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.

Chicken Milanesa Video (scroll down for recipe card)

Chicken Milanesa Recipe


Chicken Milanesa

  • 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

You might also like this milanesa torta recipe video!

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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

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