Skinny Parmesan Crusted Chicken – Longhorn Copycat

Alright, friends, here it is. The Parmesan Crusted Chicken from Longhorn Steakhouse is a favorite in our family and a favorite of a lot of diners at that restaurant. Unfortunately, it can easily become a huge overindulgence. Overindulging isn’t bad, but sometimes you want to be able to eat good food without it being terrible for you, ammiright? So, I decided to try to make a skinnier version of it! This is just as delicious without being over 1,000 calories. Bonus: you’ll spend about $20 on ingredients (if you don’t already have all these in your pantry) for 4 servings instead of $15 for one serving. It’s a win win!

Longhorn Steakhouse version (per-serving-dinner portion)- 880 calories- 50g fat- 16g carbs- 92g protein

aGG’s Copycat version (per serving)- 416 calories- 24g fat- 13g carbs- 40g protein

Serves 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2-3 cloves diced garlic
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c light ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup panko break crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/3 c shredded parmesan (it’s important this is shredded, NOT grated)
  • 2 TBS melted butter
  • 1 c shredded provolone


  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. Pound chicken to 1/2 inch thickness.
  3. Grease a skillet (I just use Pam) and add the diced garlic and a little salt.
  4. When the garlic browns, add the chicken to the pan and let it cook 7-8 minutes on one side and then 7-8 on the other or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. While the chicken cooks, mix the GRATED parmesan cheese and ranch dressing together in a bowl.
  6. In a DIFFERENT bowl, mix together the panko, garlic powder, salt, and SHREDDED parmesan until it is mixed together well.
  7. When the chicken is done, move it to an oven safe dish.
  8. Top the chicken with the parmesan/ranch mixture, then top that with shredded provolone, then finish it off with your panko mix.
  9. Broil for about 1-2 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the panko has browned.
  10. Serve with a good veggie (we did broccoli) and dig in!

This recipe was a big hit in my house. The good news? I didn’t use up my treat meal for the week! I will most definitely be making this again!

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