Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Mayo

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Your family is going to love this tender and juicy, melt in your mouth Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Mayo. Made with just 6 simple ingredients, it’s an easy and delicious way to take your ordinary baked chicken dinner to a whole new level!

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Parmesan chicken breast cut apart

Easy chicken recipes are always my favorite quick meal ideas. I know the whole family will love them, but it can be really hard to find new ways to keep them interesting. That’s not a problem with this chicken dish though.

It starts with tender, succulent chicken that’s coated with a mayonnaise mixture, then topped with grated parmesan cheese. The combination of mayo and cheese gives the chicken so much flavor and moisture. Once baked, you get a savory golden brown crust that’s absolutely amazing.

If your family loves chicken for dinner as much as mine, you’ll also want to check out this scrumptious Chicken Piccata or Grilled Chicken Kabobs. They’re both perfect for when you need a delicious dinner in a snap!

Chicken with salad and asparagus on plate

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Quick and easy dinner recipe that requires just minutes of prep work.
  • Uses simple ingredients that are pantry staples.
  • Perfect easy weeknight meal but fancy enough for dinner guests.
  • Delicious recipe that really dresses up chicken breasts.

What’s Needed to Make This Parmesan Chicken Recipe

Ingredients for Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Mayo
  • Boneless chicken breasts– we used split chicken breasts
  • Mayo– we used real mayonnaise, but you can use miracle whip or light mayonnaise if that’s what you have
  • Grated parmesan cheese-you can use your own freshly grated parmesan or the store bought kind
  • Garlic– you can use freshly minced garlic or minced garlic from a jar
  • Kosher or sea salt and black pepper– season the chicken to taste

How To Make This Parmesan Crusted Chicken Recipe

Step 1. Preheat oven to 375°, then place the chicken in the bottom of the baking dish or on a baking sheet.

Step 2. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, salt pepper and minced garlic.

Mayo, garlic, salt and pepper in bowl

Step 3. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the chicken.

Mayo spread over chicken breasts

Step 4. Add the parmesan cheese to the top of each piece of chicken.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Mayo in baking pan

Step 5. Bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked through and cheese is golden, about 30 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Baked parmesan crusted chicken in baking pan
What Should I Serve with Baked Parmesan Mayo Chicken?

This chicken dinner recipe is great because it goes with just about any side dish. It’s so good served with a side of pasta with marinara sauce, over a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes or with just a simple side salad.

You’ll also love them served with these Baked Zucchini Fries, Roasted Asparagus, or Roasted Sweet Potato Slices. You really just can’t go wrong because the flavors go with everything!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Mayo on a spatula

Tips For the Best Baked Chicken With Mayo

  • If you have really thick chicken breasts, you may want to pound them into thinner pieces with a meat mallet. They’ll cook a little quicker and more evenly.
  • This is a make ahead recipe. Just prepare the chicken with the mayo mixture and parmesan then cover with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge overnight.
  • If the parmesan cheese begins to brown too much, loosely tent the top of the baking dish with some aluminum foil.
  • Fresh chicken breasts are like a blank canvas, so to prevent them from tasting bland, you’ll want to be generous with seasonings.
Parmesan crusted chicken with veggies on white plate

How Long Do I Cook Chicken Breasts in the Oven?

How long you bake the chicken all depends on the size of the chicken. If you’re using large pieces, they’ll take longer than smaller ones. On average you can figure on approximately 25-30 minutes baking time for boneless skinless chicken breast halves.

To ensure you don’t end up with dried out or undercooked chicken you should bake chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breasts.

Are Chicken Breasts Healthy?

Yes, they’re one of the best foods when you’re looking for low fat and low carb meal options. Not only is it a super lean source of protein, it’s also a great source of niacin, selenium, and phosphorus that can be linked to numerous health benefits. If you’d like to read more about those benefits, check out this article on healthline.com.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken on plate with veggies

Mayo Parmesan Chicken Variations

  • Mayo: We used 1/2 cup mayonnaise, but you can add Greek yogurt or sour cream for a little tanginess.
  • Chicken: You could also use boneless chicken thighs, chicken cutlets or chicken tenders. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Cheeses: Try this recipe with different types of cheese or even a combination of cheeses. Asiago, Romano and Manchego are all great choices. If you want a gooey cheese topping, add mozzarella cheese to the top of the chicken about 5 minutes before you take it out of the oven.
  • Toppings: The parmesan cheese forms a crunchy golden crust when it bakes up, but you could also sprinkle with bread crumbs. Panko bread crumbs or Italian bread crumbs taste great when mixed in with the parmesan cheese.
  • Seasonings: It’s really fun to play around with any seasonings you’d like. Add a little lemon pepper, Italian seasoning or even ranch dressing to the creamy mayo mixture. If you like a little added heat, you can add a pinch cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce to the mayo.

More Easy Recipes To Try

This juicy chicken is so good, I’m sure it’ll become your new go to recipe! If you’re looking for more main dish ideas, you may want to give these a try too!

Chicken with mayo cut apart with juicy meat showing
4.98 from 45 votes

Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Mayo


Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Super easy and delicious, this 6 simple ingredient Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Mayo takes your ordinary baked chicken dinner to a whole new level!

Ingredients
 

  • 4 medium chicken breasts approximately 1 pound
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees, then place the skinless chicken breasts in the bottom of the baking dish.
    4 medium chicken breasts
  • In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, salt pepper and minced garlic.
    1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 2-3 cloves garlic
  • Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the chicken.
  • Add the parmesan cheese to the top of each piece of chicken.
    1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Cook in oven for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is golden.

Notes

  • If you have really thick chicken breasts, you may want to pound them out with a meat mallet into thinner pieces so they cook a little quicker and more evenly.
  • If the parmesan cheese begins to brown too much, loosely tent the top of the baking dish with some aluminum foil.
Find more helpful tips & tricks in the post above

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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