Parmesan Mayonnaise Baked Skinless Chicken Breast

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Parmesan Mayonnaise Baked Skinless Chicken Breast from 101 Cooking For Two The new leader for recipe of the year. This chicken has everything. It’s extremely moist, great taste, a little crunchiness and it is SIMPLE. My wife has changed the Christmas menu from my 5-star Chicken Parmesan to this recipe.

Start with some mayo. You could use lower fat if you wish here. Some recipes use zero fat Greek yogurt as the base instead. Add some Parmesan and seasoning. Coat some well-trimmed skinless boneless chicken breasts and  then sprinkle all sides with some Italian bread crumbs. Bake and you’re in chicken heaven.

The “inspired by” today goes to Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breast at Food.com. I added the bread crumbs and adjusted the technique a little.

Rating

The wife started chanting 5 and then changed Christmas dinner to this. I think she liked it. (So did I)

Notes: Not much to say other than this is a great tasting chicken.The is an easy recipe to adjust. Cut in half for 2 or double for a full family. Cut the fat with low-fat mayo or use a non fat Greek yogurt.

Preheat oven to 375 convection or 400 regular. Trim, rinse and pat dry 3-4 skinless boneless chicken breasts.

Mix in a medium bowl 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (fresh shredded preferred) , 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt (I used Lawry’s), 1 t garlic powder and 1/2 t pepper.

Prepare a cooking sheet with aluminum foil (to help clean up) and a rack. The rack will help crispness all around. You can do without the rack but the bottom will not be crispy. Give the rack a good spray of PAM.

Dip the chicken breasts in the mayonnaise Parmesan mixture. Be sure to get all surface coated. Finger use allowed but be sure to wash well after.

Lightly sprinkle with some Italian bread crumbs on both sides. I used about 1/3 cup on three large breast. You are not coating them. Just adding some crispy and flavor.

Bake until internal temp of 165. This will vary by oven but mostly by size of the chicken breast. About 40 minutes for medium to large. 45 minute for huge. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Ain’t it beautiful…

Parmesan Mayonnaise Baked Skinless Chicken Breast
 
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This chicken has everything. It’s extremely moist, great taste, a little crunchiness and it is SIMPLE. My wife has changed the Christmas menu from my 5-star Chicken Parmesan to this recipe.
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3-4 skinless boneless chicken breasts trimmed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated (fresh preferred)
  • 1½ t seasoning salt (Lawry’s)
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • ½ t pepper
  • ⅓ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 convection or 400 regular. Trim, rinse and pat dry 3-4 skinless boneless chicken breasts.
  2. Mix in a medium bowl 1 cup mayonnaise, ½ cup Parmesan cheese (fresh shredded preferred) , 1½ tsp seasoning salt (I used Lawry’s), 1 t garlic powder and ½ t pepper.
  3. Prepare a cooking sheet with aluminum foil (to help clean up) and a rack. The rack will help crispness all around. You can do without the rack but the bottom will not be crispy. Give the rack a good spray of PAM.
  4. Dip the chicken breasts in the mayonnaise Parmesan mixture. Be sure to get all surface coated. Finger use allowed but be sure to wash well after.
  5. Lightly sprinkle with some Italian bread crumbs on both sides. I used about ⅓ cup on three large breast. You are not coating them. Just adding some crispy and flavor.
  6. Bake until internal temp of 165. This will vary by oven but mostly by size of the chicken breast. About 40 minutes for medium to large. 45 minute for huge. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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Updated
December 6 2013

Comments

  1. says

    Hello …
    Just want to say thank you for the recipie. The weird thing is…I didn’t know, would never have guessed, that one can use mayonnaise i cooking!?
    Tonight I cooked 3 small chicken (boneless/skinless) breasts. Following your recipie. Yes, they came out moist and really delicious. Who knew :-)
    WOW!!!!

  2. says

    This is seriously amazing. It’s taking pretty much all of my willpower and love for my husband to restrain myself from eating his piece. I’ve had this before but not the same recipe, and your recipe completely blows that out of the water.

  3. says

    To Unknown… I’m a “visual” guy and love big pictures to tell the story.
    Samantha, I think the sprinkle of bread crumbs sets this apart. I had a similar issue with my wife. We had eaten two and a half of the three breast and were done. We usually treat the dog at that point and I reached for the half for him and got scolded since she was saving it.

  4. Heather Clem says

    I came across this recipe after looking at tons of other similar ones your variation seemed better. I like that you cook it on a rack so both sides are crispy and the seasoning you added no other recipes did that. I feed 9 and we just got tons of boneless skinless chicken breast very cheap and kids are complaining chicken again I made soups, tacos, sliced fried chicken breast but there tired of the same old dry chicken. My boys and me are excited to try this recipe, looks so fresh moist and yummy can’ t wait for there feed back.

  5. Unknown says

    This was DELISH! I would not add the salt next time because Parm tends to be salty, anyways. Also, after breading and flipping it to the second side, I piled the remaining mixture so not to waste incredible yummyness.

    • says

      Thanks for the comment. I felt there was enough salt in the Lowery’s. In some of my other recipes, I “piled it on” but didn’t think about it here.
      This is still a house hold favorite here since it has great taste and is very easy

      DrDan

  6. Charlotte says

    Thank you for creating this website, it’s become my go-to for dinner recipes and I love the pictures, so helpful esp for a newbie cook like me. Tried this recipe tonight but the mayo and cheese mixture did not stick to the bottom of the chicken (i used the rack too), could it be that i put too much mayo? Other than that the chicken came out moist and tasty.

    • says

      Thanks for the note. A heavy coat of the mayo could cause it or not enough PAM on the rack. I spray the heck out of it since I hate to scrub.

      DrDan

  7. Amy K. says

    Just have to weigh in on this amazing recipe. This has become my go-to chicken recipe. Easy to throw together during the week, the coating keeps the chicken so moist and the flavor is SO GOOD. Thanks Dr. Dan!

    • says

      It is so easy and never fails. I have lost count of the number of times I have done this.
      Thanks for the note
      DrDan

    • RR says

      Hi!
      Where did you buy the Panko bread crumbs that is in the picture above? I am having a hard time finding any brand of Panko Italian seasoned bread crumbs.

    • says

      I think Meijer’s but really don’t remember. If you can’t find them, just use regular Panko and it should be fine.
      DrDan

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