Awesome Oven Fried Chicken Breasts with Bacon Crumbs!

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This is the ULTIMATE Family dinner that turns an ordinary chicken breast into an AWESOME treat!  Easy to make and amazingly delicious, it’s my  Awesome Oven Fried Chicken Breast with Bacon Crumbs and Honey!  I mean, c’mon it sounds pretty fantastic, right?  It’s healthier because it’s baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness! 

It starts with healthy, lean skinless and boneless chicken, which cooks nice and quick.  That gets coated with sweet honey and then fantastic combination of crispy bacon and garlic seasoned panko breadcrumbs.  Each bite delivers salty and smoky crunch on the outside and sweet moist and tender chicken on the inside.

This recipe is a great way to use a couple pieces of bacon leftover from another meal.  Click here to get 30 More Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!

IS THIS REALLY HEALTHIER WITH BACON?

Well, let’s start with answering the question: healthier vs. what?  Is it better for you vs. a deep fried chicken on the bone with skin?  Heck, YES!  Let’s compare to one of the popular fast food deep fried chicken breast recipes.  This popular brand’s original chicken breast recipe will deliver you 390 calories and 21g of Fat in 1 breast, which is considered 1 serving.

However, in this recipe, you are getting only 208 calories and 4g of Fat per serving.  First, you are eliminating the skin, which is very high in calories and fat.  Second, we are using a very small amount of oil by spraying it and then baking it.  So, even adding back in some calories and fat with the bacon will not dramatically add back the calories.  In fact, since a small amount of back goes such a long way with infusing flavor, we only need 2 strips in this recipe!  

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH THE ULTIMATE CHICKEN?

Well, aside from some great Remoulade Dipping Sauce (my absolute favorite!) there are lots of different things that could go great with this chicken!

My favorite side is pictured above and it’s my Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash! You can also try a simple Mesclun Salad with a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette or Roasted Carrots with an Avocado Crema, or try my favorite Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice!

If you want something a bit heartier – and cheesier – try my Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole, which is great for a large group!

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For the breadcrumbs, the easiest way to blend in the bacon into the panko is with a food processor. I use my go-to mini food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you can crush up the bacon in a baggie if it’s super crispy. If its a bit chewy, finely chop with a knife and then stir it into the breadcrumbs.

You will also need 3 medium bowls and a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) to bake the chicken in the oven.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR OVEN FRIED CHICKEN BREAST

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This is such a simple recipe without having to worry about a messy pot of oil that splatters all over!

You need 3 bowls that have a wide top for easy dipping of the chicken breasts. Each bowl will have it’s own fork.  One is for the flour mixture, the second is for the eggs and honey, and the third is for the bacon breadcrumbs.

Bacon and breadcrumbs in food processor for Oven Fried Chicken Breast.  The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Bacon and breadcrumbs blended in food processor for Oven Fried Chicken Breast.  The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

3 bowls on counter for Oven Fried Chicken Breast.  One bowl has flour, another has honey and eggs, and the last has breadcrumbs. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

If your chicken breasts are not already sliced thin, slice them from the side to create 6 thin pieces.

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Can I use other Cuts of Chicken?

Well, yes, but this recipe really is for Chicken breasts.  You can use chicken tenders or boneless chicken thighs, but I would not use legs or wings for this one.

Can I leave out the Bacon?

Of course!  The bacon is not necessary, but I would substitute in some parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup).  The bacon brings a nice salty flavor to the breadcrumbs and the parmesan will do the same.  If you leave both out, you might want to add a pinch more salt and 1/4 cup more panko breadcrumbs.

COOK YOUR OVEN FRIED CHICKEN BREAST 

For each chicken breast slice, you will be moving it through the assembly line dredging bowls.  Each bowl should have it’s own fork so that they do not get gooey and clumpy. 

The chicken first gets dredged in the flour mixture, then moves over to the honey-egg mixture to get coated.  Finally, it moves over to the bacon breadcrumbs and then on to the oiled sheet pan.

Raw chicken in bowl with flour and in a bowl with eggs for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Raw chicken in bowl of bacon breadcrumbs for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Raw chicken coated in bacon breadcrumbs on pan for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

When all chicken breasts have been coated and transferred to the sheet pan, spray them with the Olive Oil to moisten all of the breadcrumbs that you can. Gently flip the chicken breasts over and do the same to the other side.

Hand spraying oil on raw chicken coated in bacon breadcrumbs on pan for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Place in the oven on the center rack for 15 minutes.

After the first 15 minutes, remove the sheet pan and gently flip the chicken using a large spatula, gently scraping the pan as you flip to lift any crumbs that may be sticking. Once all are flipped, put back in the oven and bake for the final 10 minutes.

Oven Fried Chicken Breast on pan. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Oven Fried Chicken Breast on pan. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

Oven Fried Chicken Breast cut on plate with fork. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Oven Fried Chicken Breast cut on plate with Cauliflower mash and pan in background. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
Oven Fried Chicken Breast cut on pan with bacon in background. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
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Oven Fried Chicken Breast with Bacon Crumbs

This is the ULTIMATE Family dinner that turns an ordinary chicken breast into an AWESOME treat!  Easy to make and amazingly delicious, it's my Awesome Oven Fried Chicken Breast with Bacon Crumbs and Honey! It's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It starts with healthy, lean skinless and boneless chicken that is coated with sweet honey and then crispy bacon crumbs and garlic seasoned panko breadcrumbs.  Each bite delivers salty and smoky crunch with a sweet honey chicken inside.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon, Baked chicken, chicken, chicken dinner, easy chicken dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 208 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Breadcrumbs

  • 2 strips Cooked bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Other

  • 1 1/2 lb Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless (about 3 breasts or 6 thin cutlets)
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup All Purpose White flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil Spray
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Parsley, chopped

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. **Before you get started, make sure that your bacon strips are cooked and drained on a paper towel**

  2. You will need 3 bowls that have a wide top for easy dipping of the chicken breasts. Each bowl will have it's own fork. Bowl One: Mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Bowl Two: Whisk the eggs and honey together. Bowl Three will be for the breadcrumbs in the next step.

    3 bowls on counter for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. One bowl has flour, another has honey and eggs, and the last has breadcrumbs. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  3. In a food processor, add the panko breadcrumbs, bacon broken into pieces, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, salt, pepper. Pulse and then blend until crumbs are fine. It's ok to have small chunks of bacon the size of rice. Transfer the crumbs to Bowl three.

    Bacon and breadcrumbs in food processor for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  4. If your chicken breasts are not already sliced thin, slice them from the side to create 6 thin pieces.

Dredge & Cook

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Spray a large sheet pan with olive oil to coat the bottom.

  2. For each chicken breast slice, first coat in the flour mixture, then using the "Flour Fork", transfer to the egg/honey mixture. Using the "Egg Fork", dip and flip the chicken until all flour is coated, then transfer to the Breadcrumb bowl. Last, using the "Breadcrumb Fork" coat and flip the chicken until completely coated with the bacon and breadcrumbs. Transfer to the sheet pan.

    Raw chicken coated in bacon breadcrumbs on pan for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  3. When all chicken breasts have been coated and transferred to the sheet pan, spray them with the Olive Oil to moisten all of the breadcrumbs that you can. Gently flip the chicken breasts over and do the same to the other side. Place in the oven on the center rack for 15 minutes.

    Hand spraying oil on raw chicken coated in bacon breadcrumbs on pan for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  4. After the first 15 minutes, remove the sheet pan and gently flip the chicken using a large spatula, gently scraping the pan as you flip to lift any crumbs that may be sticking. Once all are flipped, put back in the oven and bake for the final 10 minutes.

    Oven Fried Chicken Breast on pan. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

    Oven Fried Chicken Breast cut on plate with fork. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

One-Pan Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Asparagus

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This One-Pan Parmesan Crumb Chicken and Asparagus is crispy, healthy, filling, easy, and delicious. The chicken is simply breaded with a mixture of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. The Asparagus is lightly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the entire pan with scallions for a mild onion flavor and this dish is loaded with amazing but simple delicious-ness!

This One-Pan Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Asparagus is crispy, healthy, filling, easy, and delicious.  The chicken is simply breaded with a mixture of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.  Asparagus is lightly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Finally, the scallions give a mild onion flavor.  This dish is loaded with amazing but simple deliciousness!

Parmesan breadcrumb chicken on cutting board with bite on fork and asparagus cut.

The best part of this recipe?  It’s ONE PAN!!  Try more ONE PAN or ONE POT recipes:

Time for Asparagus

Asparagus crops are harvested from late February to June, with April being the prime month.  However, you can find asparagus anytime of year, you just may pay a bit more for it.  If you cannot find affordable, fresh asparagus, DO NOT USE frozen, it will not be crisp, it will instead be mushy.  I would swap with green beans or broccoli instead.

Do your kids eat asparagus?  Roasting it brings out all of the natural sugars, gives it a soft enough texture, but also an almost crispy-crunchy outside so that kids can pick it up and eat it like french fries.  For my kids, being allowed to pick up food with their fingers ALWAYS increases my chances of successfully getting them to eat it!.

SUPER GOOD FOR YOU! 

Asparagus is low in calories (ehem, for those of us that caught a glimpse of ourselves in swimsuits over spring break🙄), but it’s loaded with vitamins!  It has vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber (Health.com, 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Asparagus).  

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR BAKED PARMESAN CRUSTED CHICKEN & ASPARAGUS

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead! (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can really prepare everything ahead in either storage bags or containers.  If you’re not prepping in advance, then you do not need to place the ingredients in bags or containers, simply place in bowls or leave on the cutting board.

chicken, asparagus, breadcrumbs, scallions, and egg all in baggies on counter

First, rinse the asparagus, cut off the woody ends and then place in a storage container or bag.  Add to the asparagus 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Slice the scallions into thin strips and mix the parmesan crumb mixture.  Finally, slice the chicken breasts into 1 inch wide strips and put in a 1 gallon sealable bag.

If you are prepping ahead, place all baggies and 1 egg on the sheet pan for storing in the fridge.

chicken, asparagus, scallions, and breadcrumbs all in baggies with egg in a pan for storing in the fridge.

LET’S COOK YOUR PARMESAN CRUSTED CHICKEN & ASPARAGUS!  

Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees and spray a large sheet pan with olive oil cooking spray.  Pull your ‘kit’ out of the fridge.

Crack the egg into a medium size bowl (big enough to fit a couple pieces of chicken at a time).  Or beat the eat and add to the container with the chicken to make this even easier!

Pour the parmesan-breadcrumb mixture into a pie pan, deep dish, or large bowl.

Ok, now put it all together!  Dip each chicken strip into the egg wash and then coat with the parm-breadcrumbs. Then place on sheet pan that has been coated with olive oil cooking spray.  Spray the top of each chicken piece lightly as well and then put into oven.

Raw chicken breaded on pan

 

After the chicken has cooked for 15 minutes, take it out and flip each piece over.  Then and add the Asparagus to the pan with the chicken and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

The Chicken will be browned and crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside.  The asparagus will be slightly tender, but still slightly crisp and fresh with a delicious gentle roasted char to the outside.

 

Get the detailed recipe below…ENJOY!!
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One-Pan Parmesan Crumb Chicken and Asparagus

This One-Pan Parmesan Crumb Chicken and Asparagus is crispy, healthy, filling, easy, and delicious.  The chicken is simply breaded with a mixture of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.  The Asparagus is lightly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Sprinkle the entire pan with scallions for a mild onion flavor and this dish is loaded with amazing but simple delicious-ness!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 496 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Asparagus, 1 bunch
  • 16 oz Chicken Breasts
  • 3/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 Egg

Instructions

Prep Ahead to make your 'Kit'

  1. Get a large bowl or small sheet pan for storing all of the 'kit' prepped food on.  Note, this is not the bowl/pan you will necessarily cook with later as you need a large sheet pan for cooking and that may not be ideal for storing in your fridge.

  2. Rinse the asparagus and cut off the woody ends, usually this will be about 1 inche off the end.  Place the asparagus in a 1 gallon sealable bag and toss with 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Place bag on sheet pan for storing in fridge.

  3. Slice the scallions into thin strips.  Put in small baggie and place on sheet pan for storing in fridge.

  4. Mix the parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 fresh ground pepper.  

  5. Slice the chicken breasts into 1 inch wide strips and put in a 1 gallon sealable bag.  Place bag on sheet pan for storing in fridge.

  6. Place 1 egg on the sheet pan for cracking when you are ready to cook.  Now on your storage sheet pan you will have: 1. bag of seasoned asparagus 2. bag of sliced scallions 3. bag of parm-breadcrumb mixture 4. bag of cut chicken strips 5. one egg.  The only thing left is the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which you do not need to put on the sheet pan.

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a large sheet pan (I used an 18 inch) with olive oil cooking spray.  Pull your 'kit' out of the fridge.

  2. Crack the egg into a medium size bowl (big enough to fit a couple pieces of chicken at a time).  In a separate bowl of similar size, pour in the parmesan-breadcrumb mixture.

  3. Dip each chicken strip into the egg wash and then coat with the parm-breadcrumbs.  Then place on sheet pan that has been coated with olive oil cooking spray.  Spray the top of each chicken piece lightly as well.

    Raw chicken breaded on pan
  4. Sprinkle 1/4 of the scallions over the chicken, then place in the oven for 15 minutes.  

  5. After the chicken has been in the oven for 15 minutes, take the pan out and flip each piece of chicken over.  Then add the asparagus to the pan, in and around the chicken.  Sprinkle another 1/4 of the scallions over top and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

  6. After a total of 30 minutes in the oven, the chicken should be completely cooked through...browned and crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside.  The asparagus will be slightly tender, but still slightly crisp and fresh with a delicious gentle roasted char to the outside.  Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

  7. No additional sides are needed for this absolutely simple, satisfying, and delicious dish!  Enjoy!