Crispy Italian Chicken Topped with Mozzarella Recipe

Crispy Italian Chicken Topped with Mozzarella Recipe

How To Make Crispy Italian Chicken Topped with Mozzarella

Chicken tenders are breaded and fried until crispy for this Italian chicken recipe. The meat is then served with fresh tomato & basil and creamy mozzarella.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 1cupall purpose flour
  • tspsalt
  • 1tspground black pepper
  • ½tspcayenne pepper
  • 1egg
  • 1cuppanko bread crumbs
  • 2tbspolive oil,or as needed
  • 1lbchicken tenders
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 15cherry tomatoes,halved
  • 4clovesgarlic,chopped
  • 10basil leaves,fresh
  • 1small onion,chopped
  • salt and ground black pepper,to taste
  • 4slicesfresh mozzarella cheese,or as needed, cut in half


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Whisk together the flour, 1½ teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. In a separate shallow bowl, beat the egg. Place the panko crumbs into a third bowl.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Dip each chicken tender into the seasoned flour, then into the egg; roll in panko crumbs.

  4. Pan fry the chicken tenders for about 4 minutes per side until golden brown on both sides. Transfer the chicken pieces to a baking sheet.

  5. Heat 2 more tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and stir in the tomatoes, garlic, basil, onion, and a pinch of salt and black pepper.

  6. Reduce heat and simmer the tomato sauce for about 10 minutes, until it starts to thicken, stirring often. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of sauce over each chicken piece; top with a half piece of mozzarella cheese.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


  • Calories: 715.44kcal
  • Fat: 40.38g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.40g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 19.65g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.86g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.05g
  • Fiber: 4.06g
  • Sugar: 3.60g
  • Protein: 29.92g
  • Cholesterol: 111.67mg
  • Sodium: 754.40mg
  • Calcium: 247.85mg
  • Potassium: 510.75mg
  • Iron: 3.63mg
  • Vitamin A: 104.95µg
  • Vitamin C: 11.24mg
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