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Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken

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This Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a lightened-up version of Parmesan chicken. This easy chicken recipe is baked in the oven and is extra flavorful and juicy with a savory crunchy topping.

healthy parmesan crusted chicken

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken is always a family favorite, and this lightened-up version is no exception. To lighten up the recipe, I replaced most of the mayo with Greek yogurt and reduced the amount of bread crumbs and parmesan.

The result is a tender and juicy chicken breast. You would never know this is a lightened-up version unless I told you!

Easy and quick, this Lightened-up parmesan chicken can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal but fancy enough to serve at your next dinner party. Double the recipe for a big crowd or just to have extras for lunch. This parmesan chicken tastes great the next day, hot or cold.

Why you’ll love This Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken

  • Simple and fast – With only a few minutes of prep, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to prep and bake these chicken breasts. Makes for a perfect quick, no-fuss meal.
  • Healthy – By swapping out the deep-frying for baking and Greek yogurt for mayo, the chicken stays juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside with fewer calories and fat, keeping it crispy without the extra oil.
  • Flavor-Packed – Enjoy all the delicious taste without any guilt. Say goodbye to boring chicken breasts. This Parmesan Chicken is crispy and savory with every bite. The nutty parmesan, Italian seasonings, and breadcrumbs create a golden, oven-baked crust, while the tender chicken underneath will make you enjoy each and every bite.
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Ingredients And Tips For Skinny Parmesan Crusted Chicken

(Ingredients at a glance, find the full recipe with ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

  • Greek yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt is what you want. You can use any level of fat, as it is really just the coating of the yogurt and mayo that helps lock in the moisture.
  • Mayonnaise: Regular mayonnaise is best for flavor. You can use lite mayo to reduce the calories, but it is only a small amount of mayo, so I suggest the full fat.
  • Parmesan cheese: Freshly grated parmesan cheese makes for the best topping, but you can use the canned grated parmesan as well.
  • Chicken breasts: Use boneless, skinless chicken breast halves. I recommend smaller breasts (6 to 7 oz raw) that are as uniform in size and shape as possible.
  • Italian seasoning: You can use an Italian seasoning premix or the individual spices; oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram.
  • Bread crumbs: Breadcrumbs add a nice texture. You can use regular breadcrumbs, but panko breadcrumbs tend to be crunchier.

How To Make Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

1 Combine all the ingredients: Mix mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese in a medium-sized bowl.

2 Coat the chicken: Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and top with the yogurt mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs and Italian seasoning.

healthy parmesan crusted chicken

3 Bake the chicken: Bake 20 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. I suggest using a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to 165 F.

healthy parmesan crusted chicken

Recipe tips

  • Even out the thickness of the chicken breast with a meat mallet or rolling pin. A uniform thickness ensures that all parts of the meat cook evenly, preventing the thinner sections from drying out.
  • Use a meat thermometer – Accuracy is key when cooking chicken breasts. Avoid overcooking and drying the chicken. The optimal temperature for chicken is 165°F at the thickest part.
  • Use uniform sized breasts – Smaller chicken breasts (6-7 oz) are preferable due to shorter baking time. Larger breasts require longer baking, which can lead to excess browning of the bread crumbs. If your chicken breasts are large and need more than 20 minutes in the oven, protect them from over-browning by covering them loosely with foil.
  • Opt for Panko bread crumbs over regular ones – Panko bread crumbs stand out due to their unique bulky and crispy texture.


  • Add some cheese on top. Sprinkle with more parmesan or top with mozzarella cheese.
  • You can adjust the flavor by using any combination of spices you prefer, and add red pepper flakes for some heat.
  • Use chicken thighs instead of breasts.


  • Leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave.
  • Freeze leftover chicken for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven or microwave.


Do you have to dip the chicken in egg before coating it with the breadcrumbs?

No, this recipe does not require you to dip the chicken breasts into an egg before coating them with the breadcrumbs.

Can I use other cuts of chicken?

Yes, thighs, bone-in chicken breasts, and chicken quarters all work. You will need to adjust the cooking time. Just use a meat thermometer and cook til the chicken is 165 F. You could even try salmon.

Can I pan-fry the chicken instead of baking it?

For this recipe, the best thing to do is bake it. Baking allows the breadcrumbs to adhere. If you fry it, you’ll most likely lose some of the breading when you flip it.

Can I Airfry this Parmesan Chicken?

Yes! This recipe is perfect for the air fryer!

Airfry at 375F for 16-19 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Use a meat thermometer to check that it’s cooked to 165 F.

Did You Make This Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken?

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Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: oven
  • Diet: Low Calorie


This Healthy Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a lightened-up version of Parmesan chicken. This easy chicken recipe is baked in the oven and is extra flavorful and juicy with a savory crunchy topping.


Units Scale
  • 3/8 cup of low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 cup of mayonnaise (I just filled a 1/2 cup 3/4 way with the yogurt and then the rest of the way with the mayo)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 11/4 lbs.)
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine the mayo, Greek yogurt, and Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl.
  3. Arrange chicken on a baking sheet. Evenly top with yogurt mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs and Italian seasoning.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.


*Nutrition info calculated using 6 oz chicken breasts


  • Serving Size: 1 breast
  • Calories: 309
  • Fat: 13
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Protein: 42


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  1. Emma Meek says:

    Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Looks delicious! Pinned.

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  4. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE says:

    Looking good! I featured your project on my blog today… LOVE it!

  5. Hilani Ellis says:

    Found this on Sugar Bee, yum!!!

  6. That looks amazing – makes me want to cook :o)
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  7. Looks like a quick yummy dinner dish. I'd serve it with roasted veggies and a big bowl of chilled melon!
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  8. Kara at Petals to Picots says:

    This looks yummy!

  9. Aimee Seaberry says:

    That looks so yummy!

  10. Heather Kinnaird says:

    that chicken looks amazing!

  11. Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor says:

    Oh my..that sounds DELICIOUS!!! My mouth is watering as I look at the pictures and read the recipe. YUM! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  12. mellywoods5 says:

    I made this it is awesome, hubby wants it on a weekly rotation, my teens loved it and my babies loved, almost never get a uninamous high 5!

  13. Stopping by from Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday. This recipe sounds wonderful. I'll have to give it a try.

  14. Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . says:

    Sounds good to me! I wonder if I can sneak Greek Yogurt past my hubby . . . he's a sour cream addict!