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Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

Parmesan Chicken Cutlets - A light Parmesan and breadcrumb coating for boneless, skinless chicken breast. This recipe is fantastic!

We eat chicken in our house fairly often so – long before we started blogging here on A Family Feast – we’ve always been on the lookout for different chicken recipes to try!  One of our all-time favorites is Ina Garten’s recipe for Parmesan Chicken cutlets which originally appeared in her Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook.

I’ve made these delicious Parmesan Chicken cutlets so many times, I have the recipe memorized!  It’s a very simple recipe that’s quick to prepare and just delicious. (OK – all of Ina’s recipes are pretty delicious – I admit I’m a big fan of hers!).  The Parmesan cheese and other seasonings added to the bread crumbs add a really great flavor that makes this more than just your typical breaded chicken cutlet recipe!

Parmesan Chicken Cutlets - A light Parmesan and breadcrumb coating for boneless, skinless chicken breast. This recipe is fantastic!

This recipe works best when you pound the chicken breasts to a 1/4-inch thickness before coating and frying.  And, we also like to add a squirt of fresh lemon juice over the cutlets just before serving (it adds great, fresh flavor!) – but that step is optional and not part of Ina’s original recipe.  Either way, this is a delicious way to prepare boneless skinless chicken breasts and it’s a must-have in your recipe box!

(This recipe was first published on A Family Feast in October 2012.  As you can see from our original photo below, we’ve come a long way since then!)

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Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

Parmesan Chicken Cutlets - A Family Feast

A simple and flavorful variation on boneless, skinless chicken breast.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Lemon wedges for serving, optional


  1. Pound or butterfly the chicken breasts until they are an even thickness (1/4-inch thickness works best).
  2. Set up three dinner plates or shallow bowls for the coating breading process. On the first, combine flour, salt and pepper together. On the second, beat the eggs and water. On the third, combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  3. Coat the chicken breasts on both sides in the flour mixture. Then dip the chicken (both sides again) in the egg mixture. Finally, dredge both sides of the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture until completely coated.
  4. In a frying pan, over medium-high heat, melt one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of olive oil and cook 2 of the chicken breasts on medium heat until cooked through (2-3 minutes on each side for a thinly pounded breast; 3-4 minutes on each side if you’ve left the breasts thicker.) Cook the remaining breasts using the remaining butter and olive oil.
  5. Squeeze lemon juice over the cutlets before serving if desired.

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  1. I have all of Ina Garten’s books. I love reading them. So glad you shared an old picture and a new one. It is really cool to see how the humongous progress. You have a fantastic blog.

    • Thank you so much Christie! I love reading Ina’s books too…totally my ‘style’ of cooking and a great inspiration! And those old photos…LOL! I debated whether or not to delete that one but decided in the end to keep it in for posterity! Thanks for stopping by today!

  2. This is exactly the kind of recipe that I need to make so many times that I have it memorized. Perfect for those busy work week nights. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Pinned.

  3. Looks so amazing! Making it for dinner this week! Pinned!

  4. Please post nutritional values on these recipes.