When you prepare crisp, golden cutlets in advance and stockpile them in your freezer, you open up all kinds of options for speedy dinners. To kick off our new Make Ahead series about shortcuts and time-savers, here are delicious baked alternatives to breaded cutlets from a box. The best part? They go from frozen to perfection in a mere 15 minutes.

August 25, 2014
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CROWD-PLEASER

Everyone -- kids and adults alike -- loves breaded cutlets. Since these are baked, they're lower in fat and much less messy than pan-fried versions.

IT'S IN THE BAG

Make plenty -- doubling or tripling the recipe as desired -- and store them in stacks in the freezer. Then cook as many as needed.

WEEKNIGHT EASE

These cutlets let you prepare a more complicated dish -- like chicken Parmesan -- in well under an hour.

The cutlets bake so quickly that the breading doesn't have a lot of time to brown. Pretoasting the panko assures a golden color and delightful crunch.

Use your cutlets for a quick chicken Parmesan.

We baked the cutlets on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet, to allow air to circulate under them. If your oven has a convection setting, use it -- that also will add crispiness.

Use your cutlets for Chicken Parmesan or in the Don't Miss recipes, above right.

Comments (11)

Anonymous
December 17, 2018
This was on her Chicken Parm recipe: 1. Prepare cutlets: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss panko, olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring twice, until deep golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely. (Crush a few handfuls, to help crumbs adhere.) Whisk eggs in a bowl. Pat dry chicken cutlets; season with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, tapping off excess. Dip in eggs; coat with panko, patting to adhere. Lay cutlets in layers on a baking sheet, with parchment in between each. Freeze 2 hours, then up to 1 month in resealable plastic bags. 2. Bake cutlets: Arrange on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees, flipping once, until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. (If cutlets are not frozen, bake 8 to 10 minutes.)
Anonymous
July 28, 2018
So, today I came across this article on freezer meals. I have to say after reading the comments on the cutlets, gosh--most of you folks are so mean! If a newspaper ran a recipe and missed the instructions, would you all be calling the paper talking to the editor that way? Chill out people, it's a recipe for chicken cutlets ffs!
Anonymous
December 31, 2015
If you click on the chicken Parmesan recipe, you will see the breaded chicken cutlet recipe highlighted, click on it for the recipe!
Anonymous
December 31, 2015
one day later still waiting for the complete recipe please!! pre-preparing may need different method than breading/cooking immediately. You need to work on your recipes for printing - recipe should be set up to print on one page unless it is extremely lengthy. Again - resend the email for Breaded Chicken Cutlets for the freezer and send it with complete instructions.
Anonymous
December 30, 2015
Martha, I have a great deal of respect for you and your talents. As I look for a recipe such as the chicken cutlets, I don't find a recipe and only pictures of crumbs and the finished product. I have clicked on every area on this page but it keeps taking me back to the picture of the finished product that is ready for the freezer. Also, there are far too many "pop-ups" when going to your site which is quite frustrating. Thank you
Anonymous
December 30, 2015
DEAR MARTHA STEWART, HOW ABOUT GIVING THE RECIPE ! YOU KNOW " DIP IN WHAT , THEN DIP IN WHAT?", THEN BREAD IN WHAT? tHEN, BAKE IN WHAT AT WHAT TEMP? THEN,BAKE HOW LONG, THEN........AT WHAT TEMP TO COOL BEFORE FREEZING? MARTHA, YOU ARE SLIPPING , PLEASE HELP! speedbird2 @comcast.net florida.
Anonymous
September 27, 2015
If you click on the link for Chicken Parmesan and then on the link to the Chicken Cutlets it will be clearer. They explain it in the Cutlet recipe.
Anonymous
September 27, 2015
I wish someone would answer Vanessa -- I have the same question. I am a poor cook and need all the help I can get and this web site does a poor job for people like me.
Anonymous
August 26, 2015
I'm slightly confused. Do you bake them, then freeze them, or prepare them with the breadcrumbs, freeze them raw, then bake when needed? And how long do you bake them?
Anonymous
May 24, 2015
A great recipe! Always a easy prep dinner waiting in the freezer.
Anonymous
January 20, 2015
How do chicken cutlets differ from boneless skinless chicken breasts? This looks like an excellent way to have quick-to-the-table healthy meals.