Easy breaded fried chicken cutlets recipe

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Daniel joined the Serious Eats culinary team in 2014 and writes recipes, equipment reviews, articles on cooking techniques. Prior khổng lồ that he was a food editor at Food & Wine magazine, và the staff writer for Time Out New York's restaurant and bars section.

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1 cup all-purpose flour (5 ounces; 140g)

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup panko bread crumbs (2 ounces; 60g), roughly crushed by hand if very large

1 ounce (30g) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Kosher salt và freshly ground black pepper

Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)


Set 3 wide, shallow bowls on a work surface. địa chỉ flour to lớn the first one, beaten eggs lớn the second, và panko & Parmesan cheese to the third. Phối panko và Parmesan thoroughly.


Season chicken cutlets all over with salt and pepper. Working with one at a time, dredge a cutlet in flour with your left hand, shaking off excess. Transfer khổng lồ egg dish, then turn cutlet with your right hand lớn coat both sides. Lift and allow excess egg to drain off, then transfer to bread crumb mixture. With your left hand, scoop bread crumbs on đứng top of chicken, then gently press, turning chicken lớn ensure a good layer of crumbs on both sides. Transfer cutlet khổng lồ a clean plate và repeat with remaining cutlets.

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Fill a large cast iron skillet with 1/4 inch clarified butter or frying oil. (To tốc độ things up even more, use 2 skillets simultaneously.) Heat cooking fat over high heat until shimmering and just shy of smoking, about 375°F (190°C) on an instant-read thermometer.


Using tongs or your fingers, gently lower cutlets into the hot fat, laying them down away from you lớn prevent hot fat from splashing toward you. (Work in batches if necessary.) Fry, gently swirling pan và rotating cutlets for even browning, và adjusting heat as necessary for a steady, vigorous bubble, until bottom side is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Flip cutlets and fry until other side is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to lớn paper towels lớn drain & season with salt right away. Repeat with remaining cutlets. Serve immediately with 5-minute radicchio and watercress salad and lemon wedges on the side, if desired.


Notes

Clarified butter will give the chicken the best possible flavor, but it requires more work & tends to lớn be more expensive; oil is absolutely fine as a time- and cost-saving ingredient. If you vày want lớn try clarified butter, follow the instructions here.