This is one of those super easy recipes that, once you’ve tasted it, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making it over and over again! The mayo locks in all the flavor and juiciness of the chicken breasts and also helps the Parmesan to stick. Chicken like you’ve never had it before – Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken is so good, everyone will want seconds!

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Chicken breasts can be hard to cook without drying out, but with this Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe, the mayo locks in all the juiciness and the Parmesan adds lots of flavor and a great texture. They bake up golden brown and delicious, and you can pair them with so many sides to build a delicious meal.

Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken

I buy chicken breasts when they’re on sale, then pop them into the freezer until I’m ready to use them. That way, I have chicken on hand to make delicious dinners any night of the week. And, if you buy boneless skinless breasts, this dish is ready to bake in no time! And have I told you how amazing it is served with our popular stick of butter rice recipe? Oh my!

2 moist baked chicken breasts on a plate

Sometimes, chicken breasts are huge! If that’s the case, you can cut them in half horizontally to create two thinner breast pieces from one chicken breast. Not only will they cook faster this way, but it’ll stretch your dollars a bit further.

serving a chicken breast

Ready for chicken like you’ve never had before? This Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken is my new favorite – try it yourself and see how easy and delicious it is!

taking a bite of tender chicken

Why I love this recipe

  • You only need a handful of ingredients to make a stunning main dish everyone will love!
  • This chicken breast recipe pairs so well with so many sides – see my suggestions below.
  • Everyone loves this recipe. Don’t be surprised if people ask for seconds!

ingredients to make how to make baked a Crusted Mayo-Parmesan Chicken

Gather these ingredients

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – Cut in half to make 8 pieces.
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese – Freshly grated Parmesan works best in this recipe.
  • Parsley – Chopped; optional garnish.

how to make baked Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken

How to make the best Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken

  1. Preheat your oven to 375-F, set out a baking sheet with raised sides and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise with 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper. Mix well.
  3. Add the freshly grated Parmesan cheese to another bowl.
  4. Dip each chicken breast into the mayonnaise and coat it with a thin coat of mayo on both sides so that it is totally covered.
  5. Roll the mayonnaise-coated breast in the grated Parmesan cheese and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Repeat until all the breasts are coated, then sprinkle them lightly with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Bake the coated breasts at 375-F for about 30-35 minutes or until cooked through and the internal temperature is 165-F.
  8. Remove the breasts from the oven and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley. 
  • Serve and enjoy!

parmesan on the outside of chicken breasts, ready for baking

Tips & substitutions

  • This recipe makes enough to serve 8, but you only need to start with 4 large chicken breasts.
  • To cut the breasts in half, lay the chicken breast flat on a clean cutting surface and cut it in half horizontally with a large, sharp knife.
  • Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Pre-shredded cheese is coated with an anti-clumping agent, which also prevents the cheese from melting well or evenly. 
  • Good quality Parmesan cheese will give you the best flavor.

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Serving suggestions

Baked Parmesan-crusted chicken is a terrific main dish, and I love how well it pairs with so many other dishes. You could serve it with Mushroom Polenta or a creamy orzo pasta dish to keep it Italian-themed. Or, lighten things up with a duo of roasted carrots and parsnips. Want to keep things simple? Serve the chicken with rice and a salad – you have so many options!

a serving of 2 chicken breasts with salad


Store leftover chicken breasts in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat the leftovers in a low oven or in the microwave.

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Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken

So easy and so delicious, Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a must-try dinner! The chicken is moist and flavorful every time!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half to make 8
  • 1 ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Chopped parsley, or basil for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, if you feel you need more


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise with the ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Stir well.
  • Take another small bowl and add the freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Dip each chicken breast into the mayo (both sides) until the breast is covered. Next, roll it in the parmesan cheese and place the chicken on the baking sheet. Add another round of salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees°F.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Serve!
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Calories: 424kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 923mg, Potassium: 236mg, Fiber: 0.03g, Sugar: 0.4g, Vitamin A: 191IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 229mg, Iron: 0.5mg
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Mayo-Parmesan Crusted Chicken