Crispy Chicken Cutlets are a delicious way to enjoy chicken breasts!

Chicken is breaded with a light panko bread crumb coating and pan-fried until crisp and juicy!

Serve these cutlets on their own, with honey mustard sauce, or in hamburger rolls for the perfect chicken sandwich recipe!

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What Is A Chicken Cutlet?

A chicken cutlet is a thin piece of chicken breast. Cutlets can be purchased but are easy to prepare with whole chicken breasts too. Since chicken cutlets are thinner and generally more even they cook quickly and evenly!

To prepare chicken cutlets, cut a chicken breast in half crosswise (image below) and then pound it until it’s about 1/4″ thick with a meat mallet. That’s all there is to it!

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Freeze chicken breasts for 20 to 30 minutes before cutting. This makes them firm and easier to slice, chop or dice for ANY recipe, or for making cutlets!

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How To Make Chicken Cutlets

This easy chicken cutlet recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3, and ready in under 30 minutes!

  1. Cut the slightly frozen breasts in half lengthwise, then pound with a meat tenderizer or mallet to about 1/4″ thickness.
  2. Dredge chicken pieces first in beaten egg, then the breadcrumb mixture (per recipe below).
  3. Pan fry in oil until golden brown and crispy!

Serve with your favorite dipping sauces for a delicious appetizer or main course.

Add a slice of lemon on the side to dress them up for the grownups in the room, or serve them with buffalo sauce or honey mustard dressing.

Crispy Chicken Cutlets with parsley in a dish

Oil for Frying

My choice of oil for pan-frying is vegetable oil. It has a high smoke point and pan frying is usually a quick process. Vegetable oil can have an unpleasant smell if it is hot for too long so preheat your oil just before cooking.

Refined peanut oil is a great choice as well (and it’s perfect for deep frying too).

What To Serve With Chicken Cutlets

The question should really be “What not to serve?” So many wonderful things go with these cutlets it’s hard to pick just a few.

Have an array of appetizers for a party or even for supper, and make everyone’s favorites! Include these tasty, crispy chicken cutlets in the mix and they’ll be the first thing to disappear off the plate!

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Crispy Chicken Cutlets

Breaded chicken cutlets are fried up in a skillet with panko and parmesan for a sure hit every time!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Freeze Chicken 20 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

  • Freeze chicken breasts about 20 minutes or so.

  • Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally and pound to ¼” thickness.

  • Combine panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic powder in a small shallow dish.

  • Whisk eggs in a separate bowl. Dip the chicken in the egg and then in the crumb mixture pressing to adhere.

  • Preheat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Gently add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown and chicken reaches 165°F.

Leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet on the stovetop.

Calories: 402 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Proteins: 30g | Fats: 25g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fibers: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
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