This Air Fry Chicken Cutlets dish is made with thin chicken cutlets, bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan, fennel seeds, and garlic powder.
This is Nan's Sicilian father's special recipe. In Sicily, fennel seeds are widely used in their recipes. This breaded chicken contains fennel seeds and of course, parsley. These cutlets will always be a crowd pleaser and your kids will love them. It is extremely family friendly and easy to make. If you want to make your life easier, you could always buy thin cut chicken.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Chicken breast
- Italian bread crumbs
- Fennel seeds
- Garlic powder
See recipe card for quantities.
Cut the chicken breasts in half, lengthwise, making roughly 8 equal pieces. Place a piece of chicken on parchment paper and wrap the paper around the chicken. With a meat mallet or a heavy spatula, smack the chicken down in the middle, working your way toward the edges, until you get a very thin piece of chicken. Repeat with the rest of the chicken.
Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk. In another bowl, add the bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan, fennel seeds, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Dip a piece of chicken into the eggs and then the bread crumbs on both sides. Place in a clean plate. Repeat with the rest.
Air fry at 400°F for 15 minutes, flipping once halfway. You may need to do this in batches.
Garnish with extra parsley.
Alternatively, you can do fry the chicken in a pan. In a deep large pan, place olive oil and heat up to medium-low heat. Wait until the oil is hot and place the chicken into the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes on both sides, until brown. Transfer to a wire rack and repeat with the rest.
Chicken: For this recipe, you buy thick chicken and tenderize them yourself. If you want to make your life easier, buy thin-cut chicken to skip this step.
Parsley: I love using fresh parsley for this recipe. It gives it a nice kick.
Breadcrumbs: I used Italian bread crumbs although panko bread crumbs works as well.
Fennel Seeds: This is the key ingredient to making a Sicilian-like chicken cutlet. It is absolutely phenomenal!
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes in the bread crumb mixture, or top with hot sauce at the end.
- Deluxe - serve with tzatziki for dipping.
- Kid friendly - add crushed potato chips into the bread crumb mixture.
Check out this Dona Maria Chicken Mole for more chicken recipes.
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
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This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
These Air Fry Chicken Cutlets can be frozen for up to three months.
Since the chicken cutlets are super thin, it is very easy to overcook them. Use a meat thermometer to get to 165°F.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove