Chicken Milanesa

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Chicken Milanesa is the perfect dish for busy weeknights. This Chicken Milanese recipe is so easy and ready in just 20 minutes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Total: 21 minutes
milanese chicken recipe with a side salad.

Chicken Milanesa is the perfect dish for busy weeknights. Thin crispy chicken cutlets is the perfect easy meal. This Chicken Milanese recipe is ready in just 20 minutes!

Milanese chicken recipe with a side salad.

This Chicken Milanesa is a classic recipe.Even the pickiest of eaters will love this chicken milanese brio as it is very similar to chicken parm without the cheese and sauce. This recipe only requires 5 ingredients, including chicken breasts, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, olive oil, and salt/pepper.

To learn more about the dish and its origins, please visit this link to get more information. Just a disclaimer, chicken milanese has been adapted in many different cultures and enjoyed in many ways.


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What We Love About This Milanese Chicken Recipe

  • 20 Minute Meal: This chicken milanese recipe is ready from start to finish in 20 minutes, making this the dinner perfect to eat on busy week nights.
  • Easy Ingredients: This recipe only calls for 5 simple ingredients.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: So many things you can do like add to a wrap, sandwich, panini, or salad!
chicken milanese recipe on a white plate.

Ingredient Notes Recipe for Chicken Milanesa

  • Chicken: You will need 4 chicken breasts that have been sliced in half through the middle.
  • Mayonnaise: You will need to put mayo on the chicken before breading it as it will not only help the bread crumbs stick, but it will help to keep the chicken tender and juicy.
  • Bread Crumbs: You can use panko bread crumbs or seasoned italian bread crumbs. Alternatively, use plain bread crumbs and add Italian Seasoning Mix to make your own.
  • Oil
Chicken, flour, bread crumbs and salt.

Equipment Needed

  • Shallow Dish/Bowl
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • 9×16 Casserole Dish
  • Skillet

How to Make Chicken Milanese Brio

These are the basic steps for making Chicken Milanesa. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Mongolian pork on plate
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Preparing the chicken for the dish.

STEP 1: PREP WORK

Start by adding bread crumbs to a shallow dish. Pat chicken dry and then sliced through the middle to result in thinner chicken cutlet pieces. Then season with salt and pepper.

STEP 2: BREADING THE CHICKEN

Once you have seasoned you chicken breasts, spread about a tablespoon sized dollop of mayonnaise over each piece and bread with panko bred crumbs.

STEP 3: COOKING THE CHICKEN

Now in a skillet cook your chicken for about 3-4 minutes on each side before flipping. Once you have finished frying chicken in a skillet, add all your chicken pieces to a casserole dish and broil for 2-3 minutes to achieve perfectly crispy, golden brown chicken milanesa.

Creating a breading station and cooking the chicken.

Prep and Storage Tips For Chicken Milanesa

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN MILANESA RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this ahead of time follow instructions up until it comes time to broil chicken. Remove chicken from skillet, allow to cool and store in the fridge. Once you are ready to eat the chicken, bake 10 minutes on 350 degrees, once chicken is warmed change the oven setting to broil for 2-3 minutes to revive the crispiness of the chicken.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in the fridge in an airtight contianer, the chicken will be good for up to 3 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze, wrap each piece of chicken milanese separately in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to a year.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS CHICKEN MILANESA RECIPE

To reheat frozen chicken cutlet you can either cook in the oven for 20 minutes or you can air fry the chicken cutlet until hot and crispy.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS CHICKEN MILANESE?

Chicken milensa are chicken cutlet pieces that are thinly sliced, then breaded and fried in a skillet. Chicken milanese is very similar to chicken parmesan but without the sauce and cheese.

WHAT IS MILANESE SAUCE?

Milanese sauce is tomato sauce with added seasonings such as basil, chives, rosemary, sage, thyme, cilantro, dill, mint or oregano. Depending on the recipe, the ingredients will vary.

WHAT DOES MILANESE STYLE MEAN?

Milanese style refer to meat that is sliced thin and has been coated in bread crumbs and fried.

Chicken on a plate with mixed green salad.

Expert Tips for Making This Chicken Milanesa Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: If you are looking to feed a larger crowd, just increase the ingredients proportionately for your desired amount and serve with your choice of pasta.
  • Cook in Air Fryer: For minimal effort, you can also cook your chicken in the air fryer which will result in just as tasty chicken.
  • Leftovers: This chicken milanese is great for leftovers add you can add the chicken to so many things such as a panini, salad, or wrap!
  • Burritos and Tacos: You can also make milanese pollo by cutting up small chunks of chicken to corn tortillas or large flour tortilla filles to make burritos or tacos. You can add toppings such as lettuce, rice, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, mild red sauce, fried potato pieces, sautéed mushrooms, guacamole, jalapeno, onions, red hot sauce, melted cheese, home fries, or special cream sauce.
  • Shrimp: Switch up the menu and make this recipe with sauteed shrimp use some mexican sausage or a beef cutlet. Honestly, any choice of meat like steak or pork can also be used.
  • Nachos: Slice up in small pieces and add as a nacho toppings. Simply layer tortilla chips, with chicken, chorizo, cotija cheese, jalapeño slices, special cheese, salsa, and avocado or whatever else your heart desires!

What to Serve with Chicken Milanese

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milanese chicken recipe with a side salad.

Chicken Milanese

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Total: 21 minutes
Chicken Milanesa is the perfect dish for busy weeknights. This Chicken Milanese recipe is so easy and ready in just 20 minutes.
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Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts, sliced in half through the middle
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil, as needed

Instructions

  • Pour bread crumbs into a shallow dish and set aside.
  • Pat chicken dry with a paper towel.
  • Place the chicken on a cutting board, then slice through the middle (as if you were to butterfly each chicken breast, but slice all the way through).
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Spread approximately 1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise on one side of the chicken breasts.
  • Place each chicken breast one at a time in the bread crumbs, then season and spread mayonnaise on the bare side. Flip over and coat the other side of the chicken breast with bread crumbs.
  • Remove breaded chicken to a clean plate and repeat breading process with all chicken halves.
  • Place oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Once oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and cook until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove the chicken to a 9″x16″ casserole dish.
  • Set oven to broil and cook the chicken about 2-3 minutes until tops are nicely browned.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: If you are looking to feed a larger crowd, just increase the ingredients proportionately for your desired amount.
  • Cook in Air Fryer: For minimal effort, you can also cook your chicken in the air fryer which will result in just as tasty chicken.
  • Leftovers: This chicken milanese is great for leftovers add you can add the chicken to so many things such as a panini, salad, or wrap!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 886mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 20 Minutes, bread crumbs, chicken, chicken breast, chicken milanese, easy dinner

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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