Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Buttery, baked chicken with a garlic parmesan breading. A simple butter mixture bakes into the garlic parmesan chicken to keep it tender. You may also like our buttermilk chicken!

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Recipe

Several years ago, we kids created a home restaurant called “Lizzy T’s Bistro”.  We loved making dinner for our parents! This Garlic Parmesan Chicken was included in that first ever meal I cooked for them.  I served this parmesan baked chicken with spaghetti to my parents that night and it tasted great! You can also serve it like the picture shows, with potatoes and veggies, or decide yourself. It can be served countless ways.  If you absolutely love Italian, garlic, and yummy, tender chicken, this is the recipe for you!

Baked Chicken Breasts

Although you can use bone-in chicken pieces if you’d like, we like this recipe best with using chicken breasts. The chicken breasts we used were large (3 chicken breasts = 2 ⅓ pounds). If the chicken breasts you are using are also large cut them in half to get 6 pieces. Place the chicken breasts in a zippered bag. Use the side of a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken breasts to 1/2″ thickness throughout so they cook evenly.

Parmesan Breading for Chicken

This easy bread crumb coating has dry bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley salt and pepper. It’s so easy to make! We use plain bread crumbs, but you could use Italian bread crumbs if you’d like. If you choose those, you can leave out the parsley.

Garlic Butter Sauce

This 3 ingredient sauce has garlic, butter and lemon juice. We like to squeeze the juice from a lemon so it is as fresh as can be. You can use bottled lemon juice if you don’t have fresh lemons. Also, the lemon juice does not make the chicken taste lemony. It just adds a fresh flavor!

A close up of a piece of cut breaded chicken

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken

  • Dip the chicken in milk
  • Roll in the Parmesan mixture.
  • Place the chicken in the prepared pan.
  • Drizzle the garlic butter sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes, then uncover, turn the chicken over (We like to use long tongs to flip the chicken. A spatula works great too!) and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the chicken tests done.

Do you want your chicken extra golden brown? After baking, set the oven to low broil and cook for 2-3 minutes to get a beautiful golden brown color. Watch chicken closely so it doesn’t burn!

**We LOVE our Thermoworks ThermaPen to quickly test meat temperatures. This probe thermometer is AMAZING.  Get it here.**

how to make baked chicken
how to make baked chicken

Garlic Parmesan Chicken

4.75 from 4 votes
Buttery, baked chicken with a garlic parmesan breading. A simple butter mixture bakes into the garlic parmesan chicken to keep it tender.
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup butter (for melting in the pan)

For the Parmesan Breading:

  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Milk Dip:

  • 1/4 cup milk

For the Butter Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Paprika

Instructions
 

Flatten Chicken:

  • The chicken breasts we used were large (3 chicken breasts = 2 ⅓ pounds). If the chicken breasts you are using are also large cut them in half to get 6 pieces.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a zippered bag. Use the side of a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken breasts to 1/2" thickness throughout so they cook evenly.

Bread the Chicken:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place ¼ cup butter in a 9x13 pan and place it in the oven for the butter to melt while the oven heats.
  • In a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Place milk in another shallow bowl.
  • Dip chicken in milk, then roll it in the crumb mixture.
  • Place chicken in the baking dish with the melted butter. 
  • Combine the butter, garlic and lemon juice and drizzle over the chicken, then sprinkle on the paprika.
  • Cover the pan loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes. 
  • Uncover the pan, turn the chicken and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes. The baking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken, so be sure to check it to make sure it is thoroughly cooked. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Notes

he calories shown are based on the recipe making 6 pieces of chicken, with 1 serving being 1 piece of chicken.  Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Serving: 206g | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 459mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 344
Keyword comfort food, italian chicken, parmesan

tongs holding a piece of breaded chicken

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Wires Family
9 years ago

Maddie, you're the best! So proud of you and excited to see the recipes you try out!

Norma Wires
9 years ago

I can guarentee this is a great recipe! We've had it at Maddie's home and made it ourselves too. Maddie, I love the fact that you are so interested in cooking and baking! We're proud of you.

Deanna Nathan
2 years ago

5 stars
This was delicious! I did it with chicken tenderloins and they were so good! Great recipe! The mixture of the butter, garlic and lemon was perfect.

ScandoPhile
2 years ago

5 stars
Made this tonight with skinless, boneless chicken thighs and it was absolutely delicious and so easy! There were NO left-overs and that means the whole family loved it!! I will definitely make this again.

Gina Dwyer
1 year ago

This was quite good! Both my boys liked it. I had to cook it about 10 minutes longer, and turned the heat up to 400, but perhaps I didn’t have the chicken pounded out thin enough. I would make this again 🙂