Breaded Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Thighs

Instead of frying, these breaded chicken thighs are baked in the oven. Chicken thighs are more juicy than chicken breasts, and more forgiving, if they stay in the oven a minute too long. It's always best to rely on a meat thermometer, though. Nearly any vegetable or salad will work as a side. I pulled out some leftovers and hardly anyone noticed because of the tasty chicken.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • avocado oil cooking spray

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 cup Italian-style panko bread crumbs

  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan or roasting dish with avocado oil.

  2. Stir egg, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a wide shallow bowl until well combined. Combine panko and Parmesan cheese on a plate.

  3. Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Dip each thigh into the egg mixture, then place on the panko mixture and cover both sides with crumbs, shaking off any excess. Transfer to the prepared pan in a single layer, and spray the tops lightly with avocado oil.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 25 to 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of each thigh should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

I used spray avocado oil, but you can use any spray cooking oil you like for that extra bit of crunch.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

246 Calories
12g Fat
10g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 664mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 197mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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