Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs


These garlic parmesan chicken thighs are delicious, healthy, and always a crowd-pleaser. Tender, juicy chicken thighs are coated with a zest breading, and then baked to golden brown perfection.

Closeup shot of garlic parmesan chicken thighs on plate

These delicious chicken thighs are a tasty, healthy alternative to fried chicken, and the zest flavor of parmesan and garlic makes this a dish that everyone always loves. It's one of my favorite chicken recipes to make. Once you try it, it'll be one of your favorites, too.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It's a golden, crunchy alternative to fried chicken.
  • The garlic, parmesan, and spices make a zesty flavor that everyone loves.
  • These thighs are juicy and cooked to perfection quickly and easily.

Top Tip:

Gently tap your thighs to remove excess coating between dredging. This gives you the best texture on the outside of the thighs.

Closeup shot of garlic parmesan chicken thighs on plate


This delicious recipe only takes a handful of simple ingredients to make. The stars of the show are below, but you'll find the complete list along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Minced garlic
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic salt
  • Black pepper
Overhead shot of individual garlic parmesan chicken ingredients in bowls on table


It only takes a few simple steps to make this recipe. I'm including the highlights below to show you how simple it is. For the full instructions, see the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Create a dredging station, mixing eggs and garlic in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, parmesan, and spices in another bowl.

Overhead shot of a bowl with egg and garlic next to another bowl with breadcrumbs, parmesn, and spices

2: Dip the thighs in the egg mixture followed by the breadcrumb mixture.

Hand dipping a chicken thigh into a bowl of egg mixture
Hand coating a chicken thigh in breadcrumb mixture

3: Place the thighs on a baking sheet on a prepared baking sheet and bake until golden and the internal temperature is 160 degrees.

Overhead shot of raw garlic parmesan chicken thighs on baking sheet lined with foil
Closeup shot of garlic parmesan chicken thigh on spatula

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can make this recipe with chicken breasts, as well.
  • Pork chops are delicious with this coating.
  • Try adding cayenne or red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.


  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil


Refrigerator: Store for up to 3 days in an air-tight container.

Freezer: Place in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Reheat: Bake uncovered at 400 degrees until heated through and crispy again.

Closeup shot of forkful of garlic parmesan chicken thigh

What to Serve with Chicken Thighs

Like almost all chicken recipes, these garlic parmesan chicken thighs are so delicious with just about any side you can imagine from casseroles to roasted vegetables. Some of my favorite pairings are:


  • Don't overload your chicken when dredging. Give it a light tap to knock off the excess.
  • Be sure your chicken reads at least 160 degrees to ensure flavor and safety.
  • The larger the baking sheet the better for air flow.
Closeup shot of garlic parmesan chicken thighs on plate


Can chicken thighs be pink when cooked?

Yes. As long as the temperature is 160 degrees, it's fully cooked. color doesn't equate to doneness.

Why can't chicken be medium rare?

Poultry meat and eggs carry the risk of salmonella, which is both hard to kill and far more dangerous than other food poisoning bacteria.

Are chicken thighs healthy?

They sure are. They're loaded with iron and protein, and this healthier recipe uses a coating that doesn't add a ton of fat or calories.

Closeup shot of garlic parmesan chicken thighs on plate with one thigh cut in half.

More Chicken Recipes

Recipe Name

Ready to cook these delicious chicken thighs? Then print the recipe card below.

Yield: 4 servings

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs

Garlic parmesan chicken thighs are coated in a delicious garlic parmesan breading and then baked to golden brown perfection. Tasty and easy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Prepare a small baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg and garlic together.
  4. In another small bowl, mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and pepper together. 
  5. Dip each chicken thigh into egg mixture, then coat them with the breadcrumb mixture.  
  6. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160ºF.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 316Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 194mgSodium 938mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 34g

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