This Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken is on my meal plan this week, and it’s one of my favorite quick and easy chicken recipes. I love making chicken breasts or cutlets for dinner because they’re so simple and versatile, but they don’t always turn out great. They dry out easily, and can sometimes be lacking in flavor. This recipe is great because it’s an easy weeknight dinner that’s a lot more flavorful than most chicken breast recipes, and doesn’t get dried out. The marinade is to die for, and it has a wonderful garlic-y, fresh flavor.
So, what makes this recipe especially easy? Instead of breading each piece of chicken by hand, you just have to quickly toast the breadcrumbs, then use them to top the chicken breasts. You don’t have to go through all the dipping and breading but you still get the satisfying texture and flavor of the breadcrumbs.
This recipe calls for chicken cutlets, not chicken breasts which I use most often, so I use this tip from Real Simple to make my own cutlets out of chicken breasts. I had some chicken breasts from Costco in my freezer which were huge, so I actually only needed two chicken breasts to make the 8 cutlets. Once I sliced each breast in half horizontally, I cut it in half vertically, leaving me with 8 cutlets ready to go.
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 8 chicken cutlets
- 4 tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs
- 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
- Prepare the marinade by combining the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, water, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Add marinade and chicken cutlets to a gallon size zip bag and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, ideally overnight.
- When ready to cook, heat a skillet over medium heat and lightly spray with cooking spray. Lightly toast breadcrumbs in the skillet for 2-3 minutes, and once toasted combine with Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
- Re-spray the skillet with cooking spray and add chicken cutlets. Cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
- Once the chicken is cooked, top each cutlet with about 1 tablespoon of the breadcrumb mixture and serve immediately.