Breaded Chicken Cutlets give you moist pieces of chicken that are coated in a golden, crispy breading. They are much easier to make than you think and are ready in under 30 minutes.
Be sure to try my Crockpot Whole Chicken next!
Why We Love This Recipe
- Crispy Chicken Cutlets – The cutlets are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, thanks to the panko breading and frying technique.
- Versatile – Cutlets are great on their own with a simple side or served on top of a salad, pasta, or in a wrap.
- Simple Ingredients – You may already have many of the ingredients on hand!
If you can’t find chicken cutlets, you can make your own by cutting chicken breasts in half horizontally and pounding them out to an even ¼ inch thickness using a meat mallet or heavy rolling pin. Make sure to cover the chicken breasts with plastic wrap before pounding them so raw chicken juice doesn’t splatter everywhere.
The cutlet breading sticks to the chicken thanks to the beaten egg. The combination of dipping in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs gives a nice breading. I like to really press the breadcrumbs into the egg mixture as well.
You dip the chicken in flour before dipping in the egg. The flour helps dry the chicken and absorb the moisture so the egg can stick. If you don’t use flour, the egg can slide right off of the chicken cutlets.
No, you bread the raw chicken and then cook it all at once. The breading gets golden brown and crispy while the chicken stays moist and tender.
Chicken cutlets are very versatile and can be served with sauces such as piccata or a lemon cream sauce or made into a Chicken Parmesan. It can be used to top pasta dishes (like lemon butter pasta or salads (such as a Caesar salad or Arugula Salad), and makes an excellent chicken sandwich or wrap.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Cutlets can also be frozen tightly wrapped for up to 3 months.
Reheat in a 350℉ oven until heated through to 165℉ or reheat in an air fryer at 400℉ for 5-7 minutes.
- Make Ahead – You can bread the chicken a few hours in advance and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook. Let it sit out for 20 minutes before frying.
- Even Sized Cutlets – It’s best to pick cutlets that are a similar thickness so they cook at similar rates. If some of your cutlets are thicker or thinner, just keep this in mind when frying.
- Breading – Using all three breading steps (flour, egg, breadcrumbs) gives you a nice breading that sticks to the chicken. You can also let the fully breaded chicken sit for 5 minutes before frying to help the breading set up.
- Don’t Crowd the Pan – When frying, you don’t want to overcrowd the pan. It will depend on your skillet size, but I like to fry two cutlets at a time.
More Chicken Recipes
- 2 pounds chicken cutlets or 2 large chicken breast cut in half horizontally and evenly pounded to ¼” thickness
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese not shredded
- 2 teaspoons salt divided
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Oil for frying
- Lemon slices and chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Season the chicken cutlets with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Set up the dredging station: In a shallow bowl or plate combine the flour and cornstarch and set aside. In a second shallow bowl or plate place the beaten eggs, set aside. In a third bowl or plate combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan and the remaining seasonings.
Fill a large cast iron or heavy skillet with ¼” of oil and heat oil over medium heat.
Cooking 2 cutlets at a time so as not to crowd the pan, dip the cutlet first in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour. Then dip the floured cutlet into the egg mixture, letting any excess drop off, and finally dredge the cutlet into the breadcrumbs mixture, pressing them in to firmly adhere the crumbs.
Fry in the hot skillet for 3-5 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through to 165℉. Remove to a paper towel lined plate or a wire rack to drain off excess grease. Sprinkle with additional salt if desired. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
Top with fresh chopped parsley and thin lemon slices for garnish.
Calories: 741kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 49gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 1776mgPotassium: 790mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 534IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 189mgIron: 4mg