Baked Mayonnaise Chicken- the surprisingly easy one!

  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 45m

It was Valentine’s Day and me and my son had planned a surprise dinner party for my husband. It had to be something that my 8 year old helped in, so it couldn’t be too complicated or elaborate.

So we settled on chicken, because that’s a favourite and baked because it is low-fuss. To accompany the chicken, we made cheese and corn balls and garlic dough balls as well.

It was fun. The food was delicious. The chicken was absolutely tender, melt-in-the-mouth delicious.

Probably one of the easiest chicken recipes that you could ever make- the least worrying. Marinate and bake- not hard at all, is it? Also, it does not have much spice, so a favourite with kids.

I would highly recommend it if you have to throw a party suddenly or for Friday nights, when you don’t want to cook too much or order takeaways.

Try it!



  • Mayonnaise- 1/4 cup
  • Garlic, grated- 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried- 1 tsp
  • Tarragon or thyme, dried- 1 tsp
  • Breadcrumbs, ideally seasoned- 1/3 cup

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Step 1

Cut the chicken breast or thigh fillets into thin long slices.

Step 2

Mix the mayonnaise with the grated garlic, pepper powder and dried herbs. For a shortcut, try using just Ranch dressing instead. Don't add anything else in that case.

Step 3

Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least 30 minutes. I would actually recommend about 2 hours or more for an extremely tender chicken.

Step 4

If using pre-seasoned breadcrumbs, just lay them out on a plate. If you make fresh breadcrumbs like me, then spread them out and add some salt, 1/4 tsp dried herbs- thyme or tarragon and 1/4 tsp of chilli flakes or chilli powder

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 200C for 5 minutes and cover a baking tray with aluminium foil or greaseproof paper. Spray with a nonstick spray or brush with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking.

Step 6

Dredge the chicken with the breadcrumbs, taking care to cover it on all sides.

Step 7

Place on the roasting tray and bake for 20-25 minutes, till completely cooked.

Step 8

Serve hot!

Serve with coleslaw.



For a variation, add 1/4 cup cheddar cheese while marinating.

I used Johnny’s Ranch Dressing and Dip for this recipe.

For more exciting quick chicken recipes, why not try

Pan-fried Chicken with Lemon and herbs

Best Chicken Tikka recipe

Creamy Tarragon Chicken in a Wine and Pink Pepper Sauce

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