Simple Baked Chicken Cutlets

Simple baked chicken cutlets are ready in under 30 minutes and only use 4 ingredients for a healthier take on the classic dish.

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Simple baked chicken cutlets are a healthier way to make your favorite breaded chicken recipes and you only need four ingredients and about 30 minutes for an incredible meal.

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.

Baked chicken cutlets on a plate with spaghetti sauce and pasta.

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 milanesas, so he'll accept this as a healthier substitute. Plus every kid that I know loves breaded chicken. Everyone can add their own sauce - lemon juice for me, ketchup for everyone else - and we are all happy.

Looking for ways to mix up these Baked Chicken Cutlets, here are some ideas for try:

  • Tropical: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup coconut for a sweet tropical flavor.
  • Cheesy: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese for a cheesier take.
  • Nutty: Replace 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup 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.
  • Add more flavor: Replace the eggs with whole grain mustard, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, buffalo sauce, or any other favorite condiment.

Here are some tools and products I use to prepare this recipe:

  • Baking sheet: There are so many options out there but I have been using this brand for years and find they hold up really well.
  • Meat Mallet: Pounding out your chicken can be a bit of a pain without the right tools. I use this meat mallet and place the chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap on a cutting board. You can also buy chicken that is already cut into cutlets if you can find it.
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Simple Baked Chicken Cutlets

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    • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
    • 1 tbsp parsley
    • 2 egg whites, whisked
    • salt and pepper

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    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


    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.


    Season chicken with salt and pepper.


    Mix together the breadcrumbs and parsley. Set out in a shallow dish.


    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.


    Bake for 15-25 minutes until chicken is fully cooked, flipping halfway through.

    Nutritional Facts
    Serving Size: 1 cutlet
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 207
    Calories from Fat 20
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 2g
    Saturated Fat 0g
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 56mg
    Sodium 369mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16g
    Dietary Fiber 1g
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 29g

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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    J. Plummer
    December 30, 2015 - 20:29
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    This was so easy and came out great! I didn't have fresh parsley but added a little cayenne pepper instead to give a little kick. Very flexible and simple recipe when you don't have a lot of prep time.
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