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Baked Caesar Chicken

Looking for a new easy and flavorful chicken recipe? Try our Baked Caesar Chicken! Tender chicken breasts coated in a creamy Caesar dressing and baked to perfection.

scooping baked chicken out of baking dish

 

Are you tired of the same old boring chicken dinners? Look no further than our Baked Caesar Chicken recipe! This delicious and easy-to-make dish is perfect for busy weeknights when you need something quick and satisfying. Tender chicken coated in creamy Caesar dressing, topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, and baked to perfection. It’s a crowd-pleasing meal that will have your family asking for seconds (and maybe even thirds!). With just 5 ingredients, you can have this on the table in no time!

Why You’ll Love This Caesar Chicken

  • Super Easy – just 5 ingredients and about 5 minutes of work is all it takes to get this chicken dinner ready for the oven.
  • Flavorful – Caesar dressing is full of flavor and it adds a lot of flavor to this chicken. Use whatever your favorite brand is and it should work great.
  • Versatile – this is a very basic recipe that you can make your own. Instead of Parmesan cheese is Mozzarella or Provolone. Like it spicy, sprinkle with crushed red pepper. Get creative and make it what your family enjoys!
caesar chicken ingredients

What You’ll Need For Baked Caesar Chicken

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  • Chicken Breasts
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Black Pepper
  • Italian Panko Breadcrumbs

How to Make Caesar Chicken

  • Season Chicken. Season the chicken with black pepper and arrange in a casserole dish. I think there is enough salt with the cheese and dressing, so I don’t add any, but if you want to you definitely can.
  • Pour over dressing. With the chicken in the pan sprinkle over the Parmesan cheese and even pour the dressing over the chicken. You can use a spatula to spread it over the chicken if necessary.
  • Add Topping. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the chicken in a nice even layer.
  • Bake. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. It will read 165º F on an instant read thermometer.
breadcrumbs topping chicken in a baking dish

How Long Does It Take To Bake Chicken Breasts

It really depends on how thick the chicken breasts are. Standard pieces of chicken from the grocery store have gotten very thick, and weight almost a pound each. I like to butterfly those (cut them in half length wise), so I have 2 thinner chicken breasts. That is what I use for this recipe. They will cook in about 25-30 minutes at 375º F.

The best way to know when chicken is done is to take the temperature. It only needs to cook to 165º F. A lot of people are so concerned about under cooking it, they dry it out and cook it way too long. So use a thermometer to test your meat, and you are going to have the best, juicy, tender chicken!

looking down on a baking dish fill with baked caesar chicken

Can I Use A Different Cut Of Chicken Or Meat

Yes, you can use boneless chicken thighs as well with this recipe. You really could use any cut of chicken, even bone-in, but your cooking times will change quite a bit. If you are in a hurry, chicken tenders work really well, they are cut small enough, they cook much faster!

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Use Full Fat. I like to use a full fat Caesar dressing for this recipe. Sometimes the dressing can separate and be oily, and I find that the lower fat ones tend to do that more. They have more liquid in them, so it happens more often.
  • Keep Medium Temperature. I often times like to cook chicken at a higher temperature so it can get a crispier outside, but when using a cream sauce, you want to keep a more moderate temperature so the sauce doesn’t curdle and separate. 375º is about as high as I like to go when making this recipe.
  • Mix Up The Cheese. The recipe calls for Parmesan cheese, it goes very well in a Chicken Caesar Salad, so why not use it here! But you can also use Mozzarella or Provolone, they were really well. You can more and make it a cheesy dish as well. There is just enough for flavor in this version.
  • Use a Thermometer. The best way to know when chicken is done is to test the temperature. You don’t have to have dry and over cooked chicken to know it is safe to eat. Test the temperature, and as soon as it says 165º F, take it out of the oven to serve. It should be super juicy and tender.

I use the Thermapen Mk4 to check the temperature of the meat throughout the cooking process. It is the most accurate thermometer I have found and have been using it for years!

caesar chicken on a white plate with salad in the background

How To Store Leftover Baked Caesar Chicken

Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can reheat in the microwave, but the sauce may start to seperate. If you want to use the microwave, the best way is to heat at 50% power to slowly reheat.

It is best if you can bake in the oven at 350º F until it is warmed through.

What Goes With Baked Chicken

This is a super versatile dinner that you can serve whatever your favorite side dishes with!

looking down on a white plate with baked caesar chicken and salad

More Easy Dinner Recipes

Yield: 4

Baked Caesar Chicken

close up baked caesar chicken on a white plate

Looking for a new easy and flavorful chicken recipe? Try our Baked Caesar Chicken! Tender chicken breasts coated in a creamy Caesar dressing and baked to perfection.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Caesar dressing
  • 1/4 cup Italian style panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Season chicken evenly with black pepper. Arrange in a casserole dish in an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken.
  4. Spread the dressing evenly over the top of the chicken.
  5. Spinrkle with breadcrumbs over the top.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Turn on the broiler and cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 596Total Fat 42gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 31gCholesterol 136mgSodium 1074mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 43g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Allyson Zea

Friday 23rd of June 2023

This looks like the perfect dinner! I can't wait to share it with my family!

Sandra

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

I love how quick and easy this is to make! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

Catalina

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

My whole family will like this chicken dish! I love how easy is to make it!

Beti Micevska

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Such an incredible dish! I love the flavors!!

Katerina Petrovska

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

My family would absolutely love this Caesar Chicken! It looks amaaaazing!

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