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Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

When thin chicken cutlets are seasoned in breadcrumb and then air fried for crispy golden color, it's called Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets. They are perfect for any dinner. It's a new way to enjoy chicken. Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets are tender and juicy. These cutlets are very famous among food enthusiasts for many reasons. You can cook them in less than 30 minutes with minimal prep time and few home ingredients.

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

In this article, you will learn how to make chicken cutlets in the air fryer. It is a simple recipe with a clean cooking process. Let's jump into it.

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

What are Chicken Cutlets? When you make thin slices of chicken breast, these are called chicken cutlets. These are boneless and skinless, pure meat flesh.

While you can buy presliced chicken cutlets from your nearest grocery store, you can also use your homemade chicken slices for this recipe. Well, you can call them your homemade chicken cutlets. So let's make our own chicken cutlets.

Making Homemade Chicken Cutlets

For making homemade chicken cutlets take your chicken breast. Remove the center bone from it and take apart the meaty part. Now take a sharp knife and make thin slices horizontally from the meat's thick to the thin end.

When making slicing, ensure each slice has the same thickness so you can cook them evenly simultaneously. Freeze your chicken for almost 30 minutes for perfect slices. It is more convenient to make frozen chicken slices.

Why Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets?

We can deep fry these cutlets, but I am air frying them because these are healthier than deep frying. Deep frying uses more oil, that's not good for our health. But in air frying, it takes only a splash of oil, and you will get perfectly cooked, tender, and juicy chicken cutlets in no time. 

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

You can still follow the recipe if you don't have an air fryer. It will work perfectly.

Ingredients For Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

  • Chicken Cutlets (Means chicken slices)
  • Breadcrumbs (I am using Italian seasoned, but you can also panko breadcrumbs)
  • Egg
  • Black pepper & Salt (Optional seasoning)
  • Olive Oil spray

Equipment We Need

  • Air Fryer
  • Spatula
  • Mixing Bowls

How To Cook Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets?

Let's start with making things ready. Take 2 bowls and one plate. Pour breadcrumbs into one bowl and eggs (only egg whites) into another bowl. We will use the plate for our bread-crumbed cutlets and later for cooked cutlets.

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

Another necessary step is to preheat your air fryer. This step is necessary for crispness and tenderness. Preheat your air fryer to 400F(200C) for approx 3 minutes.

With olive oil spray, generously spray the air fryer basket. Now take one chicken slice, and dip it into the egg white. Next, dip into the breadcrumb and place into the plate. Repeat this procedure for all reaming cutlets and prepare them for air fry.


Now place each coated cutlet into the air fryer basket. Check the place in the air fryer basket and adjust the cutlets accordingly. Don't overcrowd them in the basket. Otherwise, the results can be soggy and uneven.

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

Different air fryers have different filling capacities. In some air fryers, you can only place 2 cutlets simultaneously. For large air fryers, you can place 3 cutlets.

We will cook chicken cutlets for 15 minutes. Flip the cutlets after halftime and spray oil. Cook them until you get the perfect golden color.

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

Now our chicken cutlets are perfectly cooked, remove them from the air fryer basket. Place cooked cutlets into the serving plate. Repeat the process for the remaining chicken slices.

Pro Tips For Best Results

Why are my Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets soggy? Here are some pro tips for perfectly cooked Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets.
  • Preheating Air Fryer - Always preheat your air fryer for perfect crispy results while cooking chicken cutlets.
  • Avoid Overcrowding - Don't overcrowd air fryer baskets. If you have many pieces, cook them in batches.
  • Use Oil Spray - Use Oil spray in the air fryer basket before placing cutlets.
  • Flip Half Time - For even cooking on both sides, flip the cutlets halftime and use oil spray again.

Serving Suggestions

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets is a versatile dish. You can serve it as you wish.
  1. Children enjoy eating them with ketchup. They also love to make small pieces, smother them with ketchup, and eat them.
  2. You can also serve them with your favorite salad for a healthier combo. Have you tried my Southwest Corn Salad and Spinach Arugula Salad?
  3. Place them into the hamburger rolls and enjoy your tasty and juicy meal.
  4. You can also prepare tasty sandwiches with these Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets. 
Feel free to enjoy chicken cutlets as per your taste and preference.

Flavorful Recipe Variations

Lemon Herb Chicken Cutlets

  • Marinate the chicken cutlets in a mixture of lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper for at least 30 minutes.
  • Coat the marinated chicken cutlets in a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Air fry the coated cutlets.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Cutlets

  • Combine hot sauce, melted butter, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a bowl to make a spicy buffalo sauce.
  • Dip the chicken cutlets into the buffalo sauce.
  • Coat the chicken cutlets into breadcrumbs.
  • Air fry the coated cutlets.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Cutlets:

  • Mix breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a shallow dish.
  • Dip the chicken cutlets into egg whites and coat them in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Air fry the coated cutlets. 
These are some of my tested Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets recipe variations. Use them as a starting point and experiment yourself.

Having Leftovers?

If you have any leftovers, store them in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container. When needed, reheat them in the air fryer and serve as you wish.

Conclusion

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets is a healthy alternative to deep-fried chicken cutlets. You can cook them in less than 20 minutes and serve them as you wish. Get tender and juicy outcomes with less prep time and few ingredients. These chicken cutlets are perfect for any dinner. Next time you crave something crunchy, tender, and juicy, try Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets. I am sure they will never disappoint you. Happy Eating!

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

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FAQ's

How Long To Cook Chicken Cutlets In Air Fryer?
Cook chicken cutlets for 15 minutes. Flip the cutlets after halftime and spray oil. Cook them until you get the perfect golden color.

Can I Use Regular Chicken Breast Instead Of Pre-Sliced Cutlets?
You can use regular chicken breast and slice it into thin cutlets yourself. Ensure that the slices have the same thickness. This will ensure consistent results.

Can I Use Frozen Chicken Cutlets In The Air Fryer?
Yes, you can use frozen chicken cutlets in the air fryer. You have to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Frozen cutlets may require slightly longer cooking.

How Do I Prevent The Chicken Cutlets From Sticking To The Air Fryer Basket?
To prevent sticking, spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil or use parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Can I Use A Different Coating Instead Of Breadcrumbs?
Absolutely! You can experiment with different coatings like crushed cornflakes, panko breadcrumbs, and crushed crackers.

Can I Marinate The Chicken Cutlets Before Coating Them?
Yes, you can marinate the chicken cutlets in your preferred marinade for extra flavor.

Can I Reheat The Leftover Chicken Cutlets In The Air Fryer?
You can reheat the leftover chicken cutlets in the air fryer for a few minutes at 325F(160°C). After reheating, serve them as you wish.
Recipe Picture

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

⏱️Cook Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

🥘Ingredients

  • Chicken Cutlets (Means chicken slices) - 4 Pieces
  • Breadcrumbs - 1/2 Cups (I am using Italian seasoned, but you can also panko breadcrumbs)
  • Egg - 2
  • Black pepper - To taste (Optional seasoning)
  • Salt - To taste (Optional seasoning)
  • Olive Oil spray

📝Instructions

  1. Take 2 bowls and one plate. Pour breadcrumbs into one bowl and eggs (only egg whites) into another bowl. 
  2. We will use the plate for our bread-crumbed cutlets and later for cooked cutlets.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 400F(200C) for approx 3 minutes.
  4. With olive oil, generously spray the air fryer basket. 
  5. Now take one chicken slice, and dip it into the egg white. Next, dip into the breadcrumb and place into the plate. 
  6. Repeat this procedure for all reaming cutlets and prepare them for air fry.
  7. Now place each coated cutlet into the air fryer basket. 
  8. Check the place in the air fryer basket and adjust the cutlets accordingly. 
  9. Don't overcrowd them in the basket. Otherwise, the results can be soggy and uneven.
  10. Cook chicken cutlets for 15 minutes.
  11. Flip the cutlets after halftime and spray oil. Cook them until you get the perfect golden color.
  12. Once the chicken cutlets are perfectly cooked, remove them from the air fryer basket. 
  13. Place cooked cutlets into the serving plate. Repeat the process for the remaining chicken slices.

📝Recipe Notes

  1. Preheating Air Fryer - Always preheat your air fryer for perfect crispy results while cooking chicken cutlets.
  2. Avoid Overcrowding - Don't overcrowd air fryer baskets. If you have many pieces, cook them in batches.
  3. Use Oil Spray - Use Oil spray in the air fryer basket before placing cutlets.
  4. Flip Half Time - For even cooking on both sides, flip the cutlets halftime and use oil spray again.

🔍Nutrition

Calories: 400kcalProtein: 20gCarbohydrates: 44gFat: 7gProtein: 35gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 670mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 320IUVitamin C: 1.5mgIron: 4mgCalcium: 82mgCholestrol: 199mg

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