Easy Crispy Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breast Recipe – Best Ever!

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You won’t believe how crispy and brown this breaded chicken is on the outside, and how moist and tender it is on the inside! If your chicken breast always turns out dry, you need this recipe!

Crispy Breaded Chicken Breast

Just say No to dry chicken breast! This delicious crispy brown breaded coating protects the chicken breast from drying out and seals the juices inside!  Even those people who normally go for chicken thighs love this tender and soft chicken breast, it’s so delicious!

An awesome thing about this recipe is that you don’t need a deep fryer to make this breaded chicken.  This crispy breaded chicken is not deep fried, it is pan fried!  All you need is a frying pan to make this yummy chicken with the beautiful breading that is so deeply golden brown in color, so uniform and so crispy!

Pan-Fried Crispy Breaded Panko Crusted Chicken


This pan-fried breaded chicken recipe is so quick and easy to make, it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish!  This recipe is a must for your weeknight dinner rotation!  It also uses just 4 simple common ingredients – chicken breasts, dried bread crumbs, eggs and oil!  Doesn’t get any simpler and easier than that!

How To Make Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts

How To Make Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts

Super easy! Just heat the oil on a frying pan, dip the chicken in egg, then dip the chicken in bread crumbs, then pan fry for about 4 minutes on each side and your amazing breaded chicken is ready!

Here’s the tip you need to know for success with this recipe: your chicken breast should be thin, so it cooks quickly.  The chicken should be no thicker than 1 inch, actually the thinner the better.  There are several ways to achieve the thinness.  One way is to pound the chicken breast with a mallet to flatten it.  Another way is to roll the chicken breast with a rolling pin between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.  The third (simplest) way is to just slice the chicken breast with a knife into two thin layers – that’s what I usually do :)

I use just the basic seasonings – salt and pepper.  Feel free to add your favorite spices – onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, dried Italian herbs, etc. You can add them directly to the breading, or simply sprinkle on to the chicken when it’s already on the frying pan.  Enjoy!

Easy Crispy Breaded Chicken Breast

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Easy Crispy Breaded Chicken Breast

This easy pan-fried breaded chicken recipe is amazing! The breading is perfectly brown and crispy, the chicken inside is moist and tender, it's so juicy and delicious!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breaded chicken, fried chicken
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 498kcal

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  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 2 cups dried bread crumbs preferably Panko
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 tbsp oil

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  • If the chicken breasts are thicker than 1 inch, either pound them to a 1-inch thickness or slice them into 2 thin layers.
  • Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk with a fork.
  • Put the bread crumbs on a large plate.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Dip each chicken breast in eggs first on both sides, then dip in breadcrumbs on both sides, pressing into the bread crumbs so they stick better.
  • Put breaded chicken breasts on a frying pan, making sure they are not touching. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/3 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  • Cook for 4 minutes, then carefully flip the chicken with a spatula. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  • Cook the chicken for another 4 minutes, or until cooked through (uniformly white in the middle).


If you'd like to make it low-carb, use 1 cup of coconut flour instead of breadcrumbs :)
Also see: Crispy Coconut Chicken (low-carb)
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Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. I made this and my husband absolutely loved it. He talks about it all the. He calls it chicken chops.
    Melanie Nielson

  2. My super picky girls, 6 and 8, gobbled this up! I’m thrilled that I don’t have to buy bags of questionable chicken nuggets anymore….whoohoo!

  3. Well if I would have known it was this easy! I made chicken sandwiches tonight with avocado, bacon, and tomato. This was simple and quite yummy. I had to stop myself from eating all the chicken before making the sandwiches!

  4. Thank you! I had seemed to had forgotten how to cook chicken. But you reminded me in the simplest, best way. I will never forget you for this

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