Ready in 45 minutes
Chicken Milanese (literally, chicken in the style of Milan) is a chicken breast that has been butterflied and lightly flattened out, dipped in beaten egg, then into a breadcrumb-Parmesan mixture and fried in butter. This superb dish is super-easy to make and packed with flavor. The breading is so light and so melt in your mouth good, the meat is moist and tender. It's one of my favorite quick meals for a weeknight. These crispy cutlets not only make an exceptional main dish for dinner, but are equally delightful in a sandwich. I often serve these over pasta, drizzling Alfredo sauce over everything. My father likes them topped with fried eggs and covered with Hollandaise sauce and cheddar cheese...the possibilities for this versatile dish are endless.
Spread flour in shallow baking dish. Beat eggs with 1 tablespoon oil in second shallow baking dish. Mix bread crumbs, cheese and minced parsley in third shallow baking dish. Season each with salt and pepper.
Prepare chicken breast: Remove tenderloins (reserving for another use) and trim away any cartilage or visible fat. Place breast on cutting board with tip facing you and thinner side opposite your cutting hand. Hold breast firmly with palm of your free hand on top. Holding a knife parallel to board, carefully slice into thickest part of breast, drawing knife almost but not all the way through breast (take care to keep breast attached on one side). Open breast like a book, set between two sheets of heavy plastic wrap that have been lightly spritzed with water and gently pound to an even thickness, about 1/4- to 3/8-inch, with a meat mallet or rolling pin.
Season cutlets on both sides with salt and pepper, pressing seasonings into meat with your fingers. Bread cutlets one at a time. Dredge cutlets in flour, coating both sides and shaking off the excess. Then, using tongs, dip both sides of cutlets in egg mixture, letting excess drip back into baking dish to ensure very thin coating. Finally, dip both sides of cutlet in bread crumbs, pressing crumbs with fingers to form an even, cohesive coating. Place cutlets in single layer on wire rack set over baking sheet, allow coating to dry for about 5 minutes. (The recipe can be done ahead to this point; cover cutlets loosely with wax paper and refrigerate for up to one hour, or freeze for up to 1 month.)
Preheat two large nonstick saute pans over high heat, add 3 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil to each pan. Heat until butter is melted and sizzling. Place 2 cutlets in each pan and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2-1/2 minutes. Flip over, reduce heat to medium, and continue cooking until golden brown and chicken is cooked through, 2-1/2 to 3 minutes longer. Drain on rack set over a baking sheet, then transfer to a warm serving platter. Serve with lemon wedges and garnish with parsley sprigs.
For Lemon-Butter Sauce: Melt butter in pan, when foaming subsides, add lemon juice, swirlling to combine, and pour over cutlets, if desired.
* Note: If you choose to make your own bread crumbs:
- - 1 cup fresh bread crumbs - requires 3 slices bread - -
- - 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs - requires 4 slices bread - -
Use stale (but not moldy) bread, or bake bread slices in a slow oven (200 degrees F) until slightly dry (for fresh bread crumbs) or very dry (for dry bread crumbs), and allow to cool. Process the slices in a food processor, using a steel blade to make coarse crumbs, or a grating blade to make fine crumbs. Season with salt, herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and/or lemon zest, if desired.
Panko (Japanese) bread crumbs have a coarser texture than ordinary bread crumbs, they make for a much lighter and crunchier coating for deep-fried foods. Fresh coarse bread crumbs make for a coating that is a little heavier and has less crunch than a panko coating. Dry fine bread crumbs make for a coating that is even more dense and doesn't stay crisp as long a panko coating.
Though Parmesan is the traditional cheese to use in this dish, you can substitute Pecorino Romano cheese for a stronger, more tangy flavor. The cheese is quite susceptible to burning, so be sure to keep a very close eye on the cutlets as they cook.
Pre-breaded Chicken Milanese freezes quite well; consider making a double batch, one for now, one for a quick meal later in the week or on a busy night when you don't have much time. To freeze and have ready-to-fry Chicken Milanese; place breaded cutlets onto baking sheets covered with wax paper or parchment paper and place in the freezer until firm. Then, place frozen cutlets in a plastic bag and keep frozen (up to 1 month) until ready to fry.
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MamabearShieldsFollowed recipe except I did not bound the meat (so took a little longer cooking)... Was a big hit. Adults and kids both loved this style chicken. I served it with a veggie and a side of noodles, but could be used for spaghetti, sandwiches, etc. delicious.2y ago
AllisonLanierAbsolutely amazing. Turns out just perfect. Very versatile. This is a "must-have" recipe to add to your collection.2y ago
izwatGreat taste.it was awesome2y ago
rlperrierExcellent. Added a bit of cream and Italian herbs to the sauce and thickened with a little cornstarch. Used pork instead of chicken. Family raved and everyone had seconds. Score!2y ago
20somethingteacherLoved this recipe!3y ago
momearaLoved this recipe. I did add tomato sauce and mozzarella and baked for a few minutes. Side of pasta and I had chicken parm.3y ago
gregory_snitynskiMy family's recipe is very similar! You can use thin sliced beef (not sure of cut). Add tomato sauce and mozzarella on top for a quick Parmesan version. Or simply dribble lemon juice on top when serving3y ago
KCinAZThis is the first time that I have made a breaded anything where the breading was still there when I finished frying the meat. The Chicken Milanese was wonderful. It was tender and juicy yet the coating was crispy fine. I only made 1/2 recipe for two. The only change I made was olive oil and just a touch of butter. Hubby said it was very tasty. We will definetely make again. Thanks for the recipe.3y ago
dsgansThis is a great recipe for breaded chicken cutlets! We used panko bread crumbs and pecorino ramano cheese. The chicken was moist , flavorful, and perfect with the butter/lemon sauce. The leftovers went to the grandsons today as "chicken nuggets". What a beautiful, simple and versatile dish! Thank you!!3y ago