Parmesan Chicken

I really love checking cookbooks out from the library and reading them after the kids go to bed. I adapted this recipe from the Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa, Family Style Cookbook. This dish looked really easy and delicious. It was fairly simple to make with little clean up. The chicken was crunchy on the outside while moist and tender inside. I served with red potatoes and fresh corn on the cob from my neighbor Jack’s garden. It was a wonderful meal.

  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs, mixed thoroughly
  • 2 tsp butter, divided
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • Cooking spray

Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them, with a mallet, until they are 1/4 inch thick. Cut each breast in half.

Heat 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp butter in a skillet over medium heat. Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried basil, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Taste and re-season if necessary. Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture then the bread crumbs, making sure to coat evenly, then place in the hot skillet. Cook the chicken 3-4 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Remove from heat and serve. Enjoy.

Extra sweet corn – thanks Jack!

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21 Responses to “Parmesan Chicken”

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    Cheryl — August 26, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

    That looks yummy! the corn too!


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    Marjie — August 26, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

    Now, this just might be dinner later this week! Breading in parmesan…I’d never have thought of it!


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    Sharon — August 26, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

    Wow, this breading looks amazing.

    I live right next to the library so it’s like I have an endless cookbook shelf!


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    Aggie — August 26, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

    I always look forward to visiting your blog each day, you always have the most delicious looking meals! You photographs are fantastic.

    This chicken sounds delicious, I’ve seen in before but haven’t made it yet. I think this is something my whole family (including my picky 3 year old) would enjoy!


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    Beth — August 26, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    This looks divine! Will have to try this one


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    Natasha — August 26, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

    I have just discovered your blog today, and I absolutely love it!
    All your recipes are so wonderful and usable!


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    Kevin — August 26, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

    That chicken parmesan looks good; Nice and golden brown.


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    Adam — August 27, 2008 @ 2:26 am

    Your chicken looks delicious :) I do the same thing with my cookbooks, but I don’t have to wait for the kids to go to bed. I’d kinda have to have kids first :)


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    mikky — August 27, 2008 @ 2:31 am

    i love your blog… gives me lots of cooking ideas… thanks for sharing… :)


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    Girl Japan — August 27, 2008 @ 3:10 am

    Hi and thank you so much for saying hello!! I am going to try and attempt to stove top- but my passion is baking. I wonder if I can use thighs?

    It looks delicious!


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    Jan — August 27, 2008 @ 3:17 am

    I was reading a recipe for Parmesan Chicken on the side of my mayo jar, and thought the addition of mayo would be too rich. This sounds a much better alternative. Thanks, Pam.


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    Grace — August 27, 2008 @ 7:33 am

    awesome dish–i don’t think there’s any better way to make chicken more appealing than to coat it in cheese. :)


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    hot garlic — August 27, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

    I love Ina’s food, this looks delicious and does sound very simple. Your photo makes it look so good!


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    Prudy — August 27, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

    That would be a huge hit around here. In fact, we’ve made it already and the whole family loved it. I love Ina’s recipes.


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    Jenny — August 27, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

    This parmesan chicken has my mouth watering! It looks great and so does the corn!


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    Cindy B — August 27, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

    That looks so yummy! I will have to try that one. My kids like Parmesan chicken.


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    Pam — August 27, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

    Checking cookbooks out of the library doesn’t work for me. I always end up loving them and then going and buying them.


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    Mochachocolata Rita — August 28, 2008 @ 8:40 am

    i always wanted to try this :)

    i dont have many cookbooks and i dont have the space….normally i just look for recipes online :)


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    HoneyB — August 30, 2008 @ 8:17 am

    You have a great looking blog! That chicken looks delicious. BTW, I have the same dinner plates!


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    Sheila — October 1, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

    I made this last night and I’m not much of a cook myself. It was really, really easy and good. I didn’t have a mallet, so I tried pounding on the chicken using a potato masher. Didn’t quite work so I had to pop the chicken in the over for about 15 minutes so it would cook through. I can’t wait to make this again – I bought a mallet today. :) Thank you for this blog, it really inspires me to


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    PEGGY — December 9, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    This is one of my favorite recipes from your blog! Not only is it simple BUT very delicious! Thanks Pam!


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