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Baked Parmesan crusted chicken recipe (oven or air-fryer)

Are you looking to take your Parmesan crusted chicken to the next level? This oven baked Parmesan crusted chicken recipe is a game-changer. With a surprising twist featuring Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce, it’s not your ordinary Parmesan crusted chicken. This recipe is a must-try if you’re ready for a delicious adventure.

Why does this Oven baked Parmesan crusted chicken recipe work?

  • This unique recipe involves Worcestershire sauce and light soy sauce, making it different from the traditional Western recipe.
  • By baking it instead of pan-frying, we substantially reduce the oil used, making it easy to prepare and healthier.

How To Prepare The Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Ingredients for Parmesan Crusted Chicken
(Gather all the ingredients as above)

Step 1- Use deboned chicken thigh Fillet or breast

  • Use a meat mallet to flatten the chicken to about 1/4 inch thick before marinating.

Chicken thigh fillet has excellent flavor and texture. It contains more fat and collagen than breast meat, so it can withstand higher cooking temperatures without drying out. Besides, chicken thigh has more flavor due to its higher fat content than breasts. If you prefer breast, please use the meat mallet to pound the chicken and tenderize it.

Use the meat mallet to pound the chicken., Parmesan Crusted Chicken
(Use the meat mallet to pound the chicken)

Step 2- Marinate the chicken

  • Marinate the chicken with the marinade as in the recipe for about two hours.

I marinate the chicken thigh fillets to let the flavor infuse the center of the fillet. In Addition, the marinade helps to moisten the fillet.

The common seasoning for Parmesan crusted chicken includes salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and paprika. I have experimented with using an Asian marinade, and it works well. The inclusion of soy sauce provides an Asian flavor; the marinade also includes Worcestershire sauce, which gives a more complex flavor.

Marinate the chicken
(Marinate the chicken )

Step 3- Coat the chicken with flour, egg and breadcrumbs

I use the standard breading procedure, which involves coating with flour, dipping in egg wash, and then coating with breadcrumbs.

  • Flour: If you use regular flour, add a small amount of baking powder to achieve the same leavening effect as self-raising flour. As a rule of thumb, add 1g of baking powder to 25g of regular flour for breading.
  • Egg wash: Eggs help to bind the crumbs to the chicken.
  • Breadcrumbs: For best results, it’s recommended to use the Japanese-style dry bread crumbs called panko. If unavailable, a local brand can be used as well. Note that commercially processed breadcrumbs have a more even size and a light, airy, and delicate texture that helps to crisp as it cooks. They also absorb less oil than homemade bread crumbs, making them healthier. While homemade breadcrumbs can be made, they lack the distinct flaky texture of commercial breadcrumbs.
  • Parmesan cheese: Mix an equal portion of Parmesan cheese into the breadcrumbs.
(Equal portion of cheese and breadcrumbs)
(Equal portion of cheese and breadcrumbs)


  • Coat the chicken in flour, shaking off any excess, before dipping it into the egg wash.
  • Ensure the eggs fully cover the chicken.
  • Combine equal parts cheese and breadcrumbs, and adjust the cheese quantity to your preference.
  • Coat the chicken in the crumbs mixture, making sure the entire surface of the chicken thigh fillet is well covered.
(Coat the chicken before air-frying or baking)

Step 4- Bake the chicken in the oven

The final step is to preheat the oven and bake the chicken until it is fully cooked.

You can either line the baking pan with parchment paper or spray a thin layer of oil onto it to prevent the chicken from sticking.

Bake the chicken at 375°F/190°C for thirty minutes or until it is fully cooked and golden brown.

Bake the chicken in the oven, Parmesan Crusted Chicken
(Bake the chicken in the oven)

🍽️What should you serve with the Parmesan Crusted Chicken?

To serve, slice the chicken into 1cm pieces and drizzle with fresh lemon juice for a burst of freshness. This Parmesan-crusted chicken can be enjoyed alone or with pasta or a salad.

💡Cooking Tips for the Oven baked Parmesan crusted chicken

Chicken thigh fillet will be fully cooked at 175°F/80°C, as compared to the chicken breast, which requires a slightly lower temperature (165°F/74°C, based on USDA recommendation for food safety). Since it has a higher fat content, it will not dry out easily and stay juicy even if cooked longer.

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Parmesan crusted chicken recipe

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A simple and delicious recipe for chicken breast with a Parmesan cheese coating, baked to perfection.


  • 500g chicken breast (deboned chicken thigh if you prefer)

Marinade (a):

For breading (b):

  • 50g regular flour
  • 1 egg
  • 35g Breadcrumbs
  • 35g powdered parmesan cheese


  1. Flatten the deboned chicken thigh to about 1/4 inch thick with a meat mallet.
  2. Marinate the chicken with the marinade (a) for 30 minutes.
  3. Set up the breading station. The ingredients are flour, egg wash breadcrumbs, and cheese mixture.
  4. Dredge the chicken in the flour and shake off the excess flour until only a thin coating of flour remains on the surface of the chicken meat.
  5. Dip the chicken meat into the egg wash and coat it evenly. Drip away the excess egg wash.
  6. Combine the breadcrumbs and cheese. Dredge the piece of chicken in the crumbs mixture, making sure the mixture completely covers the surface of the chicken.
  7. Place it in the preheated oven at 375°F/190°C for 20  minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 175°F/80°C.
  8. To serve, slice the chicken into 1cm pieces and drizzle with fresh lemon juice for a burst of freshness.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 695Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 321mgSodium: 2263mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 91g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 2/7/2024

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