Learned this dish from my Italian grandma. It’s divine and quick to put together!


Servings: 4
– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 2 large eggs
– 2 tablespoons milk
– 2 cups breadcrumbs (Italian seasoned, if you have them)
– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
– Vegetable oil, for frying
– Lemon wedges, for serving
– Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)
1. Start by placing each chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, gently pound the chicken to an even 1/4-inch thickness. This not only tenderizes your chicken, it also ensures it cooks evenly and quickly.
2. Next, get yourself three shallow dishes. Pour flour into the first, beat the eggs with the milk in the second, and mix breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in the third.
3. Season the pounded chicken breasts with a little sprinkle of salt and pepper. One at a time, dredge each piece in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip next into the egg mixture, and then coat thoroughly in the breadcrumb mixture. Pressing the crumbs in a bit helps them stick so you get that beautiful crunchy crust.
4. In a large skillet, heat a generous amount of oil (enough to come about 1/2-inch up the sides) over medium heat. When the oil’s shimmering but not smoking, add the chicken. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through.
5. Drain on paper towels, and if you’re feeling fancy, give them a quick sprinkle of salt while they’re hot. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze on top and a sprinkle of fresh parsley, if you’ve got it.
Variations & Tips
– For a gluten-free version, use almond flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs. These days, you hardly have to compromise on texture or flavor!
– If you’ve got adventurous eaters, you can mix these up by adding different herbs or spices to the breadcrumbs—think thyme, rosemary, or a pinch of smoked paprika.
– And remember, if you’re in a pinch, you can cheat a little with store-bought breadcrumbs. Just jazz them up with extra Parmesan and a sprinkle of your favorite dried herbs.
– Last tip: when you’re frying the chicken, don’t crowd the pan too much. This way, each piece has room to get that perfect, crispy golden crust.

Cooking up a dish like Chicken Milanese is more than just making dinner; it’s about creating a moment that gathers everyone around the table, filled with laughter, stories, and a meal that’s straight from the heart. Enjoy every bite!

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