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Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken

posted by Sharon Glascoe on November 26, 2017

Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken – Chicken filets covered in Parmesan cheese and seasoned panko bread crumbs and baked until perfectly crispy. No frying required!


Healthy is not a category of cuisine that I tend to post about often – I’m more passionate about foods more on the indulgent side of the spectrum. In fact, in the past year alone, I’ve only posted about a handful of healthy recipes, including these Chicken & Couscous Stuffed Peppers and the Orchard Harvest Salad, which are two of my favorite recipes in the world, but also happen to be better for you. Well today I have another recipe that falls into that category – Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken!

Instead of frying the chicken breasts, they’re baked in the oven. But don’t think that makes them any less wonderful. The smells that engulfs the kitchen as these bake is truly incredible, thanks to the blend of Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Good luck waiting the full 15 minutes for these babies to bake through!

A few of my other favorite healthier recipes include Hamburger and Zucchini SkilletLight Italian Shrimp & Rice Skillet Recipe, and One Pan Parmesan Pork Chops and Veggies!


The thing I love most about this recipe is that you can get a perfectly crispy chicken bread with tons of flavor with very little effort. You can easily have this recipe done, start to finish, in less than 30 minutes.

So how exactly do you make this Parmesan crusted chicken? Let’s run down the steps, shall we??

First you coat the panko breadcrumbs with shredded Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. I like using shredded Parmesan instead of grated because it crisps up better.

Then, you coat the chicken filets with a little sour cream. You can use low fat if you want to make these extra healthy. But don’t omit it all together – the sour cream is the glue that holds on to all that crispy coating.

Tips to make Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken:

  1. For this recipe, you need to use chicken filets, not chicken breasts. You can buy filets or you can make your own. To make your own, you slice chicken breasts into two thinner halves and then pound the chicken out a little to flatten it out. If you don’t have flat filets, they won’t cook evenly.
  2. Panko bread crumbs are not the same as regular bread crumbs – they’re a little bulkier and crispier. You should be able to find them in the same spot as regular bread crumbs on the grocery shelf.
  3. I highly recommend using shredded Parmesan instead of grated Parmesan because it gets crispier and adds more texture to the crust.

And there you have it – and yummy, easy, and HEALTHY dish to make for weeknight dinners. Heck, you’ll love it enough to make on the weekends too! Make sure to check out some of the other healthy recipes I have for you guys by scrolling to the bottom. Enjoy!

Tools for making Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken:

  1. Sheet Pan
  2. Parchment Paper
  3. Mixing Bowls

Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Serves 4     adjust servings


  • 24 ounces chicken filets
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prep baking sheet by lining with parchment paper to greasing with olive oil. 
  2. Place chicken filets on prepped baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Add a heaping tablespoon to each of the 4 filets and spread evenly. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper and toss to combine. Divide mixture evenly on each filet. Spread mixture and press into the sour cream to help it stick. 
  4. Bake prepared filets in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy. Remove from oven and serve immediately. 


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 491kcal Calories from fat 300
% Daily Value
Total Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 496mg21%
Carbohydrate 8g3%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 38g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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More healthy recipes you’ll love:

Chicken & Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Grilled Cilantro & Lime Chicken Skewers

Blackberry & Rosemary Pork Tenderloin

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  • Alma Vorrei

    FANTASTIC! This was a great crusted chicken. I changed some things to make it even more flavorful for us.

    • Julie Evink

      So glad you enjoyed it Alma!

  • Hohni

    Made this last night. Hubby doesn’t like sour cream so I used olive oil on his, sour cream on mine. EXCELLENT!!!!!!!

    • Julie Evink

      So glad you found a way to alter it and enjoy!

  • Danielle Green

    Love, love parmesan crusted chicken! This looks amazing!

    • Julie Evink

      Me too! You can’t go wrong!

  • Malinda

    I love Parmesan chicken anything!! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Julie Evink

      Me too! I’ll take it anyway I can get it!

  • Melissa Howell

    I like to learn about being healthy. I have a harder time living what I learn 🙂 This chicken looks really yummy and easy!

    • Julie Evink

      LOL! Ditto to that girlfriend!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    YUM! These look absolutely perfect, and I love that they’re a little healthier than the fried variety! I have a feeling this would be a major hit at our household for dinner, too!

    • Julie Evink

      I can use lighter any way I can get it!

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