Crispy Baked Chicken

This baked “fried chicken” recipe has been a will-power saver for years. When you are craving something deep fried and crunchy, it’s crispy baked chicken cutlets to the rescue.

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So… You’ve only been dieting for eleven days and already you’re craving fried chicken.

You probably haven’t had fried chicken for months, maybe years, but now that it’s officially off limits, it’s all you can think about.

You lay in bed at night with a pinch in your stomach and crispy little drumsticks dancing in your head.

Happens to me All. The. Time.

I can’t remember the first time I made “healthy” fried chicken, but I’m pretty sure it was right after the first time I discovered I needed to shed a few pounds.

That must have been 20+ years ago. Jeeeeeze!

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This crispy baked chicken recipe has come in handy on many occasions. It’s an easy meal that comes together in minutes and the potential serving methods are endless.

I often serve crispy baked chicken over salads, yet even there, think of the options: Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad, Crispy Baked Chicken Taco Salad, Baked “Fried Chicken” over Southern Slaw, Baked Chicken Cutlets over Field Greens with Fresh Berries and Goat Cheese…. I could go on.

I like to prepare baked chicken cutlets instead of whole chicken breasts for two reasons:

1. They cook faster.

2. Cutlets offer automatic portion control.

One cutlet is essentially half a large chicken breast, so they satisfy a craving and keep the calories on the down-low.

Also try using this healthy fried chicken recipe in lettuce wraps!

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Crispy Baked Chicken Cutlets

A healthy "fried chicken" recipe, baked in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. chicken cutlets (usually 8 cutlets)
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tb. fresh thyme leaves, (1 tsp. dried thyme)
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 Tb. dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Move one oven rack to a low position. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line and baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil liberally with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Set out two medium bowls. In one bowl, mix the mayo, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In the other bowl, mix the panko, parmesan cheese and thyme.
  3. Place the chicken cutlets in the mayo mixture and toss to coat. Then one at a time, press each cutlet into the panko mixture on both sides to coat. Lay on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the lower part of the oven for 15 minutes. (Cooking low in the oven helps the bottoms to crisp up.)
  5. If the tops haven't browned, move the baking sheet to a higher rack and turn on the broiler on for 1 minute. Watch to make sure they don't burn. Serve warm.

 

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50 Responses to “Crispy Baked Chicken”

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    Belinda @zomppa — January 11, 2013 @ 5:12 am

    Great, now all I can think of is fried chicken!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 11, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    what a great idea! I love the idea of using chicken cutlets instead of the entire breast because it’s not as filling and it won’t dry out since it’s faster cooking time. Love the panko crust! Great healthy alternative to the greasy stuff!

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    RavieNomNoms — January 11, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    LOVE IT! Sounds very familiar to how I cook my chicken on a regular basis. I sometimes you have to do it the old fashioned way and pig out, but this is a great way to enjoy it! I always love it

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 11, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    You are like my fairy god mother! Can’t wait to try this!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 11, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Love this! I always love finding new, healthy spins on chicken so this recipe is definitely a keeper!

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    Angie — January 11, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Love the crust. I get in a frying rut, especially since I leave the deep fryer on the counter all the time. I need to bake more often!

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    Maria — January 11, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Josh makes a similar recipe and it’s his favorite! Great weeknight meal!

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    Natalie — January 11, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    This looks incredibly delicious. I like the thyme addition !

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — January 11, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Oh these look great!! My kids are chicken cutlet fiends…so I know this will go over big in my house!

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    Sandy @ RE — January 11, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Oh so yummy. My family would love this! Happy weekend, Sommer!

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — January 11, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    Just pinned this for dinner next week. I CANNOT WAIT!

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    Amanda — January 11, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Love this healthier option!!

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    Jenny Flake — January 11, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    Love this healthier version!! Yum!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 11, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    I love the panko crust, this looks so good!

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    Anne — January 11, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Oh, that looks really delicious! I can’t say I’ve seen cutlets here in my neck of the woods, but I’ll try it with halved chicken breasts!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 11, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    I make healthy “oven fried” chicken all the time! Your recipe looks super easy. It’s such a great alternative to fried!

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    marla — January 11, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Oh yes please!! Love the sound of this crispy chicken recipe :)

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    Paula - bell'alimento — January 11, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    I love making chicken this way!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — January 11, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    I bake everything instead of frying. But mostly because deep-frying is terrifying to me. :)

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — January 11, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    One of my favorite ways to serve chicken to the kids! Panko rocks.

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    Shelly — January 11, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    You saved dinner. My husband and children thank you!

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    Melissa B — January 11, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    These look great! I love chicken, thanks so much for sharing this recipe. =)

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 11, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    I grew up on fried chicken but rarely eat it because it’s not so great for you. This looks incredible!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — January 11, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    Love chicken with a nice, crunchy coating! I’ll be trying your version!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 11, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    I am trying this, for sure! Love that crunch coating, and that it’s not fried.

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    Gaby — January 11, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    Hook me up!! Love this!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 11, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Fabulous and I could totally go for some crunchy chicken!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 12, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    Diet? What’s a diet? ;-) Seriously though… this baked chicken looks so good. Something my mom totally would have made for us as a kid (being one for healthier dinners, she never did fried chicken).

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    Teresa — January 12, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    If you really want to lighten it up… sub plain yogurt for the light mayo. No taste difference and a lot less fat and calories.

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    katie — January 12, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    oh this recipe looks fab and figure friendly!

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    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — January 12, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    Simply delightful, Sommer! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs ♥

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 13, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    looks like dinner to me!! xoxox

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    Chris — January 13, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    I used to not be a fan of oven “frying” but then I tried panko crumbs like you used and they definitely make a difference!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 13, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    Yum! I love making chicken like this because it’s so versatile. You can pair it with any side or sauce!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — January 14, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    looks great can’t wait to make!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 14, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    Love this, and my kids would actually eat it too!

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    Whitney — January 14, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! My fiancé said “you can make this anytime you want. I will never argue”. We loved it!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 14, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Love how you get lots of flavor without frying!

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    Shaina — January 15, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    This looks like the perfect weeknight meal.

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    Heliana O. — January 17, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Made the Crispy Baked Chicken last night – so good, easy and budget friendly. It was definitely husband approved!

    Many thanks for posting your wonderful (yummy) recipes!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 17, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    Amazing! I’m all for not-frying things – I get too nervous when there’s a hot pot of oil on the stove!

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    Colette — January 18, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Oh, mustard & thyme. YUM

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — January 19, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Love it! I’m definitely an oven “fryer!” :)

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    Sandra — January 29, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

    Cooked it and my family loved it defiantly cooking it again

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    Amanda — May 1, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    What a fantastic recipe! You rock. :)

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