Parmesan Dijon Chicken

Parmesan Dijon Chicken

Parmesan dijon chicken is one of my favorite chicken recipes!

I started making this recipe shortly after my husband and I started dating, so it has a huge place in my heart/comfort place. This really was one of the absolute first things we ever made together. He picked his favorite meal the first time, and the second one was mine, which was this dish right here. Very quickly, it became a staple in our meal rotations and has remained there for the entire duration of our relationship, almost eleven years.

This parmesan dijon chicken dish holds a special place in my narrow little world not only because it was one of the first things Nathan and I ever made together, but it was the start of an ongoing tradition of making dinners together, which we still do even today. Whenever he has a day off, which are somewhat sporadic, we plan dinners together in advance to make that day. Rarely is it something that either of us make on our own. It is typically something we make together and that is not only quality time together, it is memories.

This was also very much the start of my deep love of cooking. I’ve always been good at cooking, kind of a natural talent. But not something I took seriously either. It was more I can do basic things so I don’t starve, but never had any passion or joy in doing it. But after making this for Nathan and loving it, it made me really want to develop that skill into something big. Kind of showing off my skills when we were dating. From there my skills have grown and I’ve always loved trying new things and developing those new meals that easily become staples in our house.

I made this parmesan dijon chicken for my husband, Nathan, just a couple of days ago, and he commented on it, calling it comforting. Which I have to admit, warmed my heart a bit. Food really is love. It brings joy, conjures up memories, and so much more. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients

½ pound of chicken breast I have used large breast pieces, but I prefer tender size pieces. Just note that the size will alter the cooking time.

¼ cup butter, or ½ a stick

½ cup dry bread crumbs (note/tip: I’ve used seasoned crumbs for a slightly different taste, or Panko bread crumbs for a different texture)

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

Directions

I always start with my breadcrumb/cheese mixture. Mix the two in a shallow bowl and set aside. Melt the butter and then mix it with the mustard in a second shallow bowl. I usually just sort of whisk it together with a small salad fork and it works just fine.

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. If I am doing full size breast pieces, a smaller/square pan works great. If I’m doing tenders, I need more room, so I use a bigger pan. They all need to sit side by side and be flat in the pan.

I then bread my chicken by dipping it in butter and mustard, then coat it in the cheese and breadcrumb mixture and set in the baking dish.

Time to bake

If I am doing the full size breast pieces, I bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 minutes, or tender size pieces in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Make sure the chicken is cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees and is white all the way through, no pink.

You can let them rest for a few, or serve immediately. When I cook with butter or cheese, I have a tendency to go all out, and I’ll pair this with a parmesan roasted red potato and some asparagus with cheese on top. I mean, why not? The oven is already on, the cheese is flowing, it’s just perfect.

This is an easy and fun dish to do, and I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I do.

Notes

As I look back over the last ten, almost eleven years with my husband, I am reminded of the fact that we’ve made our own traditions as we have grown together. This is one of those things I take great pride, comfort, and joy in. That is what life is all about. Creating memories and traditions that bring us joy and happiness so many years later.

Food is something that brings all of us together. Couples, families, even friends. I hosted a dinner with my husband and friends recently, and I was reminded of this once again. Sharing laughter, playing games, making a great dinner. Food is always at the center of get togethers. Which is why sharing my favorite recipes is so important to me. It brings me joy, and I hope I get to play a small part in you creating new traditions or making a special meal for your family and friends as well.

The kitchen is my happy place

It really reminded me that is where I am the happiest. Being in my kitchen and able to create those amazing memories with my family and my friends. I am right where I need to be because I get to do that. It is easily my comfort zone.

I love to pair this dish with some roasted red potatoes and carrots, which the recipes will be coming soon for. Stay tuned there. The thing that is nice about pairing these with the roasted potatoes and carrots is that it can all be made in the oven, with about the same cooking time required. For me, that is really a simple method to creating a balanced, colorful meal that tastes delicious. This is even a recipe that I could let Nathan make on his own, and he would do a great job.

Discussion

Have you made this parmesan dijon chicken? What is your favorite food that brings up the happiest memories? Tell me about it in the comments. I love hearing stories about recipes or dishes that give you this same kind of joy!

Have you tried this parmesan dijon chicken recipe? Check out my other chicken recipes!

34 thoughts on “Parmesan Dijon Chicken”

    1. The Prepping Wife

      I am so glad that you enjoy reading my recipes, Suzanne! I always enjoy writing them, as they are family favorites. The Dijon chicken is one I’ve been making for over 10 years now. It holds a very special place in my heart. When you do try out any of my recipes, please feel free to stop by and let me know your thoughts!

  1. Why do I always seems to read your posts when I’m hungry! I love chicken pretty much any way that it can be made but breaded is probably my favorite. I’ve had parmesan crusted but never with dijon. This is a must try for us. Thank you once again.

  2. Food is definitely something that brings people together. I found sharing cakes, cookies or even Indian sweets with new neighbors breaks the ice. Cooking at home for friends and family brings so much joy and togetherness. Your parmesan dijon chicken recipe is so easy to follow. Going to share it with my daughter who loves chicken.

  3. This recipe is so easy to make & looks just awesome. Need to try it out this weekend at our home. Thank you for sharing. Change us always exciting when it comes to food. And I am a foodie.

  4. Erica, i love your site, i love you and everything about you. You are real and vulnerable and i love this article and made me hungry. continue to do what you do thanks
    jerry godinho
    fourcolumnsofabalancedlife.com

  5. This is what comfort food is supposed to look like ! Your Parmesan Dijon Chicken looks amazing and the recipe doesn’t seem like I’ll burn the house down lol

  6. Couldn’t agree more Erica! In our Italian culture, food is at the center of any relationship. When you meet with family, friends, colleagues.. you always make sure there’s food involved. It makes everything more comfortable and enjoyable, right? I love how you couple your recipes with your own personal story, it brings your kitchen into my own life even if we’re on the opposite side of the world. Great recipe by the way!

  7. I like the fact that there’s only a few ingredients in this, it looks delicious. I definitely want to try it, especially if you’ve been making it as long as you have and it is still a hit.

  8. I love the story behind this dish! It is always so nice creating those special memories, and being able to share something so special with the ones we love. My husband, and I share the love of coffee together. When my husband was in the Army, we would sit every morning and drink a nice, hot cup of coffee together. We started that early on in our marriage. And it has been something that has stuck with us ever since. We enjoy experimenting with different coffee recipes, and techniques as well. I really enjoyed this post, and your lovely recipe as well. I’ll try this recipe out this week. I’m sure it will be delicious!

  9. It’s so nice that this dish brings back fond memories for you. It’s always nice to have something that is special to you as a couple. It looks delicious too.

  10. Haha this is great timing, my hubby was asking me about this exact dish last night, so I will send this his way. He loves this dish too x

  11. It’s lovely to have traditions like this, which remind you of other moments in your life. Funny how many of them revolve around certain types of food! For me, it’s baking the traditional Swiss Christmas cookies. I always did this with my mum when I was little, and the smell and taste of the cookies is just so unique, reminding me of all the childhood Christmas days.

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