Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

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    This parmesan crusted chicken recipe is perfect to make for any day of the week. From the kitchen to your table will only take 35 minutes. Easy and delicious, does it get any better?

    garlic parmesan chicken with chives and asparagus on a white plate

    There are some nights I find it cathartic to come home and whip up a fancy meal, but other nights I want to binge watch something on TV.

    Baked Chicken Breasts

    Garlic Parmesan Chicken is a baked breaded chicken recipe that has been used by busy moms for decades. Sometimes called Mayo Chicken, Mayonnaise Chicken or even Hellman’s Chicken because it was created by the iconic mayonnaise brand.

    ingredients for parmesan crusted chicken

    Mayonnaise, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, salt & pepper, Italian breadcrumbs, and boneless skinless chicken breast. Six ingredients, that’s all you need to make this deliciously easy and tender baked chicken recipe.

    Parmesan Breading for Chicken

    This recipe doesn’t use your typical process of breading, flour, egg and then bread crumbs. Instead it uses what I call a mayonnaise hack.

    baked mayonnaise chicken on a baking sheet

    Mayonnaise is made with eggs and oil so it accomplish two goals. The first is to hold all your yummy bread crumb seasoning in place and the second is to keep your chicken juicy and moist.

    No melting off the sides like some sauces would, it actually bakes up and holds it all!

    Hellman's mayo chicken on a white plate with asparagus

    Make Mayonnaise Chicken

    First, you’ll want to tenderize or pound out your chicken breasts for two reasons.

    The first reason is that boneless skinless chicken breasts are a fairly uneven shape with one end tapering off and being super thin with the other up to 2 inches in diameter.

    garlic parmesan chicken on a white plate with asparagus

    In order for the thickest part to cook fully the tapered end starts to get dry and rubbery. If your entire breast is the same thickness, this does not happen and you get juicy baked chicken through and through.

    PRO TIP: If you don’t want to tenderize, use a sharp knife and cut breasts in half lengthwise.

    The second reason is that is breaks down fibers that can otherwise be perceived as chewy. The breast will be quite large after flattening, so I typically cut them in half to be more manageable.

    garlic parmesan chicken on a white plate with asparagus

    Mayo Chicken Topping

    Season your chicken with salt and pepper.

    Next you’ll mix up mayonnaise, garlic and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.

    mayo chicken topping with parmesan cheese and garlic

    Spread it evenly on top of each chicken breast.

    parmesan mayo on chicken breasts

    Spoon seasoned bread crumbs on top of garlic mayo and press lightly to adhere.

    putting seasoned bread crumbs onto chicken breasts

    Bake them up and that is it!

    What to serve with chicken:

    I like to pair mine with something green like asparagus or a leafy salad.

    Rice pilaf or baked potatoes are also great options!

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    Ranch Pasta Salad is a Good Pick!

    More easy chicken recipes:

    King Ranch Chicken Casserole
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    This King Ranch Chicken Casserole is packed with incredible Tex-Mex flavors and of course loads of cheesy goodness. This simple recipe is perfect for a family dinner and can be made ahead of time.
    Ranch Grilled Chicken
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    Fire up the grill and make this delicious and juicy Ranch Grilled Chicken for dinner tonight! The best part? You only need 5 ingredients!
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    Rimmed Baking Sheet– another kitchen staple! You’ll use this for prep work, roasting and much more. I have 7 at my house.

    Meat Mallet– Also known as a meat tenderizer, I used to refer to any chicken recipe that used a tenderizer as “pounded chicken breast”. 

    Tenderizing chicken not only makes it a uniform thickness so it cooks more evenly, it also breaks down fibers making it more tender and easy to chew.

    Mixing Bowls– make sure to check out my article on Using the Right Mixing Bowl, you’d be surprised how many people aren’t!

    Parmesan crusted chicken for Pinterest

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    Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

    Garlic Parmesan Chicken is an easy weeknight meal option that kids love! Just 6 ingredients and dinner is made!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Total Time35 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: garlic parmesan chicken
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 390kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, garlic and parmesan cheese.
    • Lay each breast on a cutting board, cover with plastic wrap and tenderize until ½ inch thick using the flat side of the meat mallet. Repeat with each breast. Transfer to a baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray.
    • Season each chicken breast with fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Divide mayonnaise mixture evenly on each chicken breast, spreading out to the edges. Spoon and lightly press bread crumbs into each chicken breast.
    • Bake for 20- 25 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This can vary depending on the size of your chicken breasts.
    • Remove and garnish with minced parsley or additional parmesan cheese, if desired.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 


    Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 439mg | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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