Chicken Milanese


10 Tips for when cooking this dish

  1. Pound the chicken to an even thickness to ensure uniform cooking.
  2. Use Italian-style breadcrumbs for added flavor.
  3. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese provides the best taste.
  4. Let the breaded chicken rest for a few minutes before frying to help the coating adhere better.
  5. Don’t overcrowd the pan; cook the chicken in batches if necessary.
  6. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  7. Drain the fried chicken on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  8. For a healthier option, bake the breaded chicken in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  9. Serve with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavors.
  10. Pair with a light salad or roasted vegetables to balance the meal.

Serve it with suggestions

  • Arugula Salad: A peppery arugula salad with cherry tomatoes, red onion, and a lemon vinaigrette.
  • Roasted Potatoes: Crispy roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic.
  • Pasta: A simple pasta with olive oil, garlic, and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
  • Vegetable Medley: Sautéed zucchini, bell peppers, and onions for a colorful side.
  • Rice Pilaf: Fluffy rice pilaf with herbs and a touch of butter.
  • Bruschetta: Fresh tomato bruschetta as a light and tasty appetizer.


Q: Can I bake Chicken Milanese instead of frying it?
A: Yes, you can bake the breaded chicken in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, for a healthier option.

Q: Can I prepare Chicken Milanese ahead of time?
A: You can bread the chicken and refrigerate it for a few hours before cooking. This can help the coating adhere better.

Q: What can I use instead of Parmesan cheese?
A: Pecorino Romano or Grana Padano are good substitutes for Parmesan cheese.

Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?
A: Yes, boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used, but you may need to adjust the cooking time.

Q: Is there a gluten-free option for this recipe?
A: Use gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs to make this dish gluten-free.

Q: How do I make the breading stick better to the chicken?
A: Let the breaded chicken rest for a few minutes before frying, and make sure the oil is hot enough when you start cooking.

Q: Can I use panko breadcrumbs?
A: Yes, panko breadcrumbs can be used for an extra crispy texture.

Q: What should I do with leftover Chicken Milanese?
A: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in the oven to maintain crispiness.

Q: Can I add herbs to the breading mixture?
A: Yes, adding fresh or dried herbs like basil, parsley, or thyme can enhance the flavor.

Q: What oil is best for frying Chicken Milanese?
A: Olive oil or a neutral oil with a high smoke point, like canola or vegetable oil, works well.


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