Breaded Chicken Breasts


Our three-step recipe produces crispy, crunchy breaded chicken cutlets every time.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

Breaded chicken is a winner dinner. It disappears almost immediately, and it’s rare there are leftovers. Our foolproof recipe will guide you through all the steps, from coating the meat in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, to cooking the chicken cutlets. And in just 25 minutes, you’ll be savoring the crispy, crunchy chicken for dinner. Serve it over salad, with your family’s favorite sides, or turn your breaded chicken cutlets into Chicken Parmesan.

breaded chicken breasts on a serving platter

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To make 3/12 cups fresh breadcrumbs for this recipe: pulse 9 slices of white bread in a food processor until fine crumbs form.


  • 3 large eggs

  • Coarse salt

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 ½ cups fresh breadcrumbs

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 8 thin chicken cutlets (about 1 ½ pounds total)

  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)


Ingredients for breaded chicken breasts

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  1. Whisk eggs and set out breading:

    In a shallow dish, whisk eggs with teaspoon salt; let stand 5 minutes. In another shallow dish, season flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a third shallow dish, season breadcrumbs with 1 teaspoon salt.

    dishes with flour, beaten egg, and breadcrumbs

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  2. Prep chicken cutlets:

    In a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy deep skillet, heat oil over medium. Meanwhile, pat chicken dry with paper towels. Coat in flour, shaking off excess.

    chicken breast in dish of flour with dishes of egg and breadcrumbs

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    Then dip in egg (letting excess drip off).

    tongs holding chicken breast being coated in beaten egg in dish

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    Dredge in breadcrumbs, turning twice and patting to adhere.

    chicken breast being coated in breadcrumbs

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  3. Cook chicken cutlets:

    Increase heat to medium-high. Working in batches, add chicken to skillet; cook, gently shaking skillet occasionally, until chicken is browned, about 4 minutes.

    breaded chicken breasts cooking in skillet

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    Turn with tongs; cook until browned and opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes more (if browning too quickly, lower heat).

    breaded chicken breasts cooking second side in skillet

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    Between batches, skim off brown crumbs from oil with a slotted spoon. Drain chicken on paper towels; season with salt.

breaded chicken breasts on a serving platter

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