Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken marinates all day and then it’s coated with almond flour and Parmesan and baked to perfection! This recipe will be a hit with both kids and adults, and it’s gluten-free and low in carbs!

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For years now I’ve been updating my earliest recipes with better photos and sometimes better instructions too. What I always loved about this Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken is how the chicken is was so flavorful from being marinated in olive oil, garlic, and a little dried poultry seasoning before it was covered with the Parmesan coating. And when I made it again recently to take these photos, I still loved the way this chicken turned out.

We did make two changes in the recipe that Kara and I felt made this popular recipe even better! The original version used a tiny amount of whole wheat breadcrumbs combined with Parmesan to coat the chicken before it’s baked. We simply switched out the breadcrumbs for almond flour, which made this recipe gluten-free and lower in carbs. And we also used a bit more seasoning in the marinade mixture for even more flavorful chicken!

Of course if you don’t care about gluten or carbs, you can definitely still make this with breadcrumbs, and the original version only used 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs to coat four chicken breasts, so even that version was relatively low in carbs. But we thought the updated recipe was even better than the original; hope you’ll try this for an easy family-friendly dinner!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

Why do I cut slits in the chicken?

Cutting small cross-wise slits in the chicken breasts helps them cook a bit quicker and more evenly, and gives a bit more surface area for the Parmesan mixture to stick to.

Can you use a shorter marinating time for this recipe?

I think the all-day marinating of the chicken in olive oil, garlic, and poultry seasoning really adds flavor to this chicken dish, and I would recommend prepping the chicken the night before, then adding the marinade and refrigerating it during the day. But if that just isn’t happening at your house, even a few hours of marinating time will be better than no marinating at all.

How do you tell when the chicken is cooked through?

This Parmesan Crusted Chicken is baked and then broiled for a few minutes to brown the almond flour and Parmesan coating. You want to be sure the chicken is almost fully cooked before you broil it, but you don’t want it too done or it will dry out. The best way to tell when chicken is done is to use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) and bake the chicken until it’s close to 165F/75C before you put it under the broiler. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, the chicken should be firm but not hard to the touch when it reaches that temperature.

More Baked Chicken Recipes:

You can use Low-Carb and Keto Baked Chicken Recipes to find more tasty ideas for baked chicken.

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How to make Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken:

(This is just a summary of the steps shown in the photos; scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Trim the chicken and make small slits crosswise on the chicken to help it cook more quickly.
  2. Combine crushed or minced garlic, olive oil, Poultry Seasoning, Spike Seasoning, and Szeged Chicken Rub to make the marinade. (If you don’t have all those ingredients you can substitute any seasonings that are good on chicken.
  3. Then marinate in the fridge all day (or as long as possible).
  4. When you’re ready to cook, drain chicken and let the chicken come to room temperature while the oven heats to 425F/220C.
  5. Combine the almond flour and finely-grated Parmesan in a large bowl.
  6. Then dip each chicken piece in the Parmesan cheese mixture, turning it over and sprinkling on the coating until both sides are lightly coated.
  7. Bake chicken about 25 minutes or until it reaches a temperature just slightly under 165F/75C on an Instant Read Meat Thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer, chicken should feel firm but not hard to the touch. Don’t overcook.
  8. Then turn the oven to broil and brown the top of the chicken for about 2-3 minutes, watching it carefully.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Make it a low-carb Meal:

For a low-carb meal, this would taste great with Roasted Cauliflower Rice Medley with Pine Nuts, Roasted Broccoli with Garlic, or Asparagus with Tahini-Peanut Dipping Sauce, which could cook along with the chicken at the same temperature. Or serve with something easy like Air Fryer Turnip Fries, Air Fryer Asian Green Beans, or Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts.

More Tasty Dinners with Chicken:

Try Low-Carb Baked Chicken Nuggets for a recipe that’s similar to this one. You might also like Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake or Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese if you’re a fan of cheesy baked chicken.

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Yield: 4 servings

Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 37 minutes

This Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken gets coated with almond flour and Parmesan after it marinates all day, and then it’s and baked to perfection.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 T crushed garlic or minced garlic (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Szeged Chicken Rub (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Trim the chicken and make small slits crosswise on the chicken to help it cook more quickly.
  2. Combine crushed or minced garlic, olive oil, Poultry Seasoning, Spike Seasoning, and Szeged Chicken Rub to make the marinade. (If you don't have all those ingredients you can substitute any seasonings that are good on chicken.)
  3. Then marinate in the fridge all day (or as long as possible).
  4. When you're ready to cook, drain chicken and let the chicken come to room temperature while the oven heats to 425F/220C.
  5. Combine the almond flour and finely-grated Parmesan in a large bowl.
  6. Then dip each chicken piece in the Parmesan cheese mixture, turning it over and sprinkling on the coating until both sides are lightly coated.
  7. Bake chicken about 25 minutes or until it reaches a temperature just slightly under 165F/75C on an Instant Read Meat Thermometer.
  8. If you don't have a thermometer, chicken should feel firm but not hard to the touch. Don't overcook.
  9. Then turn the oven to broil and brown the top of the chicken for about 2-3 minutes, watching it carefully.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy!

 

Notes

Garlic puree from a jar is perfect for this recipe.

If you don't have Spike Seasoning, use any all-purpose seasoning blend. If you don't have Szeged Chicken Rub, use any chicken seasoning blend.

Recipe slightly adapted by Kalyn from a blog that no longer exists.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 583mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 41g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The new version of this Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken is perfect for low-carb or Keto diets, and it’s also gluten-free. Almond Flour is limited to Phase 2 or 3 for the original South Beach Diet, although there is not much almond flour on one piece of chicken so I probably wouldn’t worry too much about it!

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken was first posted in 2005 and was updated with better photos September 2008, and this recipe has been very popular on the site. The recipe was updated with more information and slight changes to make it lower in carbs and gluten-free in 2022.

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