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Crispy Onion Parmesan Chicken

Crispy Onion Parmesan Chicken ~ easy, crispy and juicy chicken made with mayonnaise, parmesan and canned fried onions, on the table in 30 minutes.

Onion Parmesan Chicken breasts in serving dish.

A few years ago, I tried the parmesan chicken recipe off the Hellmann's mayonnaise jar.  Do you know that one?  It was super easy, the chicken was juicy and most importantly, Picky Eater liked it and she claims she doesn't like chicken.  You all know I'm not a boneless chicken breast fan, but I found myself staring at a couple last week. 

Onion Parmesan Chicken in serving pan.

I looked in the fridge, scoured the pantry, and thought about that Hellmann's recipe.  How about adding some Dijon mustard and crushed French fried onions?  Yeah, those canned onions people use for green bean casserole (everyone but me, I use them for a baked fish recipe).  That's how I came up with Crispy Onion Parmesan Chicken.


Ingredients on white board, labeled with text.


It's basically Hellmann's Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe with a few additions.  Super easy and perfect for weeknight dinners.

Preparing chicken breasts for baking, process photo collage.

  1. Season chicken breast halves with salt and pepper.
  2. Spread some Dijon mustard on each and then the mayo/parmesan mixture and then some seasoned bread crumbs.
  3. Top with the crushed fried onions and bake.

I really liked the flavor boost from the Dijon and fried onions.  The chicken was tender, juicy and crispy.  And best of all, it came together in 30 minutes, start to finish.  Just what I need during the week.

Baked chicken breasts displayed in enamelware pan.

This is one of the few ways I like boneless chicken breasts.  Try it some time, I bet you and your family would like it, too. ~ Kelly🍴🐦

Cutting into chicken with knife and fork.

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Baked chicken breasts displayed in enamelware pan.

Crispy Onion Parmesan Chicken

Easy, crispy and juicy chicken made with mayonnaise, parmesan and canned fried onions, on the table in 30 minutes.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 624kcal


  • ½ cup good quality mayonnaise Hellmann's, Best Foods or Dukes
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves about 1 pound
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 3 - 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 can French fried onions, crushed to make about 8 tablespoons


  • Preheat oven to 425º
  • Combine mayonnaise and parmesan cheese in bowl, set aside. Gently pound chicken breast halves between plastic wrap to thin slightly and make uniform pieces. Place pounded chicken on foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Spread about 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard on top of each breast half. Evenly top with mayonnaise mixture and then sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoned bread crumbs. Lastly, evenly top each with 2 tablespoons crushed fried onions.
  • Baked until the chicken is done and tops are browned, about 15 - 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • Sometimes I gently pound the chicken to be more uniform and thinner, or I cut in half horizontally if really big.  Just looking for four even sized boneless chicken breasts.
  • Inspired and adapted from Hellmann's Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe


Calories: 624kcal Carbohydrates: 20g Protein: 27g Fat: 47g Saturated Fat: 14g Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 90mg Sodium: 895mg Potassium: 453mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 116IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 72mg Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Thursday 21st of March 2024

I made this in my Shark combi cooker. 400° on combi bake for 12 min


Sunday 9th of April 2023

This is a great twist on Hellmans Parmesan crusted chicken, which we love and have been making for years. I messed up a little by adding the breadcrumbs to the crushed fried onions but it came out great. Love the little extra flavor boost from the Dijon mustard too.


Thursday 28th of April 2022

A staple for our house. Prefect for busy weeks dinner

Anita Liberatore

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

This has become a family favorite!


Friday 12th of July 2019

Yay! It's perfect for family weeknight dinners.


Friday 9th of November 2018

This was amazing! My husband couldn’t stop saying how good it was.


Monday 12th of November 2018

Good to hear, so glad you liked it.