This is a riff on one of my favorite dinners that my mom makes. Healthier Baked Parmesan Chicken relies on pantry staples, is under the table in 30 minutes, and it’s a total crowd pleaser!

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We ate a lot of chicken growing up. And by a lot, I mean a lot. It graced our table multiple nights a week. We rarely had fish or red meat and had pork every once in awhile. I don’t remember it getting old though. My mom had a ton of chicken recipes she made and rotated them often enough that my brothers and I never got bored.

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One of my favorite recipes she use to make- and still does- is a baked parmesan chicken recipe. Not to be confused with chicken parm that you might find at an Italian restaurant, this a lighter baked chicken. My mom dips the chicken breasts in butter (yup!) and rolls them in a mixture of bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. It’s super simple, super buttery and is always a crowd pleaser.

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This recipe is my healthier take. I think her version might call for a full stick of butter. You all know that I love butter but in this case, I think less is more! I swapped out regular bread crumbs for panko- I think they add more texture and I use fresh parsley instead of dried. I also like to use chicken cutlets or pound my breasts super thin- thick chicken eeebs me out. My mom always bakes the chicken in a 9×13 but I think spreading the chicken out on a baking sheet keeps the coating crispy.

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My mom always serves the chicken with mashed potatoes and whatever green veggie is in season. It’s classic comfort food and my dad’s most requested meal. I follow her lead and serve it the same way. I mean who doesn’t love a big ‘ol bowl of mashers, am I right? The chicken itself makes for great leftovers- my husband eats it cold right from the leftover container. I often slice it and put it over greens for a quick salad and I also love it on a sandwich with just a tiny smear of mayonnaise and some spicy greens like arugula. My kids take it as is in their lunchbox with some ketchup for dipping.

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No matter how you serve it, it’s sure to become a family favorite! I’ve been loving seeing the recipes you’re making on social media. Keep sharing them on Facebook and Instagram and tagging them #mountainmamacooks.

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As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of the week! xo, Kelley

Healthier Baked Parmesan Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6

A healthier baked parmesan chicken recipe.


  • 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken cutlets (about 4-5 small breasts)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Put the olive oil and melted butter in a small bowl.
  3. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, chopped parsley, salt and pepper.
  4. Brush each cutlet with some of the olive oil an butter mixture. I think a pastry brush works for best for this. Dredge each cutlet in the parmesan/bread crumb mixture. Gently press onto each side.
  5. Place chicken on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment. Repeat with all the chicken cutlets. Drizzle any extra olive oil/butter over the chicken.
  6. Bake chicken in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through. If chicken isn't browned on top, use the broiler to brown the chicken for 1-2 minutes until golden.
  7. Serve with slices of lemon.

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photos by Kellie Hatcher/ recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks

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