Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken With Zucchini

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Crispy parmesan garlic chicken with zucchini is a fantastic one-pan meal that the family will love. Crispy chicken is breaded with an amazing parmesan garlic crust paired with tender zucchini sautéed to perfection!

With easy prep, no mess, and big flavor, one-pan meals are the best! Vegetable curry, chili lime chicken, and fajitas are some of my other favorites to add to the dinner lineup this week!

Cooked parmesan garlic chicken and zucchini in a white bowl.

One-Pan Parmesan Garlic Chicken With Zucchini Recipe

Zucchini is my favorite vegetable, so as you can imagine, I get pretty excited when it is actually in season! My favorite way to eat zucchini is to sauté it until tender. I decided to put my favorite textures together in this dish- fresh and tender zucchini with flavorful, crispy chicken. Enhancing these tasty foods with the amazing flavors of parmesan and garlic seemed like the best course of action from there, and boy did it create a mouthwatering dish! It coats the chicken perfectly and gives the whole dish an incredible crispy texture. The awesome thing about this recipe is that I had all of the ingredients on hand. So, for those times when you are staring into the depths of your pantry, wondering what you can make that is tasty, healthy, and not overly time-consuming, this crispy chicken with zucchini recipe is the answer.

My entire family devours it. We cannot get enough of the crispy flavorful crust on the chicken. And the best part of it all? It is packed with protein while also being low in fats and carbs! Honestly, this is like the healthy, KFC-Esque dinner of my dreams. As if you needed more reasons to make this, it all goes in one pan, leaving you with fewer dishes to do! Just 30 minutes will create a nutritious, keto-friendly meal loaded with savory and crispy goodness. Your wallet, diet, and stomach will thank you.

Chicken With Zucchini Ingredients

This is the perfect recipe for using leftover zucchini and chicken breasts! Just a few additional pantry staples with leave you with the most flavorful, delicious result. You can find each individual measurement in the recipe card below.

  • Chicken Breasts: For this recipe, I use boneless and skinless chicken breasts. You can either slice 2 large breasts in half or use 4 thin chicken breasts.
  • Butter: This will be used for sauteing. Also, it gives your chicken and zucchini a tasty rich flavor and helps them to cook up perfectly.
  • Italian Bread Crumbs: I like using Italian bread crumbs for a touch of flavor, but you can also opt for whole wheat bread crumbs to keep it health-conscious.
  • Grated Parmesan: Parmesan is what is going to give your dish its perfect, cheesy flavor. It also crisps up perfectly to help you achieve the best texture!
  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour in this recipe to give structure to the breading. You can also use whole wheat flour as an alternative.
  • Zucchini: I use medium-sized zucchini in this recipe, sliced.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic makes all the difference in getting the perfect, savory flavor. Minced cloves work best.

How To Make Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken and Zucchini

You are going to love how easily this recipe comes together for those quick weeknight dinners! You get restaurant-quality flavors without all the effort.

  1. Prepare Skillet: In a large skillet, over medium heat melt 2 Tablespoons of butter.
  2. Bread Chicken: Melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and flour. Dip the chicken in the butter and then coat in the bread crumb mixture and place in skillet.
  3. Cook: Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the outside is crispy and the chicken is cooked throughout. Set aside on plate.
  4. Saute Zucchini: Add 2 Tablespoons of butter back to the skillet and saute the minced garlic for a minute. Add the zucchini to the skillet and saute until tender. Salt and pepper to taste and add 1 Tablespoon parmesan. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for a minute or so. Serve immediately.
The process of making chicken and zucchini in a skillet.

Parmesan Garlic Chicken and Zucchini Quick Tips

This dish is super easy and super delicious, but try out some of these simple tips to get the best result every time!

  • Season Chicken: You can season your chicken with salt and pepper or Italian seasoning before breading for an extra pop of flavor.
  • Breading Will Not Stick: If you are having trouble getting your breading to stick, make sure your skillet is hot and butter is melted. Then, once you add your chicken to the pan, try not to move it until that side has cooked completely. Moving it prematurely can pull off all the crispy goodness.
  • Use a Thermometer: To avoid overcooking your chicken, I always recommend using a thermometer. Stop cooking once your internal temperatures reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, you could end up with chicken that is too dry.
  • Zucchini: You will want any zucchini you use to be slightly firm. If it is too soft, it won’t get that perfect tender sautéed texture. Also, keep the skin on! It isn’t hard to bite through and actually has a lot of nutritional benefits like stimulating collagen production and boosting your immune system!
  • Uniform Slices: It is important to try and keep zucchini slices roughly the same size so they cook at the same rate.

Storing Leftover Parmesan Garlic Chicken and Zucchini

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it also stores like a champ! Kids can easily heat it up for a tasty, nutritious lunch.

  • In the Refrigerator: Chicken and zucchini will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • In the Freezer: In an airtight container, store your chicken and zucchini in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight before reheating.
  • Reheating: The best way to retain moisture in your chicken while also keeping it crispy is to reheat it in a skillet. Cook over medium until internal temperatures reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir zucchini pieces often to ensure they cook through completely.
Close-up of crispy parmesan garlic chicken and zucchini.

What to Serve With Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Parmesan garlic chicken and zucchini is a dish that can easily be served on its own. But for more healthy carbs, you could serve this up with a scoop of brown rice. It also tastes amazing alongside other crispy foods like fries or chips. Have an overload of zucchini at home? You could even make baked zucchini fries as a healthier side.

Slice cut out of parmesan garlic chicken with zucchini.


Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini

4.76 from 29 votes
Crispy parmesan garlic chicken with zucchini is a fantastic one-pan meal that the family will love. Crispy chicken is breaded with an amazing parmesan garlic crust paired with tender zucchini sautéed to perfection!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Chicken Breasts sliced in half, or 4 thin chicken breasts
  • 8 Tablespoons butter divided
  • ½ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon grated parmesan divided
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 medium zucchini sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 Tablespoons butter. To make the chicken: Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and flour. Dip the chicken in the butter and then coat in the bread crumb mixture and place in skillet.
  • Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the outside is crispy and the chicken is cooked throughout. Set aside on plate.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of butter back to the skillet and saute the minced garlic for a minute. Add the zucchini to the skillet and saute until tender. Salt and pepper to taste and add 1 Tablespoon parmesan. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for a minute or so. Serve immediately.

Notes

Updated on August 4, 2021 
Originally Posted on July 24, 2016

Nutrition

Serves: 4

Calories418kcal (21%)Carbohydrates17g (6%)Protein27g (54%)Fat27g (42%)Saturated Fat15g (75%)Cholesterol133mg (44%)Sodium532mg (22%)Potassium453mg (13%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A763IU (15%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium42mg (4%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken and zucchini, crispy chicken and zucchini
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this a couple weeks ago. Loved it!
    I’m making again tonight for my birthday.
    It’s easy and i had no issues at all. I always do half butter and olive oil because I will burn butter every time.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a good recipe as is. I used butter to coat the chicken, then realized I might rather use some EVOO (with the butter remaining in the chicken pan) to cook the zucchini. (my concern was that I couldn’t raise the heat when cooking in butter, for fear i’d burn the butter.) I cut a large chicken breast lengthwise, to make 4 thinner long strips, and they cooked easily in the time suggested. Next time I might use olive oil to cook both the chicken and the zucchini. I added some Italian seasoning to the bread crumb/parmesan mix, and it added a nice flavor. We grow zucchini in our garden, and always have too much! So I’ll make this again for sure.

  3. I used Panko bread crumbs added garlic powder, chicken came out perfect, tender and juicy.
    I had a few carrots I added to the zucchini. Good, needs a little more seasoning I think. But very good.

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my staple recipes – I absolutely LOVE it and everyone I serve it to gives it rave reviews. This will be a family favourite for years to come!

  5. 5 stars
    I find the recipe is on point. People complained about timing on chicken and I tested it all was cooked through. My only comment about that, if you use hormonal feed Tyson or Purdue chicken breast, those will need to be tenderized and sliced thinly for sure. We don’t eat a lot of chicken, so when I get any, it is always organic or from a trusted non hormone feed brand. Breasts from them are usually of normal chicken size most of us grew up to know. Smaller breast can be sliced once the long way and that’s it. 3 min per side is great. The. I just usually put in a separate pan and cover so they continue to cook (not on heat) by resting. Either way, it’s a good recipe. I will make it again.

  6. 5 stars
    My recipe for Parmesan Garlic Chicken is almost identical. My recipe calls for Oilive Oil (I use
    garlic infused oil) and grated lemon zest. It also does NOT call for flour. I mix the Garlic herb
    bread crumbs, parmesan cheese , lemon zest & garlic together.
    Dip the chicken fingers or breasts cut up small in olive oil and then in the 4 ingredient mixture above. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
    Comes out wonderful== bread crumb mixture stays on. I bake it in my small Krups Convection oven, so I don’t have to use the large stove oven in the summer.

  7. 5 stars
    Very yummy flavor! As one reviewer stated, I had to cook the chicken and zucchini longer than it said. To use less butter, I did one egg white and only half the butter to dip the chicken in. Will definitely make again!!

  8. Very easy, and delicious. I wish I had made more zucchini because it was so good. Adding this to my summer rotation.

    Thanks!

  9. 3 stars
    Real cook review here….
    Breading didn’t stay on the chicken.
    After cooking 4 minutes on each side in the pan, the chicken was still not cooked on inside.
    1 minute for the zucchini didn’t soften it.
    I ended up finishing both on my
    george foreman grill.
    Took more than 30 minutes to cook.
    Haven’t tasted it yet….

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