Yummy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets Recipe

If you’ve ever visited an Italian deli, you know the magic of its offerings—especially the crispy chicken cutlets. These treats are expertly breaded and fried to a golden crisp while staying juicy inside. Today, I’m thrilled to share how you can easily recreate these perfect chicken cutlets at home with your trusty air fryer!

.Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken Breasts:

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally and pounded to about 1/4 inch thickness.

  • Seasonings:

1 teaspoon of coarse salt, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.

  • Marinade:

1/4 cup of your favorite Italian dressing.

  • Breadcrumb Mixture:

1 cup of breadcrumbs mixed with 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. For an extra crunch, substitute half of the breadcrumbs with panko.

  • Adhesive:

2 eggs, beaten.

  • Miscellaneous:

Olive oil spray to help achieve that golden crispy texture.

.Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

1. Preparation:

  • Season the Chicken:Sprinkle each piece of chicken evenly with salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Marinate:Dip the seasoned chicken into the marinade, ensuring each piece is fully coated. Let the chicken marinate for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate.

2. Breading:

  • Egg Wash:First, dip each marinated chicken piece into the beaten eggs to ensure a wet surface that will help the breading stick.
  • Apply Breadcrumbs:After the egg wash, dredge each piece in a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese. Press the breading onto the chicken to ensure it adheres well.
  1. Air Frying:
  • Preheat the Air Fryer:Turn the air fryer to 360°F (180°C) and allow it to heat up.
  • Prepare the Basket:Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray to prevent sticking.
  • Arrange the Chicken:Place the breaded chicken cutlets in a single layer in the basket. Ensure there is space between them for air to circulate.
  • First Cooking Phase:Cook the chicken for 10 minutes.
  • Flip and Spray:Open the air fryer, flip the chicken cutlets, and lightly spray the tops with olive oil to enhance browning.

  • Second Cooking Phase:Continue cooking for another 5 to 10 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

.Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do breadcrumbs work in an air fryer?

Absolutely! Breadcrumbs work wonderfully in an air fryer, giving the food a crispy, golden exterior similar to traditional frying but with much less oil. Feel free to experiment with panko for extra crunchiness or even crushed cereals for a different texture. A light spray of oil on the breaded food before air frying will help achieve that delicious crisp.

2. How to prevent the chicken from turning rubbery?

To avoid rubbery chicken, make sure not to overcook and ensure the air can circulate freely in the air fryer. Don’t overcrowd the basket, and consider using organic chicken for the best texture.

  1. Why might the chicken not be crispy in the air fryer?

If the chicken isn’t crispy, it might be due to overcrowding in the basket or not enough oil spray on the surface of the chicken. Also, ensure the chicken is dry before breading and that your air fryer is preheated properly to achieve the best results.


This Yummy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets Recipe is not only a healthier take on a classic favorite but also a quick and easy option for any day of the week. With the air fryer, you can enjoy the delightful crunch and juicy interior of chicken cutlets without the guilt of deep frying. Give this recipe a try, and you might find yourself making it a regular in your meal rotation!

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Clare Louise