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Simple Baked Chicken Cutlets

Sometimes I love complex recipes with lots of ingredients and steps and sometimes I like a simple recipe I can mix up 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 personalize hundreds of ways. I have been known to add nuts, coconut, all types of herbs, and Parmesan to change up the base flavors. Meal wise – the options almost never end. Serve it on its own, as chicken Parmesan, as a crunchy component in a salad, with a simple pan sauce or gravy, in sandwiches, sliced in quesadillas, or dipped in any number of delicious condiments.

Simple Baked Chicken Cutlets
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 cutlet
Nutritional Information: 202 calories, 5.2g of fat, 12.9g of carbohydrates, .8g of fiber, 24.9g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *


  • 1 lb. chicken breast cutlets (or whole breasts sliced in half)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 2 egg whites, whisked
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly pound the chicken breast cutlets to a uniform thickness. I like mine of the thin side, but any thickness will work as long as they are similar so they cook evenly.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix together the breadcrumbs and parsley. Set out in a shallow dish.
  5. Dip the chicken into the egg, letting excess drip off. Then dredge in the breadcrumbs. Set on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  6. Bake for 15-25 minutes until chicken is fully cooked, flipping halfway through.

Switch Things Up With These Recipe Twists!

Variation 1: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese for Parmesan cutlets.

Variation 2: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts) for a crunchy, nutty twist.

Variation 3: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup coconut for a sweet tropical flavor.

Variation 4: Replace the parsley with fresh thyme, cilantro, basil, rosemary, or oregano and consider squeezing lemon juice over the chicken before breading.

Variation 5: Replace the eggs with whole grain mustard, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, buffalo sauce, or any other favorite condiment.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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2 Response to Simple Baked Chicken Cutlets

  1. Chris on March 2, 2015

    Kristin: I don’t understand how there is only ~25g protein in this dish per 4 oz serving of chicken. Chicken breast alone has >34g protein per 4oz. Typo?

    • Chris on March 2, 2015

      had my own typo KristEn. 😛


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