Simple Baked Chicken Cutlets – Slender Kitchen

Simple baked chicken cutlets are ready in under 30 minutes and only use 5 ingredients for a healthier take on the classic fried dish.


Easy baked chicken cutlets are a healthier way to make your favorite breaded chicken recipes and you only need five ingredients and 30 minutes for an incredible meal!

Sometimes I love complex recipes with lots of ingredients and steps and sometimes I like simple recipes I can mix up in lots of ways. This simple chicken cutlet recipe is one of those “keep up your sleeve” recipes that you can whip together in less than 30 minutes and everyone loves it! What’s not to like about crispy, baked chicken?

These chicken cutlets are also super versatile. I have been known to add crushed nuts, shredded coconut, herbs, and different spices to change up the base flavors.

In terms of meal ideas, the options almost never end. Serve it on its own with a salad and baked fries. Make a quick chicken Parmesan by adding sauce and mozzarella. Add it to a green salad for some crunch and protein. Make amazing crispy chicken sandwiches with some coleslaw and hearty bread. Or simply dip them in your favorite sauce, honey mustard anyone?

This is also one of those meals that I can make for my family and everyone is happy. My husband’s favorite meal of all time is chicken milanesa, so this is a great substitute for that typically fried chicken.

Plus every kid that I know loves breaded chicken. Everyone can add their own sauce.

Crispy chicken cutlets sliced and served with salad.

What You’ll Need

Everything you need to make this tasty chicken recipe at home,

  • Chicken breast cutlets: The easiest option is boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets since they are already sliced down into thinner pieces. You can also use whole chicken breasts and cut them into cutlet.
  • Seasoned breadcrumbs: By using seasoned breadcrumbs, there is no need to add dried herbs or seasoning to the breadcrumbs. If you are starting with plain breadcrumbs, add Italian seasoning. Regular or Panko breadcrumbs will work. You can also spice up the breadcrumbs with paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and even a pinch of cayenne.
  • Parmesan cheese: Grated Parmesan will blend seamlessly into the breadcrumbs since they are similar in size. Shredded works as well but the breading will have more texture. The cheese adds flavor and salt. It also helps with crispiness.
  • Garlic powder: Amp up the flavor with garlic powder. Leave this out or adjust the amount if you aren’t a fan of garlic.
  • Egg whites: Egg whites or whole eggs can be used to coat the chicken. The eggs serve to bind the breadcrumbs to the chicken.
  • Cooking spray: To get the breading golden brown and crunchy, spray the breaded chicken with cooking spray. Another option is to brush the breaded chicken with olive oil or to add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or melted butter to the breading mixture. The extra fat helps things get super crisp.

How to Make Baked Breaded Chicken Cutlets

Follow these steps to make deliciously crunchy chicken at home.

  1. Pound the chicken to uniform thickness: One of the most important things to ensure these chicken cutlets out nice and crispy is starting with thin chicken breasts. Store-bought cutlets may still need to be pounded slightly until about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Larger chicken breasts will need to be sliced horizontally and then pounded out. Make sure to pound the chicken to a uniform thickness so it cooks in the same amount of time.
  2. Make the breading: Use a shallow dish to combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Add fresh parsley, dried herbs, or another seasoning you like to amp up the flavor. Both Panko breadcrumbs and standard breadcrumbs work.
  3. Bread the chicken: Start by dipping the chicken into the egg wash and then pressing it into the breadcrumb mixture on both sides. For extra crispy chicken, dip the chicken into flour before dipping it in the egg wash.
  4. Bake it: Bake the chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer. Thin chicken breasts take about 15 minutes to bake at 400 degrees.

Chicken cutlets served with salad and dipping sauce on a plate.

Tips for Baking Crispy Chicken

Here are three expert tips for making extra crispy chicken cutlets every time!

  • Before baking the chicken cutlets, spray them with cooking spray or olive oil spray on both sides. For even more crispiness, add one tablespoon of olive oil right into the breading mixture.
  • Place the chicken on a wire rack on a baking sheet to ensure the chicken isn’t soggy on one side.
  • Turn the oven up to broil for the last 1-2 minutes of cooking to get the tops nicely browned and crunchy.

Mix it Up! Recipe Ideas for Chicken Cutlets

  • Tropical: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup of shredded coconut for a sweet tropical flavor.
  • Cheesy: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup extra Parmesan cheese for an even cheesier take.
  • Nutty: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup of finely chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts) for a crunchy, nutty twist.
  • Herbs: Replace the parsley with fresh thyme, cilantro, basil, rosemary, or oregano and consider squeezing lemon juice over the chicken before breading.
  • Dipping sauce: Serve the chicken whole grain mustard, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, buffalo sauce, or any other favorite condiment.

Freezing and Storage

These are a great option to have in the fridge or freeze when you are in need of a quick meal.

  • Storing: Let the cooked chicken cutlets cool completely and then store them in the fridge for 4-5 days.
  • Reheating: For best results, reheat these in the oven at 376 degrees for 5-7 minutes until heated through. Cooking it in a skillet also works well. If possible, avoid the microwave because the breading will get soggy.
  • Freezing: once the chicken has fully cooled, place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place them in the freezer for 2-3 hours until the outside has frozen so they won’t stick together. They can also be wrapped individually in plastic wrap.hen store in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven at 375 for 10-12 or in the air fryer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions about making oven baked chicken cutlets.

This recipe works with regular chicken breasts or chicken cutlets. Cutlets are simply easier since they have already been trimmed and sliced into thinner pieces. No pounding necessary!

If you are starting with a larger chicken breast, start by trimming the chicken. Then slice horizontally to create two thinner pieces. Place those pieces between plastic wrap and lightly pound them into a thinner cutlet. 

The best way to keep baked chicken crispy is to lightly spray the chicken with cooking spray or olive oil spray before baking. For extra crispy chicken, brush the chicken with olive oil or melted butter. You can also use a wire rack to help the chicken stay crisp on both sides. 

Breaded chicken cutlets should be reheated in the oven, toaster oven, or hot skillet. All of these methods ensure the chicken stays crispy. Avoid reheating in the microwave since it will make the breading soggy.

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