These baked chicken cutlets are quick and simple to make, yet they taste like they came from a restaurant! This recipe combines chicken breasts with the perfect balance of Italian seasonings, panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and olive oil to make a dinner recipe fit for a king or queen! Plus, in addition to tasting great, this baked chicken cutlets recipe is so, so easy to make. In fact, from start to finish they'll take you just about 20 minutes to whip up.
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The Best Baked Chicken Cutlets
If you like breaded chicken, just wait until you give these crispy baked chicken cutlets a try! They're basically like a cross between fried chicken and regular chicken cutlets, and they're just so tasty, tasty.
The chicken breasts are seasoned to absolute perfection, then they get coated in an egg wash, dipped in a blend of parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs, and cooked to crispy golden brown goodness. Plus, not only are these baked chicken cutlets as crispy as fried chicken, but they're made in the oven, so they're a little healthier too.
Also, as I already mentioned, making them is a breeze too. The whole process of making them basically boils down to following just 4 simple steps, and the oven does most of the heavy lifting. That means you can focus on making some tasty sides to serve with your breaded chicken cutlets.
Speaking of sides, if you're wondering what to eat with oven baked chicken cutlets, a few of my favorites are this cauliflower casserole, twice baked potato casserole, or this old fashioned baked macaroni and cheese. But, honestly, this crispy chicken is so versatile you can serve it with just about anything you want!
The ingredient list for these oven baked breaded chicken cutlets is crazy simple. Honestly, you probably already have most - if not all - of the ingredients you'll need on hand already!
Anyway, here's everything you'll need to make 'em:
- 2 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- 1 small egg
- ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2-3 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Super simple, right?
By the way, you can use almost all of these ingredients to make these Italian chicken cutlets too.
Ingredient Substitutions and Suggestions
When I make these baked chicken cutlets, I always make them with the ingredients listed above because I think they taste best that way. However, that doesn't mean you can't make some tweaks and get creative with the way you make them!
For instance, if you want to add even more flavor to your cutlets, you add some cayenne pepper or onion powder to them. You could even swap the Italian seasoning out altogether for a seasoning blend of your choice.
How To Make Baked Chicken Cutlets
Now it's time for the fun part - it's time to make some baked chicken cutlets!
And trust me when I say making these oven baked chicken cutlets couldn't be more straightforward. Even if you've never baked chicken in the oven before, I guarantee you'll have no trouble getting these cutlets to turn out perfect.
Anyway, let's not waste another second, let's get cooking!
Step 1: Prepare The Chicken Cutlets
First, you'll want to preheat your oven to 400°F, and then you'll want to tenderize your chicken cutlets. So, to tenderize them, just wrap each chicken breast in plastic wrap and use a mallet to pound the chicken out until it's about ¼-inch thick. Making the chicken breasts thinner and equal in size will make them cook more evenly in the oven.
Step 2: Season The Chicken
Once you've pounded the cutlets to the right thickness, you'll want to coat each chicken breast with a little olive oil, then rub the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning into the chicken.
Step 3: Bread The Chicken
So, now you can bread the chicken. And to do that, you'll want to use two shallow bowls. In one, you can combine the panko breadcrumbs with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. In the second, you'll want to whisk the egg until the yolk combines with the white.
Now, once you've got your breading station set up and looking good, you can dip your chicken breasts into the egg wash, then into the bowl of breadcrumbs. Just make sure to coat the breast evenly on both sides when you do.
Anyway, once the chicken breasts are breaded, you can transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and get them ready for the oven.
Step 4: Bake And Serve
Now that the chicken is good to go, you can put the baking sheet in the oven and bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Then, after that amount of time passes, you'll want to flip the chicken and bake it for another 5-8 minutes - or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Finally, you can serve your crispy baked chicken cutlets warm with any sides that you want.
How To Store Baked Chicken Cutlets
This recipe for baked chicken cutlets makes 2 servings, so it makes for the perfect dinner for two or to have as leftovers for the next night.
Speaking of leftovers, you can store the crispy baked chicken cutlets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Alternatively, if you want to keep 'em for even longer, you can freeze the chicken in an airtight container - or freezer-safe bag - for up to 4 months.
How To Reheat Baked Chicken Cutlets
When you're ready to enjoy your crispy baked chicken cutlets again, they're good cold, but they're even better reheated.
The best way to reheat chicken cutlets is to put them on a wire rack over a baking sheet and heat the chicken in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes, flipping it halfway through cooking.
FAQs About This Baked Chicken Cutlets Recipe
Is it better to bake chicken breasts at 350 or 400?
You can bake chicken breasts at either 350°F or 400°F, but most experts say 350°F is the best temperature to keep the breast tender and juicy when it cooks.
However, if you're cooking chicken breasts that have been coated in breadcrumbs, then cooking them at 400°F is perfectly fine. The breading will help keep the breast from drying out as it cooks at such a high temperature, and the breading will also have an even better chance to crisp up at that temp too.
How long do you bake thin chicken breasts at 400?
Typically, you should bake thin chicken breast for 15 minutes on one side, then flip the chicken and bake it for another 5-8 minutes. Now, just keep in mind that the amount of time the chicken cooks on each side will depend on the thickness of the chicken itself. So, be sure to continue cooking them until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
How long does it take to bake thick chicken breasts at 400?
It will take around 30 minutes to bake a thick chicken breast at 400°F. You're looking at about 15-17 minutes on one side, then another 12-15 minutes on the other side. In that time frame, the chicken should be able to come up to 165°F.
Wrapping It Up
Well, that's how to make oven baked chicken cutlets!
These truly are the best crispy chicken cutlets you'll ever have. From the flavorful seasonings to the crunchy coating and juicy chicken, cutlets simply don't get any better than this!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this easy chicken recipe as much as I/we do.
As always, if you make it, leave a comment below and let us know how it turned out!
More Chicken Recipes
If this chicken cutlet recipe got you in the mood to make even more delicious chicken recipes, we have a bunch on the blog that you can try next!
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- Prepare cutlets by pounding them with a mallet to ¼-inch thickness.
- Rub the chicken with olive oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a shallow dish, combine Panko breadcrumbs with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
- Dip the chicken into the whisked egg, then coat the chicken with the breadcrumb mixture.
- Place the chicken onto the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the cutlets and bake for another 5-8 minutes or until the inner temperature reaches 165°F.
- Serve the chicken cutlets warm.
Serving Size:1 chicken cutlet
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 37g