Breaded and Baked

One of my mom’s specialties is her breaded and baked chicken cutlets. It’s really very hard to get them exactly like hers, but they come close. You can use this recipe for chicken cutlets or pork cutlets. My mom used to go to the butcher and get stacks of chicken cutlets sliced paper thin. That really is the key to these being perfect. But I usually pick up the big pack of thin sliced cutlets at BJ’s and use them. They are the thinnest I can find and I get a good price for a big bunch of them. The reason these are so good is because they are crispy just like a fried cutlet, but better!

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Chicken Cutlets

Ingredients

  • EVOO
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup of Italian Seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of Panko seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup of Grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • Big package of thin sliced chicken(or pork) cutlets

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake 425 or bake 450(It all depends on your oven. You want it to be hot! I have a double oven and the bottom one is hotter than the top. I put the top on 450 and the bottom on 425)
  2. You will need big sheet pans. Maybe 2 or 3 pans so that the cutlets are spread out.  (They will not cook right if they are too crowded in the pan.)
  3. Drizzle  olive oil on the bottom of each pan.  More than you would normally use.  Try and spread the oil around so it coats the whole pan.
  4. You will need two dishes with high edges or even better this coating tray.  In one dish put the eggs and some water(About 3 tablespoons) Whisk together.
  5. In the other dish, mix together both types of breadcrumbs and cheese.
  6. Dip each cutlet in the egg and let the excess egg drip off, then dip in the bread crumb mixture and shake off excess crumbs.  Place cutlets in single layer on oiled sheet pans.  Make sure they are not crowded in the pan.  (Most people dip the cutlets in flour first.  My mom never did that, so we don’t.  And they come out amazing!)   
  7. Once they are in the pan drizzle with olive oil.  (Make sure they have enough oil.  Otherwise they will not cook.) 
  8. Put the pans in the oven.  After about 8-10 minutes take them out and check the bottom of the cutlets to see if they are browning.  Once they are brown on the bottom, turn them over and bake for another 8 – 10 minutes until they are crispy and cooked through.
  9. When they are done place a paper towel on a big platter and layer the cutlets with paper towels in between to collect any excess oil.

These may not come out perfect the first time you make them, but don’t give up.  Because once you perfect them, it will be a meal everyone will enjoy and ask for over and over again!

You can serve with spaghetti and marinara sauce or you can serve it with a simple tomato salad and rice!  No matter what it will be a great meal.  Enjoy!

 

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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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