Crispy Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Recipe (The Best Way to Cook Chicken) by Donna John

Crispy Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Recipe (The Best Way to Cook Chicken)

This is my new favorite chicken recipe. There, I said it. This recipe – like the Arizona sunshine lemon pie recipe that blends up a whole lemon – intrigued me and frightened me a bit. I honestly did not think this Parmesan-crusted chicken recipe would work. I was prepared to cut the chicken into pieces and mix with my side dish of pesto noodles. Boy, was I wrong about this one!

Parmesan cheese is one of my weaknesses. I love it! And I love Parmesan crisps, which I make all the time. This chicken recipe is like a juicy chicken breast wrapped in a Parmesan crisp. This recipe is easy, delicious and quick.

Serve this crispy Parmesan-crusted chicken for dinner with your favorite side dishes. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 chicken breasts, pounded out to 1/2-inch thickness
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • parsley flakes (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • Be sure not to move the chicken breast at all when you first start frying it. This step is important so that the cheese can adhere to the chicken and not the pan. 
  • Flip the chicken over carefully. You won't believe my excitement when I saw that golden piece of cheese-crusted chicken flip over.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine the egg, water and garlic in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Put the shredded Parmesan cheese onto a plate.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dip it into the egg mixture, then put it into the Parmesan cheese. Coat both sides thoroughly, pressing the cheese onto the chicken.
  3. Heat the butter and olive oil in a nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Do not move the chicken at all so that the cheese sticks to the chicken and creates a crust so it doesn't stick to the pan.
  4. Carefully flip the chicken over with a spatula. Continue to cook until chicken is cooked through, about 2 to 3 more minutes. Sprinkle with parsley flakes, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 763

Total Fat: 61.3g

Saturated Fat: 13.4g

Cholesterol: 112mg

Sodium: 355mg

Total Carbohydrate: 17.5g

Dietary Fiber: 1.1g

Total Sugars: 0.5g

Protein: 41.1g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 357mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 444mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, Donna John , this looks AMAZING. I'm with you on the Parmesan cheese, it makes everything better. This recipe is ready so fast, too!
I like crisp Parmesan too and I’ll bet it makes chicken extra crispy.
Nan Chul Shin
Thanks for sharing this dish.

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