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Breaded Chicken Cutlets – No Flour No Egg

Super quick breaded chicken cutlets fried in a lemon butter sauce. These crispy cutlets are made without any egg or flour making them so quick and easy to whip up and leaves less washing up, hooray!

Because we all love recipes made easier…..

An overhead shot of breaded chicken cutlets on a plate garnished with basil

Breaded chicken cutlets are so easy to make and are sure to please the whole family at dinner time. I always used to make my chicken cutlets with breadcrumbs, flour and egg but not anymore, oh no I’ve got a new method that’s not only better but easier and quicker too!

My boyfriend’s mum first told me about this way of breading chicken last summer after she tried it out a few times and let me tell you it’s so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it before.

There are only two ingredients to make these breaded chicken cutlets, yesss only two and what are they?…wait for it;

  • Breadcrumbs
  • Chicken

Whaaat, there’s no secret ingredient? No, there’s nothing fancy going on here, we’re just leaving out some ingredients we don’t need.

A side shot of breaded chicken cutlets on a plate with lemon wedges

So How Do The Breadcrumbs Stick To The Chicken?

I asked this too when I first heard about it but they actually stick really well without any flour or egg. After you have bashed out your chicken to form thin cutlets simply press each side 2-3 times in the breadcrumbs until the cutlet is coated.

It will be a much lighter coating than if you used flour and egg which results in a lovely crispy outside, juicy chicken inside and no floppy, soggy crumbs falling off either.

How To Make Breaded Chicken Cutlets – Step By Step

First, you need to bash your chicken breasts out thin or buy pre-cut chicken cutlets from the supermarket for ease if they’re available.

To bash the chicken, place one breast in between two pieces of cling film and beat it with a meat mallet or rolling pin until thin (around 1/4 inch thick)

Add the breadcrumbs to a large plate and season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Press each side of the chicken into the breadcrumbs firmly 2-3 times, repeat with all the cutlets.

Step by step photos for making breaded chicken cutlets

Heat a good glug of olive oil in a large frying pan and when hot add the chicken cutlets. Once crispy and golden on one side turn them over and squeeze over lemon juice then add a knob of butter.

Continue to fry the cutlets until crispy and golden on both sides, remove and sit on kitchen paper or a draining rack for a couple seconds.

Serve hot with salad or your favourite sides. Find some recommendations below.

What To Serve Breaded Chicken Cutlets With;

How easy is this recipe? I mean I’m totally converted to breading my chicken like this all the time. Who needs extra washing up anyway? I know I certainly don’t and I honestly love using this method. The chicken is lighter, crispier and just as delicious as ever!

An overhead shot of breaded chicken cutlets on brown paper

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5 from 5 votes
Breaded Chicken Cutlets With Lemon Butter
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Super quick breaded chicken cutlets fried in a lemon butter sauce. These crispy cutlets are made without any egg or flour making them so quick and easy to whip up.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 298 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 cup (140g) fine breadcrumbs ,such as panko
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1 knob butter
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to season
Instructions
  1. First, you need to bash your chicken breasts out thin or use pre-cut chicken cutlets from the supermarket for ease if they're available.

  2. To bash the chicken, place one breast in between two pieces of cling film and beat it with a meat mallet or rolling pin until thin (around 1/4inch thick)

  3. Add the breadcrumbs to a large plate and season with a good pinch f salt and pepper. Press each side of the chicken into the breadcrumbs firmly 2-3 times, repeat with all the cutlets.

  4. Heat a good glug of olive oil in a large frying pan and when hot add the chicken cutlets. Once crispy and golden on one side turn them over and squeeze over lemon juice then add a knob of butter.
  5. Continue to fry the cutlets until crispy and golden on both sides, remove and sit on kitchen paper or a draining rack for a couple seconds. Sprinkle with an extra pinch of salt.

  6. Serve hot with salad or your favourite sides.

Recipe Notes

What To Serve Breaded Chicken Cutlets With;

Nutrition Facts
Breaded Chicken Cutlets With Lemon Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 498mg 21%
Potassium 324mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 1.4%
Calcium 11.1%
Iron 17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
    April 11, 2018 at 11:29 am

    These look to die for! Love your simplified recipe and the photos are beautiful! These are a must-try, for sure.

  • Reply
    Marlee
    April 7, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    This is such a genius idea! I love having crispy fried anything so getting rid of the unnecessary egg and flour is perfect!

  • Reply
    Dina-Marie
    April 6, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I love being able to leave out unnecessary ingredients and these sound amazing! Thanks – I can’t wait to try them b/c simple is always in style!

  • Reply
    Soniya
    April 5, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    This looks so easy and delicious .. being a mother of two boys who love chicken..I am always looking for some quick and fun Recipe ☝️ looks like I found one today! Excited to try it!

  • Reply
    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    April 5, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Oh my gosh we make chicken cutlets a lot but the extra dishes with extra steps is always a bother, so I really love that you’ve eliminated egg! And they look so fresh and crisp. I can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply
    Erin - Suburban Simplicity
    April 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I love breaded chicken – such a comfort food my whole family loves! With the simple ingredients in this recipe, I’m sure it’s delicious. No egg needed.

  • Reply
    Lauren
    April 5, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    These look so good! I love that they don’t require an egg. It saves me time and the mess afterwards!

  • Reply
    Vicky
    April 5, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I love a good old fashioned chicken cutlet. This is similar to how my mom made the but she dipped them in egg first. I like the idea of skipping the egg, since why waste an egg. They turned out golden and perfect!

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