How to Fry Chicken Cutlets - The Best Oil Explained

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Best Oil for Frying Chicken Cutlets

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Additional Time: 30 minutes (for marinating)

Total Time: 55-60 minutes

Servings: 4-6


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin to 1/4 inch thickness
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil for frying


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Marinade:

    • In a shallow bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using).
    • Add the pounded chicken cutlets to the marinade, making sure they are fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Set up the Breading Station:

    • Place the flour in one shallow dish.
    • Place the beaten eggs in a second shallow dish.
    • Place the panko breadcrumbs in a third shallow dish.
    • Season the flour and panko breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
  3. Bread the Chicken Cutlets:

    • Remove the chicken cutlets from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off.
    • Dredge the chicken in the seasoned flour, coating both sides.
    • Dip the floured chicken into the beaten eggs, letting the excess drip off.
    • Finally, coat the chicken in the panko breadcrumbs, pressing gently to help them adhere.
  4. Fry the Chicken Cutlets:

    • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil or avocado oil over medium-high heat to 350°F-375°F.
    • Carefully add the breaded chicken cutlets to the hot oil, working in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding.
    • Fry the chicken for 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
    • Transfer the fried chicken cutlets to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  5. Serve and Enjoy:

    • Serve the crispy fried chicken cutlets immediately, garnished with fresh parsley or lemon wedges, if desired.
    • Enjoy the chicken cutlets on their own, or serve them with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Cook’s Note:

  • For the best results, use a high-quality oil with a high smoke point, such as olive oil or avocado oil. These oils can withstand the high heat required for frying without burning or imparting unwanted flavors.
  • If you prefer a lighter breading, you can use a combination of all-purpose flour and panko breadcrumbs, or use a lighter breadcrumb, such as Japanese-style panko.
  • Adjust the cooking time as needed, depending on the thickness of your chicken cutlets. Ensure the chicken is cooked through, with an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • For a healthier option, you can bake the breaded chicken cutlets in the oven at 400°F for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, instead of frying.

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About Christina Flores

Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!