Spicy Breaded Chicken Cutlets
Here's a great recipe to keep in mind for a spicy batch of Breaded Chicken Cutlets. Feel free to substitute Parmesan for the Cotija cheese. So good!
Servings: 4 (4 cutlets)
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
- 1/2 cup Cotija cheese
- butter (optional)
For the spice mixture:
- 2 tablespoons crushed New Mexican chile
- 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
Start by preparing the chicken. Each chicken breast gets cut in half horizontally and pounded down with a mallet or skillet. Use plastic or parchment paper to surround the cutlets when pounding them down. Ideally you end up with four even thickness chicken cutlets.
Add the listed spice mixture ingredients to a bowl and combine well. (Keep in mind that there's lots of leeway on the spice mixture so feel free to use what you have.)
Combine the spice mixture with 2 cups of bread crumbs and 1/2 cup of crumbled Cotija cheese.
Your cutlet assembly line will have three stops. The first is a plate with 1/2 cup of flour, followed by a bowl with 2 whisked eggs, and then the seasoned breadcrumbs. Dredge each cutlet in the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Be sure to push the breadcrumbs into the chicken to create an even layer.
Heat up a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a thin layer of oil (you can optionally add a knob of butter). When the pan is hot cook the chicken cutlets for 2-3 minutes per side.
Let the chicken rest for a few minutes and then serve immediately.
The exact cooking time in the skillet will depend on the thickness of the cutlets. This batch took about 3 minutes per side.
Alternatively, you can bake them in the oven where they'll take about 15-25 minutes to cook through, dependent on their thickness.
Feel free to get creative on the spice mixture as the exact combo isn't important. As long as you have some heat and cheese in the breading you'll be a happy camper.
For storage I wrap the cutlets individually in parchment paper and foil.