April 25, 2022

Chicken Milanese (Crispy Chicken Cutlet + Lemony Arugula Salad)

Chicken Milanese (Crispy Chicken Cutlet + Lemony Arugula Salad)
Chicken Milanese is one of my favorite meals. The key to a thin and crispy chicken cutlet, is slicing the chicken breast in half lengthwise, pounding it thin and using a combination of Italian and Panko breadcrumbs. The chicken becomes perfectly crisp and just the right amount of salty. Serve these with a lemony arugula salad topped off with Parmesan shavings! Looking for more Italian style recipes? Check out some of my favorites!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4


For the Chicken:

  • 2 lb chicken breast
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tsp salt, divided
  • Grapeseed or vegetable oil for frying

For Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • parmesan shavings for garnish


  • Slice chicken breast in half lengthwise to make a thinner cutlet.
  • Pound it so it is about ¼ inch thick.
  • Mix flour and 1 tsp salt in a shallow dish.
  • Whisk eggs in a second shallow dish
  • Combine breadcrumbs, panko, parmesan cheese and 3 tsp salt in a third shallow dish.
  • Dredge each chicken tender in flour, tapping off any excess flour, then coat in egg, and finally cover in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Press the breadcrumb mixture into the chicken on both sides (this helps keep them crispy)
  • Heat oil in a large skillet to 350 degrees.
  • Fry the chicken cutlets for a few minutes on each side, until golden. Set aside on a paper towel to remove excess oil. You can then keep the cutlets warm in the oven if you choose. I set my oven to 250 degrees.
  • Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add the arugula and toss well.
  • Place a chicken cutlet on the plate. Top with arugula salad and parmesan shavings.
Keyword chicken, kid-friendly


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