16 Breaded Chicken Recipes That Will Satisfy Any Crunchy Craving
Chicken is a household favorite for weeknight suppers. Endlessly versatile, healthy, and affordable, chicken is the hero of the dinner table. If your usual chicken recipes are feeling monotonous, try one of our favorite breaded chicken recipes. Though "breaded" might translate to "unhealthy" or "fried" on a restaurant menu, we have some healthy breaded chicken recipes that are so much lighter than their takeout counterparts. For instance, our Air Fryer Buttermilk Chicken Tenders and Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Cutlets with Roasted Broccoli and Parmesan Cream Sauce offer two ways of cooking crunchy "fried" chicken without all the extra fat (and mess). Our Homemade Chicken Nuggets are the perfect on-the-go meal for picnics and road trips, and we're sure the kids wouldn't mind opening their lunch boxes to find our Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans. Looking to freshen up your ho-hum "al desko" lunch at work? Our Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dixie Chicken Salad with Grapes, Honey, Almonds, and Broccoli are full of texture and flavor you'll want to put on repeat. Plus, our Peanut Chicken Scaloppine and Pecan-Crusted Chicken and Tortellini with Herbed Butter Sauce are pretty enough for a dinner party. See? Breaded chicken recipes go way beyond heavy fried chicken entrées. We have delicious breaded chicken recipes for every member of the family.
Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
We added a Southern ingredient to the breading on this "fried" chicken for even more flavor and crunch—pecans!
Chicken Fingers Coated With Cheesy Snack Crackers
Breaded with the cheese crackers the kids already love, these baked chicken tenders are going to be their favorite meal.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Recipe: Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Be sure to read the recipe before making it—to get the best flavor, these homemade nuggets need plenty of time to marinate.
Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Blistered Tomatoes
This summery version of chicken piccata pairs beautifully with fresh, caramelized tomatoes.
Air Fryer Buttermilk Chicken Tenders
Oven-Fried Chicken with Spring Salad
A tangy caper vinaigrette and simple green salad are a match for lighter "fried" chicken from the oven.
Hot Sauce Fried Chicken with Pickled Okra Slaw
A quick coleslaw adds just the right amount of tang to a savory, spicy fried chicken main dish.
Peanut Chicken Scaloppine
Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Fried Chicken
Pimiento cheese AND fried chicken? We're in Southern comfort food heaven with this recipe.
Breaded Chicken Salad with Grapes, Honey, Almonds, and Broccoli
Who says salad is boring? Not this recipe! Full of flavor and texture from crispy chicken, crunchy broccoli, sweet grapes, and a tangy homemade vinaigrette, this salad will brighten up your workday lunch routine.
Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Cutlets with Roasted Broccoli and Parmesan Cream Sauce
Instead of dredging the chicken in eggs and panko breadcrumbs, this recipe uses a mixture of melted butter and Dijon mustard for the liquid component and Panko stirred together with crushed cornflakes cereal and Parmesan cheese for a breading with so much more taste.
Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
Roasted veggies are a healthy side for this lightened-up fried chicken that kids and adults will enjoy.
Pam Lolley's Crispy Chicken with Rice and Pan Gravy
Loyal Southern Living readers know that Pam Lolley's name is a sure sign that a recipe will be delicious.
Pecan-Crusted Chicken and Tortellini with Herbed Butter Sauce
Instead of breadcrumbs, this flavorful chicken is coated in chopped pecans for a nutty twist on fried chicken.
Chicken Fried Chicken
Recipe: Chicken Fried Chicken
Chicken fried steak is great and all, but why not try the method with the namesake? This skillet dinner will be a go-to in your family.
Pan-Fried Chicken-and-Ham Parmesan
This 30-minute supper is pretty enough for guests but easy enough for busy weeknights.