Fried Chicken Cutlets Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes

Fried Chicken Cutlets Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes

Fried Chicken Cutlets Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes, I love chicken prepared in the Milanese style.  This recipe frequently made with veal cutlets is equally delicious made with flatly pounded chicken breast filets. A dish that can be made in advance and is great for entertaining.  Bread and fry the chicken in advance, cut up the tomatoes, dress and let them macerate, prepare your bed of arugula, your done.  You might want to serve this alongside a Linguini with Aglio Olio e Peperoncino, or Pesto Genovese, both here on my blog!  Fried Chicken Cutlets Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes,  Let’s Cook!

Fried Chicken Cutlets Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes

 Chicken Cutlets, fried golden brown, served on a bed of arugula with chopped tomatoes

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author whatsmickeycooking


  • 10 Chicken Breast Cutlets
  • 3-4 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 cups Bread crumbs
  • 1/4 lb (1 stick) Butter
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 lb Baby plum tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb Arugula
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil (tomatoes)
  • Chopped basil (to taste)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (optional)
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper


  1. Place the chicken breast cutlets in between 2 sheets of either parchment, wax paper or plastic wrap.  With the smooth end of a meat pounder, pound the cutlets to your desired thinness 

  2. On a disposable surface,  add the flour and breadcrumbs in different mounds.  In a shallow bowl beat the eggs and place alongside the breadcrumbs and flour.  

  3. Dip each cutlet into the flour, then egg batter then into the breadcrumbs, making sure that the breadcrumbs adhere well to each piece, set aside.  Repeat this process until all cutlets are breaded

  4. Spread the arugula onto a serving platter large enough to hold the chicken cutlets

  5. In a cast iron skillet, or other heavy bottomed frying pan, add the oil and the butter.  Heat until butter foams and oil is at frying temperature.  Place as many cutlets as will fit comfortably into the pan.  Cook until they are a dark golden brown, on both sides.  Place on a large cookie sheet lined with paper towel. Sprinkle with sea salt.

    If using immediately, after the cutlets have drained you can place them directly on top of the arugula

  6. If making ahead of time, place the cutlets into a 325F oven for approximately 20 minutes before serving to reheat, then place on top of the arugula

  7. Wash and cut the tomatoes into quarters,  place in a serving bowl, generously add sea salt, olive oil and basil (if desired).  If you are adding garlic, do so now, either crush garlic into the tomato mixture or place a clove into the tomatoes and take out when ready to serve.

  8. Serve the chicken cutlets on the arugula bed with the tomatoes alongside.

    Fried Chicken Cutlets Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes


Buon Appetito!



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