Crispy Chicken Cutlets

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

A streamlined take on a family-favorite that makes it even more suited for busy weeknights: a 15-minute marinade in yogurt tenderizes the chicken cutlets, while also acting as a ‘glue’ for crunchy panko breadcrumbs. The cutlets cook quickly in the frying pan and then are ready to be topped with a lemon-y mixed green salad and devoured.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 pounds total)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt

  • 2 cups panko

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 4 cups trimmed greens, such as arugula, Little Gem lettuce, watercress, or a combination

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving


  1. Butterfly and pound chicken breasts to 1/4-inch thickness. Combine chicken and yogurt in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and toss with tongs until chicken is well-coated. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes (or cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours). Coat chicken with panko, patting to adhere.

  2. Heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil in a large straight-sided skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high until a panko crumb sizzles when tossed in. Add half of chicken; cook, rotating with tongs for even browning, until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes a side. Transfer to a wire-rack-lined baking sheet; season with salt. (Remove and discard any bits of coating with a slotted spoon before cooking second batch.) Repeat with remaining chicken.

  3. Place greens in a bowl; drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with cutlets and lemon wedges.

    Crispy Chicken Cutlets
    Marcus Nilsson

Cook's Notes

Feel free to swap in two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe.

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