These super crunchy baked chicken breasts are made with 3 simple on-hand ingredients and no dredging station needed! They’re great for a simple but flavorful dinner!
Somebody is going to revoke my Southerners club card for this confession, but here goes: I don’t really like fried chicken.
Pause. The room falls silent and there’s the distant sound of crickets…
OK, so maybe you’re thinking I just haven’t had really good fried chicken. And that may be true. I’ve certainly got plenty of options nearby — this is North Carolina, after all — and I could stand to give it another chance.
But honestly, I’m kinda good with staying away. I’m somewhat of a health nut, after all.
But chicken that’s super crispy, super tasty and super easy, without any of the frying mess and heavy brick-in-your-stomach feeling? I’m down for that.
This recipe couldn’t be easier.
You marinate your chicken in Italian dressing — I prefer homemade Italian dressing but store-bought is certainly fine too — to infuse it with some herby flavor.
Then you’ll coat it in Panko breadcrumbs, which are the secret for getting it extra crispy, and bake it.
No long line of bowls for a dredging station. Just a super big crunch factor.
Panko breadcrumbs are a must here.
If you haven’t used them before, then you may think it’s not possible to get crunchy baked chicken, but I assure you, it is.
Panko is a Japenese style of breadcrumbs made from bread that doesn’t have a crust. (It’s bread baked by electrical current, so it’s more or less electrocuted.)
This rather strange sounding method makes for airy, large flakes that don’t absorb as much grease and moisture, so it’s a lighter coating that stays more crispy.
It’s science, folks. 🤓
And like I said, it’s the secret for getting a really crispy, crunchy coating on your baked chicken.
This chicken also stays super flavorful and juicy on the inside, thanks to the Italian dressing marinade that helps infuse some great flavor without a lot of work.
It’s easy, it’s crunchy, it’s healthy and it’s great any night of the week. 🙌
(If you are a cheesy fan, check out these crunchy baked cheesy chicken breasts. Delicious!)
While the chicken is in the oven, fix up your sides and dinner is served!
What to serve with crunchy baked chicken:
– Baked quinoa Caprese casserole (you can bake it at 375 in the oven with the chicken for 30 minutes)
Whether or not you like regular fried chicken, I think you’ll really enjoy this crispy baked version.
Or browse all of my easy chicken recipes for more inspiration!
Panko breadcrumbs are a must here! They bring the crunch in this baked chicken. You can use homemade Italian dressing or store-bought.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 1723mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 15g
Panko breadcrumbs are a must here! They bring the crunch in this baked chicken.
You can use homemade Italian dressing or store-bought.