Chicken Milanesa

Chicken milanesa is one of my favorite ways to prepare boneless skinless chicken breast, a cut which can often be dry and boring. For a really quick dinner, I’ll fry a couple of chicken milanesa cutlets and steam some broccoli. Serve those together with a few lemon wedges and some hot sauce and voila. Healthy(ish) dinner is ready in under 20 minutes. And everyone likes it! Even babies* like it!

Serve it alone with a side of vegetables and squeeze of lemon, or put it between bread to make a big, fat sandwich!

chicken milanese recipe
*Results not guaranteed. Your baby may vary.

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Chicken Milanesa Recipe


Chicken Milanesa

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • lemon wedges for serving


  1. Cut each breast crosswise into two thin cutlets. If necessary, gently tenderize with a meat mallet to get the thickness even across each cutlet. Sprinkle one side with seasoned salt.
  2. Beat egg in a small bowl and dip cutlets in.
  3. Press into breadcrumbs until well coated. Set aside on wax paper for 10-30 minutes.
  4. Heat half the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. add milanesa and fry for about 2-3 minutes on one side. Add more oil if needed. Turn and fry another 2-3 minutes until brown and cooked through.
  5. Serve simply with lemon wedges

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  1. Natalie Delaporte on March 4, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I made this last night after seeing your video and it was a big hit! Chicken is often something I set out and dont know what the hell I should do with it. This came at the perfect time and was so tasty! My baby even loved it 😉

    • Hilah on March 4, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Awesome, Natalie! Flint likes this recipe, too. I love that it’s so fast. 🙂

  2. Jen on March 6, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Chicken breasts are on sale at our local HEB this week, so I know what I’m making for dinner one night.

    • Hilah on March 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Yay! Man, I miss HEB.

  3. Gorak The Destroyer on March 16, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I tried this chicken milanesa recipe out on my crew last week after a busy day at work. This recipe is so quick & easy, and very much a crowd-pleaser. My little monsters scarfed it right up and came back for more! We’ve followed your recipes for a couple years now, and try a new one out every couple weeks. Rock on Hilah!!!

    • Hilah on March 16, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Yay! 😀 Thanks, Gorak!

  4. Meg on April 7, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Hi Hilah,

    I have been making this recipe for a few years now after I came across it somewhere! While perfect just as you posted, I sometimes add garlic powder and some parmesan cheese to my panko mix for a little blast of flavor! De-lish!

    • Hilah on April 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Yum! Love adding Parmesan. 🙂

  5. Cierra on April 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Hi Hilah! I’ve been following your recipes online for about 2 years now, but I’ve never commented so I hope you reply! What does the “milanesa” in this mean? I’m very curious. Suppose I could ask Google, but I’d rather find out from you. And I’m super excited to try it out, I love me some chicken cutlets. Thanks!

    • Hilah on April 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Cierra!
      Milanesa is just the Spanish version of Milanese, which comes from the word/place Milan, Italy. I think the recipes are identical, I’m just used to calling it milanesa because I’m from Texas and that’s what it’s called there!

  6. Cathy on July 5, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    OMG!!!! Best chicken breast recipe ever!!!! Tender, tasty and best of all quick and easy!!!! Thank you Hilah, awesome recipe again!!!

  7. Cathy on July 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Sorry, missed the star rating! Definitely five star!!!

    • Hilah on July 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Thank you, Cathy! 😀 That helps a ton!

  8. Mary Eman on November 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    This is one of my favorites things to do with chicken breasts. I like to serve it with a baby arugula salad and a tart vinaigrette, and sometimes rice too.

    • Hilah on November 17, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      That’s a great combo!

  9. Ana Rid on July 8, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I made it and was absolutely delicious, accompanied with an aragula salad with citrus dressing and parmessan and glass of wine of course. Outstanding!!

    • Hilah on July 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed, Ana. Sounds like a great menu

  10. Mike m on April 17, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I’m just learning to cook and this seemed simple……turned out great….. Thanks for your helpful recipes…..

  11. Blanca Lopez on June 14, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Can’t wait to try this tonight

  12. David on September 6, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Howdy from Central Texas! I, the vegetarian in the house, am making this for my partner (total carnivore) this evening, with chicken cutlets from…HEB! Wish me luck that he loves it ??

    • Hilah on September 6, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      I can pretty much GUARANTEE it, David! P.S. I’ve also done this Milanese recipe using seitan cutlets!

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