Baked Parmesan Chicken With Mayo

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This Baked Parmesan Chicken With Mayo is such an easy recipe to make!!! The texture of the outside crust is absolutely amazing! The skin around the chicken legs and breast is crispy, and the inside of the chicken is tender and moist.

I love chicken dinners and this is my favorite. The chicken is baked with a cream mayo in the bottom of the baking dish. Then the Parmesan cheese, which melts right into the mayo and makes the chicken have a creamy cheesy coating instead of just being dry and boring.

Mayonnaise Parmesan Chicken

Incredibly delicious with common on-hand ingredients, this Mayonnaise Parmesan Chicken is a real crowd-pleaser that will melt in your mouth.

Say goodbye to boring, bland, and dry baked chicken. Mayo parmesan chicken is so moist that even picky kids will devour it. This just might be your new favorite chicken recipe with easy prep and great taste.

mayonnaise parmesan chicken baked in white casserole dish.
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Chicken mayo parmesan just might be the easiest and downright most flavorful chicken recipe you could ever make. It’s a great, no-fail, easy recipe that every new cook can master the first time.

Why do you put mayo on chicken?

The short answer is to keep it moist.

Chicken breasts are a lean white meat that tends to dry out very quickly. The oil and egg in mayonnaise get absorbed into the chicken, keeping it succulent.

Recipe Ingredients

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  • Chicken breasts — this recipe calls for pounds of boneless skinless breasts, but you can easily adapt this for more or less servings.
  • Grated parmesan cheese — fresh grated, pre-shredded, or even granulated (the stuff in the green can) all work perfectly for this recipe.
  • Mayonnaise — use your favorite brand. We used Best Foods (Hellman’s).
  • Seasonings — salt, garlic powder, celery seeds, and ground black pepper.

Step-by-Step Directions

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Step One — Preheat oven to 350°F. Pat the chicken dry using paper towels and place them in a baking pan, baking sheet, or similar. Using a fork, poke each breast 4 to 5 times. Sprinkle the seasonings over the chicken then gently press them into the meat.

Step Two — Coat each breast with the mayo. You can use a basting (or pastry) brush, spatula, spoon, or whatever works best for you.

Step Three — Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the mayo on each chicken breast.

Step Four — Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a meat thermometer indicates the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Once done and golden brown, remove them from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.

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Variations and Tips

Mayo parmesan chicken is a delicious recipe as is, but everyone loves playing with flavor.

  • Extra crunch — mix 1/4 cup of bread crumbs (or Italian bread crumbs), or panko crumbs with the parmesan cheese.
  • Seasonings — this is the easiest way to play with flavor. Herbs: thyme, dill, parsley, and rosemary. Spices: paprika, lemon pepper, cajun blend, Italian seasoning blend. The possibilities are endless; use your favorites. Dried works best, but fresh are wonderful as a garnish. Buoy the garlic flavor by swapping the garlic powder for granulated garlic.
  • Cheeses — use finely grated cheese of choice: cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss, and more.
  • Lighten up — plain or plain Greek yogurt can be partially or wholly substituted for the mayo. Yogurt will give it a slight tangy taste.
  • Easy clean up — line the baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper before placing the chicken in the pan.
  • Even cooking — if the top part of the chicken is much thicker than the bottom half, gently use a meat mallet to thin it out. Place wax or parchment paper between the chicken before pounding the chicken breasts evenly.

How to serve:

We don’t expect you to eat this parmesan crusted chicken all on its own (although we won’t judge you if you do), here are some of our favorite things to serve with it.

  • Fresh vegetables like green beans, steamed broccoli, a green salad, baked onions, or sautéed spinach.
  • This is wonderful served over mashed potatoes, or with rice pilaf. Even our decadent Noodles Romanoff would be great.
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Recipe FAQs

Can I use bone-in chicken pieces or chicken thighs in Mayonnaise Parmesan Chicken?

Yes, you can! Though, you will need to cook bone-in chicken for about 20 minutes longer.

Can I use Miracle Whip?

Yes! I have tested this recipe with miracle whip and it’s AMAZING. Though miracle whip is a touch sweet, if you do not like miracle whip, then you will not like miracle whip chicken.

Why do I have to let the meat rest before serving?

Letting the meat rest before serving (i.e. cutting) allows its juices to settle. If you cut meat too quickly from the oven, the juices will escape causing the meat to lose moisture and dry out.

Is this recipe gluten free?

If you make the basic recipe with just chicken, mayo, and parmesan, with gluten free seasonings, then yes it is. If you incorporate bread crumbs, then it will not be gluten free.

How long can I store the leftovers?

Store any leftovers of this mayonnaise parmesan chicken in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Can I make this in the crockpot?

Yes! Though you won’t get browned chicken, you can make definitely make this in the crockpot! Cook on HIGH For 3.5 hours or LOW for 6 hours.

Parmesan Chicken Bake Recipe

Cheesy Parmesan Chicken Bake comes together in only 5 minutes and uses ingredients that you have on hand: mayo, Parmesan cheese, chicken, and seasonings. Serve over rice or pasta and with a side salad and dinner is done!

Parmesan Chicken Bake Recipe
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Every person needs a couple of easy go-to recipes that they can use when they need dinner on the table in a matter of minutes . . .This recipe Parmesan Chicken Bake is one of those!

I guarantee that you have everything you need to make this simple dish. It takes less than 10 minutes to throw it all together and toss it in the oven.

Pair this with a simple green salad (or a bagged salad from the grocery store) and a loaf of French bread (no judgements here if also from the grocery store) and dinner is done!

Ingredients needed for Parmesan Chicken Bake
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INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR PARMESAN CHICKEN BAKE:

  • chicken breasts
  • light mayonnaise (you could also use plain Greek yogurt)
  • fresh Parmesan cheese
  • seasoning salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
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HOW TO MAKE PARMESAN CHICKEN BAKE:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray the inside of a 9×13 glass pan. Lay the chicken breasts inside the pan in a single layer (you don’t want them to overlap or they won’t cook evenly).
  • Mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl and spread evenly over each piece of chicken, being sure to cover all the exposed raw meat (so it doesn’t dry out.) Sprinkle more fresh Parmesan over all the chicken.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is baked all the way through.
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Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are baked, with a flavorful parmesan coating that gets rave reviews each time I make them!

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Chicken Tenders

These baked chicken tenders are truly a flavor explosion.

I love to make them during the week because they are on the table in 20 minutes or less!

This recipe for parmesan chicken tenders is also super simple using pantry ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders already!

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If you would rather not hear my super helpful tips and tricks, FAQ, and my overall awesomeness and get straight to this delicious Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders recipe – you can very easily scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for the full printable FREE recipe! Bon appetit.


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Baked Chicken Tenders


Simple pantry ingredients needed:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dried spices (oregano and basil to be exact!)
  • Parmesan cheese (now, I do splurge and use the good stuff – Parmigiano-Reggiano, but feel free to use whatever parmesan cheese you have)
  • Breadcrumbs, I love using panko breadcrumbs for this recipe because it gives them such a nice crunch! But, regular breadcrumbs are fine, or even Italian seasoned, whatever you got will do!

 

How to prepare chicken tenders

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Lay chicken tenders on a sheet tray lined with foil for each cleanup.
  • Mix together the mayonnaise, spices, and cheese. Spread on top of the tenders evenly.
  • Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the chicken tenders reach an internal temperature of 165°F and they are golden brown and bubbly.
  • That’s it – you can’t get any easier!

Can I use chicken breasts if I don’t have chicken tenders?

Yes, just cut the boneless skinless chicken breasts against the grain into 1-inch strips.

Make the rest of the recipe per the directions! I’ve made them both with chicken breast strips or chicken tenders and both versions come out perfectly every time.

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What to serve with chicken tenders?

Basically, any side items go perfectly with these baked chicken tenders. I serve them a lot just by themselves with a side salad with my creamy garlic salad dressing.

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Baked chicken tender recipes are a must for busy families.

They are seriously just flat-out easy to make. Prep time for this recipe, in particular, is about 5 minutes.

What are parmesan baked chicken tenders?

Normally, when you think of baked chicken tenders they are breaded and then baked. This recipe is a little different – but WAY more flavorful.

The mayonnaise mixture is what sets this recipe apart. It is loaded with garlicky-herby-deliciousness and addictive.

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What are chicken tenders?

I have seen a lot of questions asking where chicken tenders come from.

Chicken tenders, or chicken tenderloins, are a part of the breast. The tender itself runs along the bottom side of the breast, where the meat meets the bone.

Since chicken tenders are part of the breast, they are considered white meat chicken.

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Tools used to make baked chicken tenders:

  • Bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Sheet Tray
  • Foil

How to make chicken tenders

Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders

 Course Main Course

 Servings 4 servings

These chicken tenders are baked, with a flavorful parmesan coating that gets rave reviews each time I make them!

Ingredients  1x2x3x

  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese fresh grated, or parmesan cheese of your choice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 5 cracks fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs or breadcrumbs of your choice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place chicken tenders about 2 inches apart (just make sure they are not touching) onto a foil-lined sheet tray* sprayed with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the parmesan, mayo, salt, oregano, basil, pepper, and garlic powder. Evely spread mixture on top of each chicken tender.
  • Top each tender evenly with the breadcrumbs. Bake for 13-15 minutes until the internal temperature of the tenders reaches 165°F, they will be golden brown and bubbly. 

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 447mg | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg

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