5 from 1 vote
Breaded Italian Chicken Cutlets are so juicy and tender! My recipe is based on my family's version with homemade Italian bread crumbs that include Romano and Parmesan cheeses!
Breaded Italian Chicken Cutlets
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins

Breaded Italian Chicken Cutlets are so juicy and tender! My recipe is based on my family’s version with homemade Italian bread crumbs.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: breaded chicken, chicken cutlets
Servings: 6 large cutlets
Calories: 258 kcal
Author: Cooking with Mamma C
  • 1 1/4 cups Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs with cheese (use Cooking with Mamma C's Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs recipe, but for the cheese, use a 50/50 combination of Parmesan and Romano - see Notes)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (3 breasts)
  • 2 extra large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Prepare Cooking with Mamma C's Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs, using Parmesan and Romano for the cheese required. Set aside 1 1/4 cups of the prepared bread crumbs on a dinner plate.
  2. On a large cutting board, use a large, straight-edged knife to thin the chicken breasts by slicing through them to cut them in half. (See the photo in the post.) It helps to place one hand flat on top of the chicken breast, while using the other hand to hold the knife while cutting through the chicken with a sawing motion. You will end up with two halves connected in the middle like a butterfly. Vertically slice through the center to separate the two halves.
  3. To pound your chicken cutlets, cover them with a large sheet of plastic wrap (to prevent a mess). Use a meat mallet or the bottom of a heavy frying pan to pound the chicken so that it is no more than 1/4 inch thick. (It might be a bit thinner than that.) Lift the plastic, flip the chicken over, cover it again with plastic wrap, and pound the other side. Discard the plastic wrap and wash your hands well if you touched the raw meat.
  4. Crack your two eggs and add them to a small bowl, such as a pasta dish. Season the eggs with the salt and pepper and beat the eggs with a fork.
  5. Set up an assembly line from left to right with your chicken, the bowl of eggs, your bread crumbs and a clean platter. Use a fork to pierce a cutlet, dip it in the egg, then in the bread crumbs. Cover the breast with the bread crumbs and pat them onto the chicken with the fork or your hands. Flip the chicken over and bread the other side. Place the breaded cutlet onto the platter and continue until you have breaded all of your chicken. Discard any leftover egg mixture and any breadcrumbs that had raw chicken dipped in it.
  6. On the stove, heat your largest skillet on medium high. Add your olive oil to the pan and let it get hot. When the oil is sizzling hot, add some chicken cutlets to the pan in a single layer. You will probably need to cook them in two batches, since they won't all fit. Cook the chicken on the first side for almost three minutes, then flip the chicken over and cook it for another two minutes. The chicken should be golden brown on both sides. If at any time, the pan gets dry, add a little more oil.
  7. Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean platter. (You can cut into one to make sure it's done. It should not be pink inside.)
  8. Cover the chicken loosely with foil and continue cooking the rest of the cutlets. Let the cutlets rest under the foil for at least five minutes before serving, to help keep them juicy.
  9. Store leftover chicken in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The leftovers are great in sandwiches.
Recipe Notes

It's easiest to make 1 cup of seasoned bread crumbs, then add 1/4 cup freshly grated Romano and 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan. You will end up with 1/4 cup extra crumbs that you can set aside for another use before you do anything with the chicken. The extra, clean bread crumbs can be stirred into vegetables, for example.

Nutrition Facts
Breaded Italian Chicken Cutlets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 370mg16%
Potassium 344mg10%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.