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Garlic Butter Crouton Chicken Marinara

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Garlic Butter Crouton Chicken Marinara — tender juicy chicken breast crusted in buttery seasoned croutons, light pan-fried, and topped with marinara and mozzarella.

Garlic Butter Crouton Chicken Marinara on a white plate with pasta

This Garlic Butter Crouton Chicken Marinara is one of my favorite easy chicken breast recipes. It was originally shared in a free ebook that I released in 2019 and has since been upgraded with a delicious Homemade Marinara Sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese. I like to serve it with pasta and a side salad. It’s also amazing on a hoagie roll with Potato Wedges.

Crouton chicken marinara ingredients

garlic butter croutons

Chicken breast
Garlic butter Texas toast croutons– New York Bakery brand croutons are my recommended brand. Others that I’ve tried lacked potency of flavor when making this chicken. I also use them to coat tasty Air Fryer Mozzarella Bites for a flavorful outer crunch.
All-purpose flour
Eggs
Salt
Garlic powder
Dried parsley
Black pepper
Olive oil
Homemade marinara sauce– I make a rich homemade marinara that goes perfectly with any Italian-inspired dish that you should try for this recipe. You can also use store-bought sauce.
Mozzarella cheese

Add parmesan

The only ingredient keeping this garlic butter crouton chicken from qualifying as chicken parmesan is parmesan cheese. Feel free to add a half cup grated parmesan cheese to the crouton crumbs if desired.

Prepare the chicken breasts

pounding chicken breasts

For even cooking, the chicken breasts should be even in shaped and size. I like to pound them out between plastic wrap using a kitchen mallet.

Garlic butter crouton chicken marinara

flour and crouton crumbs in a bowl next to beaten eggs

Place the croutons in a food processor and run until you have fine crumbs. Toss the crouton crumbs a bowl with the flour, salt, garlic powder, and parsley. Beat the egg and water in a separate shallow dish.

breading chicken breast in croutons and flour

Next, season the chicken with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Dredge breasts into the egg then crouton mixture. Allow the battered fillets to rest while the olive oil heats.

Garlic Butter Crouton Chicken

Using a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Fry the breasts on both sides until golden brown; add more olive oil if needed. Temp should be 165 degrees when done.

spreading marinara on pan fried chicken bready

Top the breasts with sauce and mozzarella. Pop the skillet into a preheated 400° oven for 4-6 minutes to melt the cheese.

marinara and mozzarelle topped crouton chicken

Serve immediately with pasta or as desired.

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Butter Garlic Crouton Chicken Marinara

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Butter Garlic Crouton Chicken— tender juicy chicken breast crusted in buttery seasoned croutons, light pan fried, and topped with marinara and mozzarella.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breast 6 fillets
  • 5 oz garlic butter Texas toast croutons
  • 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder divided
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/2 recipe homemade marinara or store bought
  • 6 oz mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  • In a food processor, grind the croutons until fine. Add to a bowl with the flour, half the salt, half the garlic powder, and parsley; mix well. Season the chicken with the remaining salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Dredge breasts into the egg then crouton mixture. Allow the battered fillets to rest while the oil heats.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Add the olive oil to a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Fry the chicken on both sides until golden brown; add more olive oil if needed. Temp should be 165 degrees when done. In the same skillet, top the chicken fillets evenly with marinara and mozzarella. Place the skillet in the oven for 4-6 minutes to heat the sauce and melt the cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1299mg | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken, croutons, garlic butter, marinara
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Ty

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