I’ve made chicken parmesan before but never have I made a chicken cutlet to enjoy just on it’s own and my chicken was never real crispy. This however, was one of the BEST entree’s I’ve made in a long time. I was inspired by Jersey Shore (judge me all you want but yes, that’s my guilty pleasure) because they are always eating delicious looking cutlets and in an episode I just watched they showed Paola (Vinny’s Mom) making dinner. While I don’t have a recipe, they did show the order of ingredients used as she was preparing the chicken and that was enough to inspire me to give it a go!
Ingredients for Chicken Cutlets
- Thin sliced chicken breast, pounded out until super thin
- Egg, whisked
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder
- Onion salt
- Lemon juice
- Avocado oil
- Lightly season both sides of the chicken cutlets with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion salt.
- Set aside a bowl each of flour, whisked egg, and panko breadcrumbs. I seasoned the panko with a little garlic powder too.
- Heat a pan on high with a decent amount of avocado oil, maybe about 1/4 inch. I don’t measure anything but you want enough oil to cover about half of the chicken when it’s in the pan.
- While the oil is heating you can start preparing the cutlets for the oil. Dip them in flour first (just a light coating), then the egg, and then into the panko breadcrumbs.
- When the oil is hot, add your cutlets and cook for a couple of minutes on each side. When the breadcrumbs are cooked to a dark golden brown, you can flip and brown the other side until perfectly crispy.
- Place the cooked chicken cutlets on a cooling rack. This is KEY to keeping them crispy. I used to put anything I ‘fried’ on paper towels and that is what softens things up because of the moisture.
- If you like things more salty, add a tiny sprinkle of salt as soon as you take the chicken out of the pan.
- When ready to serve, add some lemon juice to the chicken and enjoy!
For my sides I had canned corn with butter and salt and pepper, and steamed asparagus with butter and onion salt.
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