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Easy Mayo Parmesan Chicken without breadcrumbs is a delicious recipe using chicken with mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. An easy weeknight meal and a family favorite that is also budget friendly!

plate of mayo parmesan chicken without breadcrumbs with egg noodles

Mayo Parmesan chicken is such an easy recipe that I make it several times a month. Luckily, my whole family loves this delicious recipe, so no complaints. My picky eaters approve!

I make my Parmesan crusted chicken recipe without breadcrumbs, but I know some folks like to add Italian breadcrumbs to this easy chicken recipe for a crispy crust.

You can add them if you like, but we love this melt in your mouth chicken as is.

This chicken dish comes together quickly with little prep. And in less than 30 minutes, you get tender juicy chicken that you can literally cut with a fork!

Serve with pasta, green beans, broccoli, peas or salad for a complete meal.

chicken breasts, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese and seasonings


You only need a few simple ingredients for this easy dinner recipe. You should be able to find them in your local grocery store.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts — Split breasts or thin chicken breasts work well
  • Mayonnaise — Any real mayonnaise like Best Foods, Hellmans or Kraft. Miracle Whip may change the flavor
  • Grated Parmesan cheese — Grate your own if you can
  • Seasonings — garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning

Note — You can add sea salt and black pepper to taste. I actually love salty foods, but I don’t add salt to this chicken mayo Parmesan recipe because there is plenty in the mayo and Parmesan.

If you are working with large chicken breasts, you may want to pound them lightly with a meat mallet so that they cook evenly.

How to Make Mayo Parmesan Chicken

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees f. Then, lightly grease a baking dish with non stick spray, olive oil or butter.

Add the mayo, Parm, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and onion powder to a small bowl or medium bowl. Stir well until it is completely blended.

stir mayonnaise, parmesan cheese and seasonings in bowl

Next, place chicken on the bottom of the baking dish. Use a spoon to place a dollop of the mayonnaise mixture on each piece of chicken.

spread mayo mixture over chicken breast in baking dish

Then, spread the Parmesan mixture evenly over the chicken. You can top the chicken with more grated Parm if you like. This will help form a crispier crust.

Or, wait until the chicken is almost done. Or both!

Place the chicken on the middle shelf of the preheated oven, uncovered.

chicken breasts coated with mayonnaise in baking dish

Cook Time

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees f according to a meat thermometer.

If you are using thicker pieces of chicken, you may have to add another 5 to 10 minutes of cooking time.

You can broil the top for about 5 minutes if you want it to be more golden brown. If the top of the chicken is getting too dark, you can cover it with aluminum foil until the chicken is done.

oven baked parmesan crusted chicken breasts in baking dish

I added some extra cheese and fresh parsley to the chicken before serving. Love that melted Parmesan cheese on top!

I recommend letting the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. This lets the juices settle and makes the tender chicken even juicier when cut!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Mayonnaise do for chicken?

Mayonnaise helps keep the chicken moist while baking since it contains eggs and oil.

What can I use instead of mayo?

You can use Greek yogurt or plain yogurt or sour cream. The flavor will change slightly, though.

What do you eat with Parmesan chicken?

Serve Parmesan chicken with a simple side salad, broccoli, green beans, peas. It is delicious over your favorite pasta.

mayo parmesan chicken breast on a plate

How to Store and Reheat

Place leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for 3 to 4 days.

To reheat mayo chicken, warm in in the oven on 275 to 300 degrees f until heated through. You can also reheat the mayonnaise chicken in the microwave or air fryer.

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

If you want crispy parmesan-crusted chicken, sprinkle Italian bread crumbs or panko crumbs over the chicken before baking.

You can make mayo Parmesan chicken recipe using chicken thighs or chicken tenders. The cooking times will vary.

You can sub yogurt or sour cream for mayo. The flavor will be slightly different, but you’ll still have juicy flavorful chicken!

5 from 10 votes

Mayo Parmesan Chicken

By: Dee
Easy Mayo Parmesan Chicken without breadcrumbs is a delicious recipe using chicken with mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. An easy weeknight meal and a family favorite that is also budget friendly!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 pounds
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste if desired
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees f
  • Grease a baking dish with non stick cooking spray
  • In a small bowl, combine mayo, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder until well blended
  • Place chicken breasts in bottom of baking dish
  • Spoon a dollop of the mayo mixture over each chicken breast
  • Spread the mixture evenly over the chicken until completely covered
  • Bake on middle rack in oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until internal temperature is at least 165 degrees according to a meat thermometer. Top with additional Parm or chopped parsley before serving, if desired


Recipe made with thin chicken breasts.
You can lightly pound larger pieces of chicken with a meat mallet so that they cook evenly and faster. You may need to cook chicken longer until internal temperature is 165.
Top with additional Parm over the mayo mixture before baking for a thicker crust, if desired.
Add salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 375kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 528mg, Potassium: 460mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 0.2g, Vitamin A: 169IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 128mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Linda Brock says:

    I made this for dinner tonight. I am cooking for two and we don’t want leftovers. I served a salad before the meal. I used one boneless medium chicken breast and butterflied the breast then cut in half for two servings. Sprayed a glass casserole dish with light coating of Pam I seasoned chicken with onion powder and mixed a slight 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and smoked paprika. Sprinkled Italian seasoning I also added a little more cheese on top. Baked at 375 for 15 minutes and turned oven off and removed in a couple minutes and let sit for about three minutes served with steamed broccoli and roasted yellow squash and onions. Hubby loves it I just told him it was a new recipe didn’t mention the mayonnaise. LOL I think the key is a light thin coating of the mayo mixture.I with make again and maybe use adapted version for fish with less mayo.5 stars

  2. Patrick says:

    Love this recipe. Easy to make but looks like you took forever! Company loved it too! Will make this one again soon!5 stars

  3. Erica says:

    This was an absolutely fabulous dinner! Easy and everyone loved it5 stars

  4. Cathy M says:

    I am always looking for new chicken recipes. This was so good, and my family loved it!5 stars

  5. PattiAnn says:

    How about cooking in the airfryer?
    Thanks5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I haven’t tested this recipe in an air fryer. But I’ll update when I do. Usually I cook chicken in the air fryer at 390 for 15 to 20 minutes or so.