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Thanks to the flavorful, garlic and Parmesan topping, this Dump-and-Bake Parmesan Smothered Chicken stays moist and tender as it bakes in the oven. You serioulsy can’t go wrong with this dinner!

A close up of parmesan smothered chicken in a baking dish

This recipe was originally posted in May, 2013. The photos were updated in September, 2017.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! This is my kind of recipe – it tastes great, it’s good for you, my kids gobble it up, and it takes about 5 minutes to prepare! Oh, and your house will smell amazing while it cooks.

I like to keep it light and healthy by using a small container of plain Greek-style yogurt in the topping. That said, if you’re not a big fan of yogurt (or if you just don’t have any in your refrigerator right now), mayonnaise or sour cream work beautifully as an equal substitute.

A side shot of parmesan smothered chicken in a white dish

Low Prep Big Flavors

The main point is that you can pull this easy chicken breast recipe together at the last minute with just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

It takes a grand total of about 5 minutes to prepare before you pop it in the oven and your job is done! We could all use more recipes like that in our dinnertime arsenal, right?

Ingredients – Here’s What You Need;

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Parmesan
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • Pepper
  • Italian Breadcrumbs

A side shot of smothered chicken in a white dish

Cooking Just for Two?

You can modify this recipe to make as many chicken breasts as you need. For instance, if you only want to cook 2 chicken breasts, just cut the topping ingredients in half as well. You can bake the chicken in a smaller dish, but the cooking instructions remain the same.

An overhead shot of smothered chicken in a white oval dish

Serving Suggestions

The simple flavors in this dish pair really nicely with a variety of sides, too. I have served it with pasta and marinara sauce, with rice, with pasta tossed in pesto sauce, or just with a loaf of crusty garlic bread (that you can heat in the oven at the same time).

Add a salad, some green beans, steamed broccoli, or a satisfying Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole on the side and you’ve got an amazingly delicious (and amazingly EASY) meal!

Plus, this is a great option if you’re cooking for just two people. You can easily scale down the ingredients to suit as many mouths as you need to feed!

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Smothered Baked Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 310 kcal
Thanks to the Parmesan topping, this Dump-and-Bake Smothered Parmesan Chicken stays moist and tender as it bakes -- with only 5 minutes of prep!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs. total)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 6 ounce container plain Greek yogurt (or you can substitute with about 3/4 cup of mayonnaise or sour cream)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 teaspoons Italian-style breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place chicken in prepared dish and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, yogurt, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper.
  • Spread cheese mixture evenly over chicken. Lightly sprinkle breadcrumbs over chicken (about 1 teaspoon per chicken breast).
  • Bake, uncovered, for about 40 minutes.


Cooking Just for Two? You can modify this recipe to make as many chicken breasts as you need. For instance, if you only want to cook 2 chicken breasts, just cut the topping ingredients in half as well. You can bake the chicken in a smaller dish, but the cooking instructions remain the same.


Serving: 1large chicken breast (about 8 ounces) with toppingCalories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 3.6gProtein: 59gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 612mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2g
Keyword: Parmesan Chicken, Smothered Chicken
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: The Seasoned Mom

Hey, I’m Blair!

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  2. Lois Knight says:

    5 stars
    I have a small community newsletter I publish once a week and would love to include some of your recipes for my readers. Proper credits will always be given. Can you let me know?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Lois! Thanks for checking! I don’t typically allow my full recipes to be published, but instead prefer a link back to my site for the full recipe. That said, if it’s just a small group that receives your newsletter, I’m okay with it! 🙂

  3. Megan says:

    HI, just saw this linked on your weekly blog update last Sunday, and made it last night. Wow! It was really, really good! I used sour cream instead of greek yogurt. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome! So glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Megan! 🙂

  4. Karly says:

    Any recipe that includes “dumping” is gonna be a winner in my book. Can’t believe how simple and delicious this looks!

    1. Blair says:

      Exactly, Karly! We like to “cook” the same way! 🙂

  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Yum! I think this would become a favorite in my household! I’m always looking for new ways to prepare chicken, and I love using Parmesan. Such a great idea to use Greek yogurt to keep it on the lighter side!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Gayle! This dish is right up your alley! 🙂

  6. Sharon says:

    5 stars
    made this last night for company. So easy and delicious. I used sour cream and it worked great. The recipe covered 8 small chicken breasts. My company all loved it. Thx!

    1. Blair says:

      Wonderful! I’m so glad that it was a hit, Sharon. Thank you!