Brenda’s Breaded Chicken with Garlic-infused Olive Oil – Perfect for a Weeknight Meal

Multi-tasking. We hear so much about it in the context of work, school, parenthood. But where it is most important to me is in the kitchen. I love multi-purpose ingredients and I especially adore cooking a meal that allows me to use up ingredients I have at home already and whose leftovers can be used in various ways.

Brenda's Breaded Chicken

This super-simple recipe from one of my dear friends, Brenda, qualifies for all of the above. There is not much to it, but one simple twist makes it stand out from your usual breaded chicken recipe: you dip the chicken in garlic-flavored olive oil instead of some sort of egg or milk mixture before coating with the breading. And if you have leftovers (unlikely!), there are lots of great ways to use them. The last time I made this chicken, I flavored the bread crumb mixture with Italian seasonings and used the leftover chicken to make chicken parmigiana sandwiches the next evening. You could cut the leftovers into strips and prepare a caesar chicken salad the next day… you get the idea.

The breading is also a smart way to use up leftover bread/bread crumbs/crackers/even cereal in your house. Use whatever strikes your fancy. Sometimes I use homemade crumbs from leftover bread, sometimes Japanese panko, sometimes store-bought bread crumbs, sometimes leftover crackers or even cereal that isn’t too sweet – corn flakes or raisin bran for example.

Brenda's Breaded Chicken

This recipe will be just approximations – you decide how much chicken and what type you want to use (boneless skinless thighs or breasts or pre-cut breast tenders), you decide what breading to use and what olive oil you have around and then you create. I’ve never used a written recipe for this — just a process or template. So that is what I will share with you, trying to give you some baselines for quantities.

Brenda's Breaded Chicken

Brenda's Breaded Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 264 kcal


  • Boneless skinless chicken - about 20 tenders 6 or 7 half breasts or 12 thighs
  • 2.5 cups bread crumbs cracker crumbs, or cereal (any combination you like)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 garlic cloves cut in half
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place garlic cloves and olive oil in a small saute pan on med low and let the oil and garlic heat up - but don’t let it boil. 5 or 10 minutes will do it. Then let it sit for a bit and cool down.
  2. While the oil is being infused with the garlic on the stove, prepare the bread crumb mixture on a large plate. Combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. (This step is where you can be creative if you want - add some cayenne or crushed red pepper; skip the Italian seasoning and go for cumin and chili powder; eliminate the parmesan cheese or use romano or asiago instead)
  3. Clean any excess fat from your chicken pieces or cut to equal serving size portions if you want to.
  4. Once olive oil is cooled down, dip each chicken piece in olive oil mixture and then bread crumb mixture and place on a non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. If you have extra bread crumbs, sprinkle the extra over the top of the chicken.
  6. Bake at 325 convect or 350 regular for about 20 minutes convect, 30 minutes regular (exact time will depend on thickness of chicken pieces and the temperature of your particular oven)
Brenda's Breaded Chicken

It’s delicious with a squeeze of lemon right before you eat it!

I have made this recipe 10 or 20 times with everything from breasts to thighs to pre-cut tenders and it has always been moist and flavorful. My family smiles when they see me making this and yes they frequently exclaim OMG! Yummy when they eat it. Really they do.

Brenda, who shared this recipe with me, is not only creative in the kitchen, she has one of the most positive attitudes about life of anyone I know. You can learn more about her approach to living a balanced, happy life on her web site: Clarity Works

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59 Responses to Brenda’s Breaded Chicken with Garlic-infused Olive Oil – Perfect for a Weeknight Meal

  1. Bonnie January 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Hello from SITS. Your recipe looks yummy. Great photography too. Can’t wait to try it.

    • omgyummy January 28, 2011 at 9:37 am #

      Let me know if you try it and what you think. I love feedback! Glad you liked the photos – some were mine and some were my son’s – aka Tech Savvy Teen.

  2. Priyanka January 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm #


    • omgyummy January 28, 2011 at 9:38 am #

      It really was (and is)! Give it a try.

  3. sandy corman January 27, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    sounds delish, so delish that even I may try it. (I say even because I hardly cook anymore)

    • omgyummy January 28, 2011 at 9:38 am #

      Yes, you can do it, really you can!

  4. Susan January 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Have never breaded and baked before. Sounds not terribly sinful and yummy. Will definitely try this. Thank you!

    • omgyummy January 28, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      Works just as well with kids as adults. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  5. Heather from Snacktive January 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    This looks so easy and delicious. I wish I had chicken thawed so I could make this tonight. Definitely making it soon! Thanks for sharing.

    • omgyummy January 28, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      You’re welcome. Thaw some chicken today and give it a try!

  6. Caren with a "C" January 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Came from SITS… I hadn’t thought of the olive oil dip instead of the egg/milk or mayo. I love substitutions in recipes! I’ll have to try this one. Pictures look great!

  7. ab home interiors January 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    OMG yummy is right!! So simple and sounds tasty!

  8. rsmacaalay January 29, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    Thats a perfectly baked breaded chicken.

  9. Julie M. January 29, 2011 at 5:09 am #

    Beth, this dish looks so good! I love the olive oil twist and I LOVE the squeeze of lemon. It makes me think of schnitzel. I adore schnitzel. Love that last snap as well! Enjoy your weekend!

    • omgyummy January 31, 2011 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks Julie! I have to admit my TechSavvyTeen jumped in on the last photo using my little camera and got that inspired angle and close-up. I want his eye – it’s amazing. And the lemon is my daughter’s influence – she is always the one to ask for a lemon wedge, even when it’s not obvious, and it’s always a good call. Hmmm – schnitzel – wonder how this would be with pork???

  10. annelies @ attune January 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    This recipe looks so easy! We find cereal makes a great alternative to breadcrumbs (esp. for GF versions of breading) and it’s a good way to use what’s in your cupboard.

    • omgyummy January 31, 2011 at 9:48 am #

      I totally agree and it is such an easy way to change up the flavor each time you make it. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. denice-KDCEvents January 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    YUMMY! I am off to do my food shopping today and I will be getting the items to make this!

    • omgyummy January 31, 2011 at 9:48 am #

      If you have time, pop back and let me know how it turns out!

  12. Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 January 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Mmmm…. I love a good baked chicken! The garlic infused olive oil must impart so much depth and flavor! I’ll definitely give these a try next time I do chicken for dinner!

    Thank you so much for stopping by on my SITS day! Your comments were hilarious and heartwarming, and I assure you that the admiration is mutual! Your friend, Jenn/Rook No. 17

    • omgyummy January 31, 2011 at 9:50 am #

      The oil gives it great flavor and really seals in the moisture, even when you use the white meat breast. Let me know when you make it Jenn. And yes, the admiration is mutual 🙂

  13. sheswrite February 3, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! This looks great and I already have all the ingredients in my kitchen, so thanks for the dinner idea! I love your blog.:)

  14. Priyanka February 3, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Hi…..Please visit my blog an award is waiting for you ….. 🙂

  15. Alexandra Román de Hernández February 4, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    I’m doing this next week, my husband started a litle diet and since is baked he’ll love it and the kids too.

  16. Leah @ LeahMarieV March 1, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    Gorgeous photos! I will have to try this out, sounds great! Happy SITS day!

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      Thanks! Hope you try it and like it! It’s a staple in our house!

  17. sheri March 1, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    Hello! This recipe looks delicious! I am a passionate cook too and really appreciate a good, quick and versatile mid-week meal. Looking forward to learning more about your site and happy for you on your “SITS” day! 🙂

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Thx Sheri. Early week I have energy, Midweek I start to drag so something easy but satisfying is always welcome. Stay passionate about your cooking and pass it on to others!

  18. Tabitha Blue March 1, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    This looks SO good, and simple… both things that I’m very interested in! Haha. Congrats on your SITS day!!!

  19. MARIE COLE March 1, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    I wonder if that would work for fish too….

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 5:55 am #

      Hmmm – good question – probably a firm fish like salmon or swordfish would work great. Probably a flakier fish would too – just have to be gentle while dipping and breading. Let me know if you try it!

  20. Brittany Stewart March 1, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    That looks pretty simple, even I could manage it!
    And so so good.
    That just might be dinner tomorrow. Thanks 🙂
    Think the man will love me for it.

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      He will and of course you can manage it. I just know it. Come back and let me know how it goes!

  21. Tara @ March 1, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    These look so crunchy & delicious!

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      Yum, can’t you just hear the sound as you bite into your first juicy, crispy bite? Go make this dish right now!

  22. misssrobin March 1, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    This does look and sound yummy. There are several picky eaters in my house and I think they would even eat this. I also like that you were specific when you mentioned substitutes; someone who doesn’t know much about cooking would feel confident playing with this recipe based on your suggestions.

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Thanks for that feedback – people tell me I should teach beginning cooking classes because I always include lots of details. Maybe it’s because I have kids or I just realize that I once knew very little and the more you learn, the more confidence you build. Go forth and conquer, I mean cook!

  23. Betsy March 1, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    I’m all about using up excess! Great post! Happy SITS day 🙂

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Kind of cathartic to clean out a shelf by using up the food, not just tossing it, isn’t it? A challenge to me every day to figure out how to use something up before it goes to waste. (but I don’t always succeed!)

  24. Ms Connie March 1, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Sounds delicious! My family loves garlic, so I am eager to try this. When I coat chicken in crumbs I like to add a bit of parmesan and Bisquick, which seems to help hold the coating together. Congrats on SITS Day!

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Yes – I do add parmesan but never thought about the Bisquick or flour in small amounts. Nice idea! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Jen March 1, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    My kids would LOVE this. Thank you.

    And Happy SITS day.

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      Happy kids, happy life. (think my husband says happy wife, happy life) but I always mix up my phrases and metaphors. I’m in my 40s, I’m allowed 🙂

  26. Irene Penny March 1, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Looks yummy, can’y wait to try!

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      Oh I hope you do and thanks for visiting today. Come back for seconds 🙂

  27. Morgan Kellum March 1, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    mmmm … I do love breaded chicken! And this looks simple enough to do!

    Enjoy your SITS day!

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

      Really it is easy and healthy and economical so give it a try!

  28. Laura March 1, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Love the idea of simple and adored by family. Thanks for sharing.

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      When my friend gave me this recipe, she just told me verbally as though it was no big deal but I just honed in the olive oil part and knew it would be wonderful, easy, and different. My kids are always asking for Brenda’s chicken! Thanks for stopping in!

  29. Ashley Marie March 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Yum, yum, yum!! You’re blog is so appropriately named.

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      I like to think so 🙂 I crack up now when I am out and here someone taste something and say OMG! Yummy. Hopefully someday they’ll be referring to my blog!

  30. Vonae Deyshawn March 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    This looks really yummy! I could totally make this! (I’m cooking challenged). It’s going on my meal planner for next week. Thanks for sharing and happy SITS day!

    Vonae Deyshawn

    • omgyummy March 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Come by next week (or before) and tell me how it came out! And yes, you can totally make this. Thanks for stopping in today.

  31. Cheryl March 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Michelle March 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    This one looks so good and easy to make after a long, busy day. I also like that you can use them for good leftovers the next day (like for lunch!). Thanks for sharing this recipe and for posting the pictures too. Congratulations on SITS day!

  33. Jamie H March 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    You had me at the title of this post!
    Happy SITS Day!


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