Crispy Chicken Cutlets Recipe
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Crispy Chicken Cutlets Recipe

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This is an easy entree I proudly serve to company. Try it for your next spur-of-the-moment dinner party or family dinner. Even your most finicky eater will be singing its praises—and yours!—Debra Smith, Brookfield, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 418 calories, 26g fat (5g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 38g protein .


  1. Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. In a shallow bowl, lightly beat egg white. In another shallow bowl, combine the pecans, flour, salt and pepper. Dip chicken in egg white, then coat with pecan mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, brown chicken in butter and oil over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Crispy Chicken Cutlets in Taste of Home April/May 2000, p9

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Lady Fingers 230782
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2015

"I made a variation on this recipe tonight. I changed it by using walnuts instead of pecans, dusting with flour before the egg-white, and only coating one side of the rather large chicken breast filet I used and shared with my husband. Smaller cutlets, as described in the recipe, would have been easier to handle, but the ten ounce one I cooked did come out delicious!

The crust was firm and thick, and adhered well to the chicken, which was tender enough to cut with a fork. It was also quick and easy to make. I can see this recipe becoming a regular weeknight dinner at my house."

wrenjen523 76873
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Excellent. I used chicken thighs, cause I can't eat chicken breasts, and very finely ground the pecans down to nearly a flour, also added a bit of parmesan cheese to the original recipe. I cooked two per the recipe, and baked the remainder of the recipe cause I didn't want to stand over the stove and didn't heat up the right size pan to cook in one batch."

pkjillian 92173
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"lacking flavor"

linsvin 77457
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"I really like this. Prep was pretty quick. The coating was just enough. I used finely ground walnuts because I didn't have pecans. Very nutty and flavorful"

keverwann 27576
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"This was very good, but I think I would make a little more breading the next time I make it."

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