Lemon Chicken Romano

May 5, 2018  ·  Published March 7, 2013

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This cheesy Lemon Chicken Romano is comfort food at it’s best! You get these thin chicken cutlets that are coated with romano cheese, extra crispy panko bread crumbs, fresh oregano and lemon zest then they are pan fried in olive oil to a perfectly golden brown color.

And then they’re finished off in the oven with mozzarella and provolone cheese melted on top. Talk about abundance of deliciousness! 

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The Crispiest Lemon Chicken

If you love the crispy coating on fried chicken then you won’t be able to resist this chicken! Rather than being breaded in flour this version is bread in panko crumbs and fried in olive oil, then it’s finished cooking through in the oven. I just can’t get enough of that crispy crunch!

And there’s a lot more flavor here than in southern style fried chicken, so if you were to ask me to pick one over the other I’d definitely go this route!

So what’s with the name Lemon Chicken Romano? It’s not really a thing just something I threw together based off the ingredients in the recipe :). But now it’s a thing and you’re going to love it!

Ingredients You’ll Need for this Recipe

  • 2 larger chicken breasts
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Mozzarella, Romano and Provolone cheese
  • Fresh oregano and (optional) parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper

ingredients for lemon chicken romano

How to Make this Lemon Chicken Romano

First you will slice the chicken breasts through their thickness horizontally (thicker breasts will work better here), then let rest at room temp 10 minutes.

butterflying chicken for lemon chicken romano

Then pound the chicken to even the thickness.

pounding chicken thin and even for lemon chicken romano

Then whisk together the egg and flour and one dish and the panko, romano, oregano, lemon zest and pepepr in another dish. Dredge the chicken in the egg mixture first to act as the glue then the panko mixture second. PACK on those crumbs!

dredging chicken in egg and panko mixture for lemon chicken romano

Pan fry to coated cutlets at a time in half of the olive oil until golden brown on each side. Then repeat with remaining two.

sauteeing chicken in skillet for lemon chicken romano

Transfer to baking sheet (really you don’t need parchment that was mostly for look here and even the spray isn’t a must). Cover with each with a mound of cheese.

topping lemon chicken romano with cheese mixture before baking

Then bake until cheese is nice and melted and the internal temp of chicken is 165. Serve warm with lemon wedges for serving and minced herbs.

finished lemon chicken remano

Variations on this Recipe

  • If you don’t want to use fresh oregano you could use dried. I’d use 1 tsp in the panko then just skip adding any at the end. You could also just use an Italian herb blend if that’s what you have on hand.
  • If you don’t want to buy three kind so of cheese you can omit the provolone and just add more mozzarella or vice versa.
  • Then if you want to cut the calories down a bit you can omit the cheese topping altogether, but don’t skip the baking step because the chicken still needs that time to cook through.

This is one of those recipes you won’t want to lose! It does require a few steps but it should go pretty quickly, and the end result is worth the few extra dirty dishes.

Just be sure to serve these with the lemon wedges because that generous spritz of juice is what brings a lot of the fresh lemon flavor here. And for a simple side serve it with steamed asparagus or broccoli.

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Lemon Chicken Romano

This cheesy Lemon Chicken Romano is comfort food at it’s best!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep18 minutes
Cook12 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle each side of the chicken cutlet lightly with salt and let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. 
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together flour and egg until smooth. In a separate shallow dish, toss together Panko bread crumbs, Romano cheese, oregano, lemon zest, garlic powder and 3/4 tsp pepper. 
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels then working with 1 chicken cutlet at a time, dredge chicken in egg mixture coating both sides and allowing excess to run off, then immediately transfer to Romano mixture and coat both sides with mixture, while pressing to allow plenty of crumbs to adhere.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate and repeat process with remaining chicken cutlets. Pour olive oil into a 10-inch non-stick skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Once oil is shimmering, add 2 coated chicken cutlets and fry without moving them until bottom is crispy and golden brown, about 2 minutes, then using metal tongs rotate to opposite side and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. 
  • Transfer chicken to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or spritzed with non-stick cooking spray, repeat process with remaining 2 pieces of chicken.
  • Toss together Mozzarella and Provolone cheese and sprinkle in a mound over chicken
  • Transfer to preheated oven to bake until internal temperature registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 8 - 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp oregano and the parsley if using and serve warm with lemon wedges for spritzing over each serving.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken Romano
Amount Per Serving
Calories 500 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 780mg34%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 625IU13%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 629mg63%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • Jen C.

    Excellent Dish! My family absolutely loved it. I must say the timing of all the cooking was exactly right. Which was a relief to me with a new born baby at home. I was so impressed with this dish. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad your family enjoyed it Jen! Congrats on the new baby :)!

  • Kendra P

    My FAVORITE chicken dish in the history of chicken dishes! So super simple and tasty! Thank you for sharing :)

  • niki

    So I originally posted a comment here in 2011, I believe, and I thought I’d just follow up 4 years later to say that this is still one of my favorite recipes! It always comes out so yummy and is always a hit with anyone I make it for. This will be a recipe that will stick with me for a lifetime and will surely be passed on. Thank you!

  • Tori

    Made this recipe tonight and the whole family really enjoyed it! I searched healthy dinners on Pinterest and found this. I know it isn’t healthy (especially since I served with angel hair pasta with a butter garlic sauce and Italian bread with leftover cheese mixture melted on top) or low calorie but the beautiful images and great sounding flavor profile caught me. I decided I’d found dinner. And I’m so glad I did! Speaking of healthy though, I was wondering if anyone’s asked you, or if you’ve calculated how many calories are in this dish?

  • Sandra

    Just made this for dinner. The entire family really loved it (including a 4 & 8 year old) All cheeses made it fantastic. I unfortunately didn’t have fresh oregano so I substituted dried oregano. I will definitely make again but I might decrease the amount of Romano cheese a bit, just a little pungent for my taste. Recipe is definitely a KEEPER! thank you!

  • Sarah

    This looks amazing! Trying it tonight! I love your site, your pictures are gorgeous!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks for your compliment Sarah! I hope you loved the chicken!