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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Crispy Baked Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
A healthy "fried chicken" recipe, baked in the oven.
Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds chicken cutlets usually 8 cutlets
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake in the lower part of the oven for 15 minutes. (Cooking low in the oven helps the bottoms to crisp up.)
  • 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.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 455mg, Potassium: 456mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 155IU, Vitamin C: 2.7mg, Calcium: 141mg, Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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56 comments on “Crispy Baked Chicken”

  1. This turned out so delicious!! The flavor from the brine and the crispy skin was perfect together!

  2. Yummy

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  4. beautiful recipe…there’s a paleo, gluten free breading at urban pl8 that’d work great with this dish is you don’t do panko

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  10. What a fantastic recipe! You rock. :)

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  12. Cooked it and my family loved it defiantly cooking it again

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

  14. Oh, mustard & thyme. YUM

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

  16. 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!

  17. This looks like the perfect weeknight meal.

  18. Love how you get lots of flavor without frying!

  19. 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!

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

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

  22. 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!

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

    Hugs ♥

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  25. oh this recipe looks fab and figure friendly!

  26. 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.

  27. 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).

  28. Fabulous and I could totally go for some crunchy chicken!

  29. Hook me up!! Love this!

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

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

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

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

  34. You saved dinner. My husband and children thank you!

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

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

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

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

  39. 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!

  40. I love the panko crust, this looks so good!

  41. Love this healthier version!! Yum!

  42. Love this healthier option!!

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

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

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

  46. This looks incredibly delicious. I like the thyme addition !

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

  48. 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!

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

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

  51. 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

  52. 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!

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