to the chicken.

When you gather your ingredients, we will use the following process:

Season the chicken. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. In a bowl combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and Italian spice blend. In another bowl combine the eggs, garlic, paprika, and onion powder.

Bread the chicken. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture then press it into the cheesy breadcrumb mixture to coat.

Bake. Place the chicken in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes then enjoy!

breaded chicken breast on top of orzo pasta

Tips and Tricks to Perfect Crispy Baked Chicken

Make your own Italian Seasoning Mix. To make your own Italian seasoning mix combine the following in a mason jar: 3 tbsp basil, 3 tbsp parsley flakes, 3 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp crushed dried rosemary, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Store of up to 3 months.

Make it gluten-free. If you want to make these gluten-free try substituting these panko breadcrumbs.

FAQs

Can I make these in an Air Fryer?

If you want to make these in the air fryer lay the chicken on the air fryer rack in a single layer, set your air fryer to 350 degrees, slide the tray in and set the timer for 22 minutes. Check the chicken for an internal temperature of 165 degrees before eating.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The breading will not remain crunchy after they have cooled. I prefer to reheat them on a baking sheet in the oven.

If there a substitute for parmesan cheese?

If you want a vegan substitute for parmesan cheese, try nutritional yeast. Substitute at a 1:1 ratio.

breaded chicken breast on top of orzo pasta

What to Serve with Breaded Chicken

We love serving breaded chicken with toasted baked ravioli, Broccoli Cauliflower Sausage Casserole, or Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower.

This simple dish is also a knockout with a Crunchy Lemon Parmesan Salad, or The Best French Onion Soup and a slice of Easy No Knead Bread.

To wash it all down we love Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade or a Pimms Cup Cocktail.

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Easy Baked Breaded Chicken

Quick and easy delicious breaded baked chicken goes well with salad or pasta for a dinner the whole family will love!
Course chicken breasts
Cuisine American
Keyword breaded chicken, chicken, chicken breasts, easy dinner, italian seasoning, panko, parmesan, quick chicken recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 369kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken breast halves
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese fresh grated
  • 1 tbsp Italian spice blend
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp garlic minced
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9” x 13” baking dish heavily with nonstick spray.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • In a small bowl combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and
    Italian spice blend. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, paprika, minced garlic, and onion powder.
  • Dip the chicken in the egg then in the cheesy breadcrumb mixture.
    Press the breadcrumbs to the chicken so the chicken is coated and the mixture is sticking. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  • Set the breaded chicken breasts in the baking dish leaving space in between pieces.
  • Bake 30 – 35 minutes or until the internal temperature is
    165 degrees. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 933mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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