chicken cutlets for beginners

How to Make Chicken Cutlets for Beginners

This recipe for chicken cutlets for beginners gives step-by-step instructions so any newbie can make the perfect dinner.

10 min. Prep
20 min. Cook
30 min. Total
4 Servings




chicken breast

Place chicken breasts onto a plastic cutting board and slice the breast one at a time longways through the middle to create 2 thinner cutlets


Take all of your sliced cutlets and pound them with a meat tenderizer until thin



Crack two eggs into a shallow bowl, add milk, salt, and pepper. Beat with a fork or whisk until combined



Pour panko breadcrumbs into a similar shallow bowl


Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a frying pan over medium heat


One at a time take each cutlet and coat it in the egg mixture



Then place the cutlet in the panko breadcrumbs and coat completely


Place the cutlets into the hot oil and cook each side for 3-4 minutes. Cook time may differ based on how thin or thick the cutlets are


Once cooked place the cutlets onto a plate with a paper towel to soak up access oil

STEP 10:

Serve as is or as pictured here with a simple bruschetta

STEP 11:


These chicken cutlets for beginners are so easy to make it would be criminal not to give them a chance. I make this all the time when I’m at school because they take 30 minutes from start to finish and they are packed with protein.

I’ve tried making these cutlets with a few different kinds of breadcrumbs, but I’ve found the 4C Panko to be my absolute favorite. The panko gives these chicken cutlets for beginners the perfect crispiness and doesn’t get soggy at all. This panko also has seasoning so it eliminates one extra step for you.

My favorite way to serve these cutlets is over a bed of bruschetta. All you have to do is chop about 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, 1 red onion, and 1/4 cup of basil. Add that to a bowl with 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and a hefty pinch of kosher salt and you’re done. The combination of the bruschetta with the chicken is so delicious and will have everyone going back for seconds. You can even throw the bruschetta and chicken over a bed of arugula and spinach to take this easy dinner up a notch and turn it into a healthy salad.

This chicken cutlets for beginners recipe is so perfect for college students because chicken is relatively inexpensive and this meal is so quick. In college you don’t have a ton of time to meal prep, spend an hour chopping, or stand over the stove forever. This recipe is very hands-on, but is just 30 minutes so as long as you have a half-hour window you are good to go. So many recipes require rest time or time in the fridge, but with these chicken cutlets for beginners, there is none of that.

These chicken cutlets for beginners are my go-to when I am having anyone over for dinner. Everyone loves them and they are so easy so I don’t ever have any stress about messing them up or things not going to plan. This recipe always leaves me with the same tasty and consistent results.

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