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Shortcut Chicken Milanese
with arugula and tomato salad

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Crisp, rich Chicken Milanese is a great counterpoint to the flavors of a fresh green salad. We simplified this dish, which is typically breaded and shallow-fried, by baking it in the oven.
Smarts: Spreading mayonnaise over the chicken not only helps the breading to stick but helps keep the chicken tender as it bakes. Baking at high heat will help the breading to turn golden brown like the classic pan-fried version. 

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Shortcut Chicken Milanese:
  • Cheese, parmesan - 1/4 cup, grated, plus more for serving
  • Chicken breast, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, halved to thin
  • Lemons - 1/2, wedges
  • Foil - for baking
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1 cup
  • Lemon zest - 1/2 tsp
Lemony Arugula and Tomato Salad:
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Baby arugula - 8 oz
  • Olives, any sliced variety like kalamata or green - 1/2 cup

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Prep

  1. Cheese - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Grate cheese. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Chicken - Slice chicken breasts in half. They should be about ½” / 1.25 cm thick (if they are much thicker, pound with a tenderizer to thin out slightly). Season with some salt and pepper.

  3. Lemons / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C degrees.

  2. Line a sheet pan with foil and then spray with nonstick cooking spray or brush with some oil. Lay chicken out on the pan. Spread the top of each piece of chicken with a thin layer of mayonnaise.

  3. Melt butter in the microwave. Stir in panko, cheese, and lemon zest. Press panko mixture firmly into the top of each piece of chicken. (Note: Try to keep most of the panko on the chicken. Any that falls onto the pan around the chicken may cook more quickly and burn.)

  4. Bake chicken until cooked through (165F / 74C degrees), 13 to 18 minutes, depending on thickness.

  5. While chicken bakes, whisk together lemon juice and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Add arugula, tomatoes, and olives and toss gently to combine. Season with some salt and pepper.

  6. Serve chicken over salad with lemon wedges on the side. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the chicken just before serving. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (41)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (4)

Most Helpful

Delicious! Subbed non-fat Greek yogurt for mayo. Also used gluten-free panko instead of almond meal. Dressing is delish and love the olives in the salad!

By: Alyssa
Posted: Sep 21, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
1 Helpful

21 reviews

This was missing something. I left out olives but that salad dressing of just oil and lemon juice was on the bland side. Panko crust worked out perfectly.

By: Teresa
Posted: Oct 18, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Our grocery store was out of arugula and we subbed spinach. I think this needed the arugula. Tasty and comes together quickly.

By: Sara
Posted: Oct 10, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I loved this - kids not so much.

By: Namrita
Posted: Sep 28, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

This was just okay.

By: Catherine
Posted: Sep 27, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was way better than I tight it would be. It was so easy and the breading was so good. At first I thought it was too much, but I kept putting more and more on and it baked perfectly.

By: Becca
Posted: Sep 24, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Fantastic! Used extra lemon zest and it got great reviews.

By: Teresa
Posted: Sep 23, 2021
Diet: Original
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