Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Crispy Parmesan crusted chicken is a real crowd pleaser! You’ll love the sharp, tangy flavor that Parmesan cheese adds to the breading on these pan fried chicken breasts.

If you’re looking for a new way to cook chicken breasts, you definitely need to give this Parmesan Crusted Chicken a try! Shredded Parmesan cheese mixed into the seasoned bread crumb coating gives this chicken so much flavor.

How to Bread Chicken Breasts

To bread chicken breasts perfectly, you’ll want to start by pounding them out to an even thickness. This helps them cook at an even rate, so some parts don’t overcook while you wait on the rest. Pounding the breasts nice and thin also helps them cook faster – always a win on busy weeknights. You can find directions for doing this on our post about how to grill chicken breasts.

For extra juicy chicken, you can also brine the breasts before you do this. Here’s a link that will walk you through how to brine chicken. This step is optional, but it does help keep the chicken really juicy and ensures every bite of chicken is full of flavor. If you do choose to brine your chicken, keep in mind that it adds salt to the chicken so you won’t need to add more to your breading. If you do, they can end up too salty.

Once your chicken is pounded to an even thickness, coat it in flour seasoned with a little salt and pepper, then dip it into some beaten egg. This will form a “glue” that helps the breadcrumbs stick.

Next, press the chicken into a plate of seasoned bread crumbs mixed with shredded Parmesan cheese.

Pan Frying Breaded Chicken Breasts

First, heat some olive oil in a skillet. You’ll know it’s ready when a few breadcrumbs dropped into the pan immediately begin to sizzle. Cook the chicken until the breading is browned and crisp and the chicken is cooked through. If you see any smoke or if the breading browns too quickly, turn your burner down.

Depending on the size of your pan, you might only be able to cook two chicken breasts at a time. You can keep the others warm in a 250°F oven while you cook the others.

How to Serve Parmesan Crusted Chicken

These Parmesan crusted chicken breasts are delicious on their own served with green beans and mashed potatoes, or you can slice them to put on salad. You can even top them with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese for a delicious chicken Parmesan dinner.



Parmesan Crusted Chicken

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Crispy Parmesan crusted chicken is a real crowd pleaser! You’ll love the sharp, tangy flavor that Parmesan cheese adds to the breading on these pan fried chicken breasts.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil


  1. Start by pounding the chicken breasts to an even thickness. I like mine to be about 1/2-inch thick.
  2. Next, set up your breading station: Add the flour to a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Add the eggs to a second dish and beat them well. Add the breadcrumbs and cheese to a third dish and stir to combine.
  3. Working with one piece of chicken at a time, dip each piece of chicken into the flour mixture, then into the egg, and finally into the breadcrumbs. Press down gently to make sure every part of the chicken is evenly coated.
  4. Heat 1/4-inch of oil in a skillet set over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, working in batches if needed so you don’t crowd the pan.
  5. Cook the chicken until the breading is golden and crisp and the meat is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  6. Chicken can be kept warm in a 250°F oven.