3.31.2014

Chicken Cutlets with Garlicky Asparagus

 
Thin chicken cutlets dipped into an egg wash, then lightly coated with breadcrumbs, mixed with cheese and seasonings, then fried or baked until golden crispy is a favorite in our house. These cutlets are perfectly cooked to a tender crisp. We love to pair them with some garlicky asparagus to round out the meal, makes even the picky eaters love this dish!

My kids always say Nonna makes the best chicken cutlets in the world! 
We think so too.  Her chicken cutlets are light, crispy and full-flavored.  She even has a simple trick how to tenderize her chicken cutlets.

Just allow them to soak in an egg and milk wash for a few minutes. No need to hit, bang or stomp the cutlets before hand. No fuss at all.

These cutlets have become a weekly meal in our house.  So easy to make and everyone loves them!  You can easily prepare them in the morning, or the night before and then bake or fry in the evening.  They are delicious either way and turn out perfect every time.

We love serving them with her garlicky asparagus as a side dish, they compliment the chicken so well while they add some healthy greens to it.  So tasty!   The garlicky asparagus is sautéed easily in a skillet with fresh garlic for about 5 minutes and their done!  An easy dinner your family will love.

Hope you had a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!


Here's a tip:
Make extra chicken cutlets, so you can easily make sandwiches for school lunches and for work.  My teens love chicken cutlets as leftovers the next day.  They love chopping them up and adding them to salads, making their favorite chicken Caesars salad.



 Chicken Cutlets

  • 2 pounds - boneless skinless thin chicken cutlets
  • 2 eggs - lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 + 1/4 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • canola oil or vegetable oil, for frying

Rinse cutlets and drain.
In a small bowl, blend milk with eggs.
In a second bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with pecorino cheese, parsley, and garlic powder.

Place two or three cutlets into the milk and egg mixture to soak for a minute or two.  
Then dip each cutlet into the breadcrumb mixture until coated on both sides.

Transfer breaded cutlets to a plate.  Continue until completed.  Here is where you can prepare the cutlets in advance, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to fry or bake.

In a medium or large non-stick frying pan, heat 3/4 cup of oil on medium heat.
When oil is hot, carefully add a few chicken cutlets at a time. 
Fry cutlets until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.

Arrange a platter with a layer of paper towels on top.
When cutlets are finished, transfer onto the paper towels to drain.
Continue until all cutlets are done.  Serve immediately.
If not serving immediately, keep cutlets in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Baking option:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 10 minutes, flip cutlets over and bake for additional 5 to 8 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Yields: 11 to 13 cutlets


Garlicky Asparagus
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus- rinsed, ends cut off
  • 4 large garlic cloves- sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: dash of cayenne pepper

Slice asparagus spears on a diagonal.
In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil on medium heat. 
Add garlic and stir until garlic turns golden.

Add the asparagus to the skillet. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add broth, and cayenne pepper. Lower the heat and cover with a lid.

Simmer for additional 2 minutes.
Turn off the heat, let stand for 1 minute. 
Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve.

Serves 3 to 4





 
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4 comments:

  1. Simple and delicious; what a great combo! Love this idea, thank you for sharing!

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  2. My mom used to make chicken like this all the day! Brings back good childhood memories.

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  3. I need to make chicken cutlets more often. I forget how easy and delicious they are. Yours look so crispy and delicious!

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  4. I just made chicken tenders for my grandson and they were delicious but I love this more grown up chicken cutlet recipe :) Time to make some just for me and the hubs!

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