This is my favorite lazy chicken recipe. It only has four ingredients (including the chicken) that perhaps you already have in your kitchen right now! It’s baked but crispy, a little cheesy, and it’s virtually impossible to over-cook the chicken and make it dry. Are you ready?
- About a pound or so of chicken breast — I get the thinly sliced chicken breast at the store because they’re more even thickness than regular chicken breast. If you get regular chicken that’s much thicker on one side than the other I would recommend using a kitchen hammer to even them out, or else they’ll take forever to cook. They work best if they’re about ½-¾” thick.
- 1 cup mayonnaise — If you’re one of those people that are like “ewwww mayonnaise is so gross!” don’t worry, the finished product doesn’t taste like mayonnaise. I know we just met, but you’re going to have to trust me. It’s like how ketchup doesn’t really taste like tomatoes.
- ½ cup (at least) grated parmesan cheese
- 1-2 cups bread crumbs (regular or panko) — The bread crumbs are really flexible, depending on what your tastes are. Sometimes I use the Italian bread crumbs because they already have spices in them. Sometimes I use regular bread crumbs and add my own spices. Or if you really love parmesan (who doesn’t?!) you can use regular bread crumbs and mix in some parmesan for extra cheesy goodness. I usually use panko bread crumbs because they get crispier, but regular old fashioned bread crumbs work fine too.
Step 1: In a bowl, mix 1 cup of mayonnaise (I eyeball it, it’s okay if it’s a little more or less) and ½ cup parmesan cheese (again, eyeball it, save yourself another thing to wash after dinner). It will get to a weird grainy consistency. Perfect.
Step 2: Now take a piece of chicken and put it on a plate. Use a fork (or one of those fancy silicone kitchen brushes) to smear the mayo/parmesan mixture onto the top of the chicken. It doesn’t have to be perfect or all the way to the edge. Just get most of it covered.
Step 3: Then sprinkle the bread crumbs (or bread crumbs and parmesan or other spices mixture) on the top. Don’t get it too thick or else it won’t crisp up. Just one layer of crumbs. Gently pat down the bread crumbs so they stick to the mayo/parmesan.
Step 4: Now, put it in a greased pan (I use a 13×9” glass baking dish and it holds one pound of chicken perfectly) with the bread crumb side down.
Step 5: Repeat the mayo/parmesan and bread crumb process to the other side of the chicken that’s now face up in the pan.
Step 6: Bake in a 400° oven for 30-40 minutes. I do 40 minutes because I have an irrational fear of under-cooking chicken. Because of the mayonnaise, the chicken stays moist and won’t dry out if you cook it for a while.
Step 7: Now, go have a drink and make your partner make the side dishes, because you did all the hard work. You deserve it.
Step 8: You’ll know when it’s done when the bread crumbs on the top start to get toasty and the crumbs in the bottom of the pan are getting very toasty.
It goes really well with asparagus and mashed potatoes. And of course, sprinkle more parmesan all over everything else on your plate. Eat your delicious chicken, and eat up the compliments you’ll get on the super impressive grown-up dinner that you just made.