crunchy parmesan chicken in a white bowl with parsley

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.

The secret is in the coating. What could be more yummy than mixing french fried onions together with parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs? Nothing…as far as I’m concerned. The crunchy coating is the stuff that dreams are made of.

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.

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

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.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

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 Stovetop Mac & Cheese and Taylor’s Collard Greens. Pure southern heaven!

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.

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crunchy parmesan chicken in a white bowl with parsley

Crunchy Parmesan Chicken

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Crunchy Parmesan Chicken takes fried chicken to a whole new level.  The crunchy coating is the stuff that dreams are made of!




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

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: crunchy parmesan chicken, fried chicken, parmsan, panko bread crumbs, main dishes, southern

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  1. 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!

  2. Katherine

    It was a hit in my house!!!!

  3. 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!

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

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