Cheesecake Factory Romano Chicken

Are you looking for a new way to prepare chicken breasts? Copycat Cheesecake Factory Romano Chicken is the perfect recipe! It has a crispy crusted cheese coating on the outside and the chicken is tender and moist on the inside. You are going to love this easy chicken recipe.

Romano cheese crusted chicken and pasta with marinara

Crusted Chicken Romano

At the Cheesecake Factory, not only do they make some of the best cheesecake around, you can even go there for dinner or lunch. One of my favorite dishes is the Romano Chicken – I absolutely love it!

The pasta isn’t overcooked or gummy like at so many other places. And, the real star here is the crusted chicken romano.

Instead of the usual diced breasts, Cheesecake Factory wows you with a thin Romano cheese crispy shell that adds some crunch to your enjoyment.

Why this Chicken Romano Recipe is the Best

So, we were happy to discover this copycat Cheesecake Factory Romano Chicken recipe developed by Megan K. Devolve. She suggests you serve this crusted chicken romano Cheesecake Factory dish with spaghetti sauce, but she thinks that it is really sinful with alfredo sauce.

This has been one of CopyKat’s highest-rated recipes because it isn’t difficult to make and it tastes very, very good.

This will be hands down one of your favorite meals. Your family will clean their plates and ask for seconds every time. And, it will be requested for any special occasion like a birthday or Valentine’s Day. If you make this dish, I sure hope you’ll come back and let me know how it turned out and what you thought of it.

Ingredients for Chicken Romano

This crispy chicken breast recipe is perfect for when you have a few ingredients in your pantry. This recipe is so diverse you can pair it with any sauce you enjoy. For this recipe, you will need:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • All-purpose flour
  • Finely grated Romano cheese
  • Eggs
  • Salt and pepper
Romano chicken ingredients

How to Make Chicken Romano

  1. Whisk egg and water together to make an egg wash.
  2. Season flour with salt and pepper.
  3. Pound out chicken breasts until they are ½-inch thick.
  4. Dredge the chicken in the seasoned flour and shake off the excess flour.
  5. Dip the chicken in the egg wash.
  6. Dredge the chicken in Romano to coat it with the cheese.
  7. Cook the chicken in a skillet with some oil until it is golden brown and done.

Romano Chicken Recipe Variations

  • For a gluten-free dish, substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour.
  • Add some prosciutto slices and/or some mushrooms.
  • Turn it into a salad – fresh greens, prosciutto, crusty chicken, and buttermilk ranch dressing.
  • Use center-cut pork chops in place of chicken. Don’t pound, but remove all fat.
  • Make it with herbs and lemon slices.
  • Coat your chicken with crushed cornflakes.
  • Serve it up in a wine sauce.
Romano chicken with pasta marinara

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Romano cheese crusted chicken and pasta with marinara

Cheesecake Factory Romano Chicken

Make Cheesecake Factory Crusted Romano Chicken just like they do with this easy copycat recipe. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake Factory Romano Chicken, Chicken Breast, Chicken Romano, Crusted Chicken Romano
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 422kcal


  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons oil for frying


  • Whisk together the egg and water to make an egg wash.
  • Pound out chicken breasts to, at most, ½-inch thick.
  • Season the flour with salt and pepper.
  • Lightly coat the chicken with the seasoned flour.
  • Dip the flour-coated chicken in the egg wash.
  • Dredge the chicken in grated Romano to coat it with the cheese.
  • Place the chicken in a frying pan with oil over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the chicken until it is golden brown on both sides and done (internal temperature is 165°F).


This copycat recipe was created and developed by Megan K. Devolve. She suggests you serve this with spaghetti sauce, but she states it is sinful with Alfredo sauce. What we really like about this recipe is that it isn’t difficult to make, and it tastes very good. This has been one of our highest rated recipes.


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 231mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 900mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2.7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Susanna Cummings

    Your recipes are an inspiration to novice cooks like myself. Thank you for helping and sharing
    Susana Cummings

  2. Jeannine

    This looks sooo good. I’m going to try it asap but I’m thinking I’ll air fry it instead of in oil. Seems like if I spray the chicken with olive oil it should turn out just as good. I’ll let you know. More and more we need air fryer friendly recipes!

  3. Patty

    5 stars
    If anyone knows where to get the recipe for cheesecake factory’s meatball garlic bread with that spread that has cilantro sauce on it I would love to have it. That is the best stuff ever. I know the spread is made from ricotta and sour cream (my waiter told me) but not sure if there is something else in it or the ratio or anything like that. It is then served with the cilantro sauce drizzled over it.

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