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Close up of breaded chicken breasts cooking in a frying pan.
Breaded Chicken Breasts
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Marinating Time
2 hrs
Total Time
26 mins
 

Stockpile these juicy, easy breaded chicken breasts for an fast weeknight dinner. They are extra tender and tasty thanks to a buttermilk marinade and a crispy parmesan panko crust.

Course: Quick Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breaded chicken, chicken breasts
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 697 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thin-cut, halved or pounded thin)
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 3-4 cups panko bread crumbs (fresh bread crumbs or regular can be substituted)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Oil, for pan frying
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk together buttermilk, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and paprika and pour into a gallon-size ziplock bag.
  2. Add chicken to bag and turn several times to be sure chicken is covered.
  3. Place bag in the refrigerator and allow chicken to marinate for at least two hours or overnight.
  4. Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow dish.
  5. Removed chicken from bag, shaking off excess buttermilk and dredge in breadcrumbs. Place on a plate until ready to cook.
  6. Pour oil to cover the bottom of large non-stick frying pan and heat over med/high heat. Once oil is hot (but not smoking) add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook until golden brown on one side (about 4 mins) and then turn and cook an additional 4 mins. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Remove cooked chicken breasts to a wire rack placed over a cookie sheet to drain or place on a paper towel-lined plate.

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Breaded Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 697 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 193mg 64%
Sodium 2388mg 100%
Potassium 1322mg 38%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 71g 142%
Vitamin A 24.7%
Vitamin C 10.5%
Calcium 65.4%
Iron 20.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.