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Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad

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The bite of lemon, arugula, and onion cuts through the richness of these crisp cutlets.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges, for serving
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss breadcrumbs and oil until well combined; spread on sheet. Cook, tossing once, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Place flour and eggs in separate bowls; season with salt and pepper. Place a rack on another rimmed baking sheet.

  2. One at a time, place chicken breasts between two large pieces of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or bottom of a small heavy pan, pound until 1/2 inch thick. Coat chicken on both sides with flour (shaking off excess), then dip in eggs (allowing excess to drip off); dredge in breadcrumbs, pressing firmly to adhere.

  3. Bake chicken on rack, without turning, until opaque throughout, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. In a bowl, whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Add arugula and onion; toss. Top chicken with salad; serve with lemon wedges on the side.

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  • Khaleesi13
    27 JUL, 2012
    Family favorite! So easy and delicious. Be careful when toasting the breadcrumbs...going over by just a minute can be the difference between delicious and burnt. Set your timer for the 6 minutes and check. All in all a delicious meal! I recently paired it with the Lemony Smashed Potatoes (also on this site) and it was great!
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  • MS12102323
    4 OCT, 2011
    This is now my husband's favorite dinner! It's healthy and delicious. Highly recommend this one.
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  • esteesmom
    27 JUN, 2011
    This is a wonderful, gourmet salad. I never get tired of it. Make sure you use organic arugula (we get ours at Trader Joes) Love the lemon!! Thanks Martha. Come visit my I LOVE VINTAGE at http://ilovevintage.org
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  • Ilovemesomecheese
    29 APR, 2010
    I just finished making this recipe. It is delicious and flavorful! I followed the recipe closely and I even found the chicken at the store already thinly sliced it's fast and easy and actually pretty fun to make! The textures work very well together!
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  • Ilovemesomecheese
    29 APR, 2010
    I just finished making this recipe. It is delicious and flavorful! I followed the recipe closely and I even found the chicken at the store already thinly sliced it's fast and easy and actually pretty fun to make! The textures work very well together!
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  • PatGH
    29 APR, 2010
    This was the blandest chicken I have ever had! Put some spices in the flour to give it some taste. The salad was good but not the chicken.
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  • PatGH
    29 APR, 2010
    This was the blandest chicken I have ever had! Put some spices in the flour to give it some taste. The salad was good but not the chicken.
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  • MS10498747
    28 FEB, 2009
    This continues to be one our favorite quick meals. Try arugula, with the lemon and red onion dressing it is extremely tasty along side the crispy chicken breast. We hadn't had arugula before I made this and now it's one of our favorites!
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  • mrsjpvan2
    4 AUG, 2008
    My husband really enjoyed this dish. I love arugula but I wasn't too sure he would like it. I used Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs instead and didn't toast them in the oven, saving about 1/4 cup of Olive Oil on my food. It still turned out great!
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  • IrenieBeanie33
    12 JUN, 2008
    I made this for my family and they just loved it. I let the arugula marinate in the onion and lemon juice for an hour and that enriched the flavor of the salad. In fact, the red onion and arugula salad has become a favorite over night at my house!
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