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Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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15 INGREDIENTS • 9 STEPS • 50MINS

Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets

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A great example of how one dish can become 3 different kinds of meals. These crispy cutlets slathered with pesto are fantastic served with buttered noodles, atop a crisp salad or between chewy bread and tomato slices!
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Compelled to Cook
Hello, I'm Nicole! I aim to help you elevate your everyday meals with recipes that make the most of your casual family breakfasts, weeknight dinners and entertaining occasions.
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A great example of how one dish can become 3 different kinds of meals. These crispy cutlets slathered with pesto are fantastic served with buttered noodles, atop a crisp salad or between chewy bread and tomato slices!
50MINS
Total Time
$2.32
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
8
US / Metric
Fresh Basil Leaf
2 cups
Fresh Basil Leaves, lightly packed
Parmesan Cheese
1/3 cup
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Pine Nuts
3 Tbsp
Olive Oil
3 Tbsp
Garlic
1 clove
Salt
1/4 tsp
Lemon
1/2
Lemon, juiced
Kosher Salt
1 tsp
Kosher Salt, divided
Egg
2
Large Eggs
Milk
2 Tbsp
Canola Oil
as needed
Canola Oil
for frying
or Vegetable Oil
Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
for topping
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
193
Fat
9.9 g
Protein
16.0 g
Carbs
9.4 g
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Author's Notes

You can use any pesto you'd like here, however, the one included with this recipe contains less oil than regular pesto. I found regular pesto makes the cutlets too oily. This slightly drier version gives the same great flavor but less oil and better results.
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step 1
First, prepare the pesto. Using a blender or mini-processor combine the Fresh Basil Leaves (2 cups), Parmesan Cheese (1/3 cup), Pine Nuts (3 Tbsp), Olive Oil (3 Tbsp), Garlic (1 clove), Salt (1/4 tsp), and juice from the Lemon (1/2) and blend until combined but still has some texture. Set aside.
step 2
Prepare three shallow bowls. In the first bowl, combine All-Purpose Flour (1/3 cup) and half the Kosher Salt (1 tsp). In the second bowl, combine the Eggs (2) whisked with the Milk (2 Tbsp). In the third bowl, combine Panko Breadcrumbs (1 cup) and remaining 1/2 tsp kosher salt.
step 3
Pat Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast (1 lb) dry with a paper towel. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then cut each half into half vertically, giving you 4 pieces per breast.
step 4
Place chicken pieces between 2 pieces of parchment. Pound to about a 1/4-inch thick (no thinner).
step 5
Dredge chicken cutlets with flour, shaking off excess. Then dunk floured cutlets into egg wash and then into bread crumbs, turning and pressing lightly to coat evenly. Arrange prepared cutlets onto a clean plate or tray.
step 6
Add enough Canola Oil (as needed) to a large skillet to come up about a 1/8 of an inch. Heat over medium until hot. Add 4 cutlets and cook for approximately 2 1/2 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
step 6 Add enough Canola Oil (as needed) to a large skillet to come up about a 1/8 of an inch. Heat over medium until hot. Add 4 cutlets and cook for approximately 2 1/2 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
step 7
Turn oven to broil, with rack 8 to 10 inches from heat.
step 8
Arrange cutlets on a foil lined tray. Spread 1 tablspoon of pesto onto each cutlet and sprinkle lightly with Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup). Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
step 8 Arrange cutlets on a foil lined tray. Spread 1 tablspoon of pesto onto each cutlet and sprinkle lightly with Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup). Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
step 9
Remove from oven and serve immediately as desired, I served mine with some pasta and extra pesto.
step 9 Remove from oven and serve immediately as desired, I served mine with some pasta and extra pesto.
Tags
Chicken
Date Night
Shellfish-Free
Dinner
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