Panko Parmesan Chicken

Panko Parmesan Chicken, in this recipe, is a boneless, skinless chicken breast dipped in melted butter (or oil), breaded in a mixture of panko and Parmesan cheese with paprika and then baked. Using panko bread crumbs for the breading for Panko Parmesan Chicken imparts a crispness that almost tastes like fried chicken.

What is Panko?

Panko means “small piece of bread” in Japanese. Japan developed panko crumbs during World War II when Japan was fighting Russia. Panko is made from a high protein wheat flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Then a most unusual procedure happens – the bread used as the base for panko is not baked traditionally but rather the dough is placed between metal plates and an electric current passes through the metal plates, baking the bread!

Panko is also different from other bread crumbs in that panko has a jagged coarse texture, sometimes described as flakier, fluffier crumbs than a traditional bread crumb, which allows it to crisp up like a fried food even when it is baked or toasted. Panko crumbs absorb the seasonings and flavors of the food with which it is used as it has no real flavor of its own. It seems to absorb less grease than a traditional bread crumb.

Panko is used extensively in Asian cuisine, particularly with fish and seafood. In Western Cuisine, panko may be sprinkled on top of Macaroni and Cheese Casserole, then dotted with butter for a light, toasty topping. Panko may be used in preparing onion rings, crab cakes and chicken nuggets also.

The Recipe

Panko Parmesan Chicken for Two
Serves 2
Chicken breasts breaded with a crumb mixture of panko and Parmesan cheese spiced with paprika then baked.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  2. 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  3. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  4. 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Combine panko, Parmesan cheese and seasoning in a bowl.
  2. Place melted butter in another container.
  3. Dip chicken breasts in melted butter, then roll in crumb mixture until well-coated.
  4. Place chicken breasts in 8" or 9" baking dish.
  5. Pour remaining melted butter over top of breaded chicken breasts.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 35 minutes.


Panko Parmesan Chicken is fairly simple to prepare. Dip chicken breasts in butter and then roll them in the Parmesan-panko mixture until breasts are covered with crumbs. Place breaded chicken breasts in 8″ or 9″ baking dish.

Bake Panko Parmesan Chicken for 35 minutes at 400°F.

Serve with pasta, rice or potatoes.

Closing Comments

*Other bread crumbs may be substituted for the panko. I’ve used Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing and crushed it into smaller pieces to use in this recipe also.

*Try using other spices instead of paprika in this recipe such as Italian seasoning or lemon pepper.

*If you don’t want to use butter in this recipe, try using olive oil or melted coconut oil.

Panko Parmesan Chicken is a great recipe for a quick meal since the chicken bakes in 35 minutes. If you’ve never tried panko before, give it a try!

Have you checked out the other chicken recipes on this website? If not, check out Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce, Paprika Chicken, Creamy Baked Chicken Breasts, Grilled Chicken Fingers with Peanut Sauce, and Coconut Almond Chicken.

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Panko Parmesan Chicken for Two — 37 Comments

  1. I love panko crusted chicken! Panko always gives such a good crunch. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. Hi Samantha, Yes, panko really does make a crispier crust, I think! Hope you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  3. I have been looking for a new chicken recipe! THanks so much for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Up! It looks delicious.

  4. Hi Laura, Hope you enjoy the Panko Parmesan Chicken! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  5. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  6. Yum! May have to make these this weekend! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  7. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Visit us on Sunday and grab your badge. we invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon.

  8. Hi Marilyn, Thanks so much for choosing Panko Parmesan Chicken to feature on Over the Moon this week-end! I appreciate it and thank you for hosting! Blessings, Janet

  9. I’ve made these with a similar recipe and it is one of our family’s favorite chicken meals. Thanks for sharing this week.

  10. Thank you for linking up with Share the Love blog party. Glad to have you, hope to see you next week.

  11. Hi Michelle, This recipe is one of my husband’s favorites, too. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! See you next time! Blessings, Janet

  12. This sounds soooo yummy, I love using panko bread crumbs for that light yet crunchy texture. Thanks for sharing this, found you at Over the Moon!!

  13. Janet, this panko parmesan chicken looks and sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing your recipe at Sweet Inspiration!

  14. I love using panko now and then. Always looking for new recipes. Looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. I make something like this, but boy did it turn out beautifully with the panko! Thanks for bringing this by Fiesta Friday!


  16. I love cooking with panko. I’m going to have to give your recipe a try. Thanks again for sharing at FF.

  17. This sounds delicious and I love that it’s baked rather than fried! Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Living Link Party.
    Blessings, Leigh

  18. Hi Keri, Thanks for your comments – this recipe is one of my husband’s favorites! Thanks also for hosting Sweet Inspiration! Blessings, Janet

  19. Hi Mollie, Always good to hear from you! This is one of my husband’s favorite chicken recipes that I make. Hope you enjoy it soon! Thanks for your visit. Blessings, Janet

  20. Hi Scarlett, Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the Panko Parmesan Chicken! Blessings, Janet

  21. Hi Leigh, I also like that it’s baked instead of fried – I’ve never cared much for fried food. Hope you get a chance to try this recipe soon. Thanks for your visit! Blessings, Janet

  22. I’m going to share this recipe with the head chef – it looks and sounds delicious.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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