Easy Chicken Milanese

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Breaded and Fried Chicken with lemon… HELLO LOVER! This easy Chicken Milanese might be your new favorite quick chicken dinner!

Chicken Milanese from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

What is Chicken Milanese?

If you’ve never heard of Chicken Milanese before – it’s a chicken cutlet that’s pounded thin, breaded in Panko bread crumbs, and then fried in olive oil. The result is a super crispy, juicy, and flavorful piece of chicken. It’s basically a glorified Chicken Nugget and I’m obsessed!

What to serve with Chicken Milanese?

I like to serve Chicken Milanese with a big green salad like this Butter Lettuce Salad or this Arugula Pesto & White Bean Panzanella. A German Potato Salad or The BEST Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes would also be delicious. And maybe some Cheesy Creamed Kale or Roasted Broccolini with Lemon and Garlic to round it all out.

How to Cook Chicken Milanese?

Step 1: Place the chicken breasts in a plastic bag, one at a time, and pound them so they are about ⅓  inch thick throughout its entirety. Think super thin and LARGE. So it takes up a whole dinner plate. *TIP: I use a meat mallet or wooden rolling to pound the chicken, but if you don’t have either, you can use a heavy bottom pot or pan.  

Step 2: Prepare 3 bowls, one with flour, salt, pepper, lemon zest and the garlic powder, one with whisked eggs and the last with Panko bread crumbs mixed with parmesan cheese.

Chicken Schnitzel from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) / How to Cook Chicken Milanese

Step 3: Place each piece of chicken in the flour, coating both sides, and shaking off any excess.

Step 4: Next dunk it into the whisked egg – let any excess liquid drain off.

How to Cook Chicken Milanese
How to Cook Chicken Milanese

Step 5: Next, coat it with the Panko breadcrumbs cheese mixture.

How to Cook Chicken Milanese
How to Cook Chicken Milanese

Step 6: Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, carefully place one piece of chicken into the pan and let it cook for 3-5 minutes and then flip it over to finish cooking. Each piece should be golden brown on both sides.

Chicken Schnitzel from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)/ How to Cook Chicken Milanese
How to Cook Chicken Milanese

Step 7: Remove the chicken to a paper towel lined plate and repeat the process with the remaining chicken. Once all the chicken is cooked, give it all a generous squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of the upland cress, and season with more salt as needed.

Chicken Milanese from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Chicken Milanese

5 from 2 votes
Crispy lemony bites of chicken with a bright green salad on top, this 25-minute Chicken Milanese is one of my favorite weeknight dinner ideas.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 4-6 ounce skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup fresh parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 bunches upland cress tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper
  • lemon wedges

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breasts in a plastic bag, one at a time, and pound them so they are about ⅓  inch thick throughout its entirety. Think super thin and LARGE. So it takes up a whole dinner plate.
  • Prepare 3 bowls, one with flour, salt, pepper, lemon zest and the garlic powder, one with whisked eggs and the last with Panko bread crumbs mixed with parmesan cheese.
  • Place each piece of chicken in the flour, coating both sides, and shaking off any excess.
  • Next dunk it into the whisked egg – let any excess liquid drain off.
  • Next, coat it with the Panko breadcrumbs cheese mixture.
  • Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, carefully place one piece of chicken into the pan and let it cook for 3-5 minutes and then flip it over to finish cooking. Each piece should be golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove the chicken to a paper towel lined plate and repeat the process with the remaining chicken. Once all the chicken is cooked, give it all a generous squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of the upland cress, and season with more salt as needed.

7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this!
    But a quick question…My wife really wants a sauce with everything…what sauce would pair with Chicken Milanese?

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