Crunchy Parmesan Chicken

This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Looking for a new chicken recipe? Crunchy Parmesan Chicken is full of flavor, and a nice change of pace from regular fried chicken.

crunchy parmesan chicken in a white bowl with a fork on a placemat

Why You'll Love It

Looking for the crunchiest chicken tenders around? The secret is in the coating!

What could be more yummy than mixing french fried onions together with parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs? The crunchy coating is what makes this recipe stand out above the others.

What's the best part? In less than 30 minutes, you'll have dinner on the table and your family will be begging for more!

If you're looking for a chicken recipe with a dry rub instead, try this Southern Baked Chicken that is made with spices instead of a crunchy coating.

How to Make Crunchy Parmesan Chicken

Start by adding french fried onions, grated parmesan cheese, seasoned panko bread crumbs, (ads) paprika, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl.

crumbs and seasonings in a bowl to prep chicken

With a potato masher (or a large coffee mug), crush the onions and mix everything together to make the coating.

bread crumbs in a bowl with potato masher

Beat an egg with a tablespoon of milk to make an egg wash. Now, comes the fun part! Dredge chicken tenderloins in egg wash, then roll each one in the crunchy coating until covered on all sides.

Add chicken to a cast iron skillet (ad) with melted butter. Sear both sides of chicken, and fry over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

fried chicken in a cast iron skillet with a fork

What to Serve with Crunchy Parmesan Chicken

Once you make this dish, you may never fix chicken the same way again. It's just that good. Something about the crunchy topping seals in all the juices, so the chicken is as tender as you can imagine. Frying it in butter doesn't hurt either.

Try serving this dish with my Smoked Potatoes and Southern Collard Greens with Bacon. Pure southern heaven! Or, add a slab of Smoked Baby Back Ribs to the plate too!

If you have picky eaters in your house, serve them Crunchy Parmesan Chicken and watch the smiles appear. Heck, even if you don't have picky eaters, the entire gang will be smiling when they bite into this delicious chicken...especially you.

chicken tenders made with parmesan and panko in a white dish.

Serving Suggestions

Looking for the perfect sides to go with chicken tenders? Check out What to Serve With Chicken Tenders for the best southern sides around!

More Easy Meals

Recipe Card

chicken tenders made with parmesan and panko in a white dish.

Crunchy Parmesan Chicken

Looking for a new chicken recipe? Crunchy Parmesan Chicken is full of flavor, and a nice change of pace from regular fried chicken.
5 from 3 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 371kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.



  • Add fried onions, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, paprika, salt and pepper to a large bowl.
  • Crush onions with a potato masher (ad) and mix in with other ingredients.
  • Beat egg and milk in a separate bowl to make egg wash.
  • Dip chicken tenders into egg wash, then dip in crumb mixture to coat all sides with crunchy coating.
  • Add butter and olive oil to skillet (ad) and bring to medium heat. 
  • Add coated chicken to skillet.  Fry chicken tenders for 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat, turning frequently until golden brown and crunchy.


  • Store leftover chicken tenders in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in oven or air fryer to retain crunch. 


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

Love this recipe? PIN it!Visit @quichemygrits or tag #quichemygrits!

Sharing is Caring! Love my RECIPES? Please SHARE with friends!


  1. 5 stars
    Well..... I made this delicious easy recipe and the whole family gobbled it up. The only "crazy" twist I did was soak the chicken in buttermilk all day. It is hard to miss with butter fried chicken. Thanks Debi!

    1. Thanks, Connie! That's awesome! I'll have to try soaking the chicken in buttermilk next time. I bet that made it really tender. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, I can’t wait to try this. I would have never thought of using fried onions and parmesan as a topping. You are so creative!

Leave a Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please RATE this RECIPE: