Clean Breaded Chicken Cutlets

My dear friend Christina and I call one another Chicken, in only the most endearing way, because we heard the following conversation nearly a decade ago and thought it was hilarious:
Little boy: “You’re a chicken!”
Little girl: “Well, You’re a turkey!”
Little boy: “No, you’re a flamingo!”
Ever since then, we have both been known as “Chicken” (and it’s not very original given that we stole the joke from two little kids). I should also mention that our maturity levels drop drastically as soon as the other is in view… and this makes everything we do way more fun while annoying the crap out of everyone around us. More often than not we are the only two people laughing in a movie theater or being asked to stop dressing up in aprons and taking pictures of one another at Anthropologie. Just yesterday we were throwing around poultry-inspired names for a fictional business venture like Chicka Chicka Bawk Bawk and Chicken Coop. We have no ideas or business plans for either, except that the later would probably involve none other than Cooper (the dog). To make a long story short, we now have yet another joke that’s probably only funny to us.
So, to honor this long-standing and special friendship, I wanted to share my favorite way to cook chicken (the meat, not the person). Instead of frying the cutlets in oil, they are breaded with clean ingredients and baked. Enjoy!
Clean Breaded Chicken Cutlets
  • 4-5 chicken cutlets, about 1/4″ thick
  • 1 cup almond meal (sub out whole wheat flour if you are allergic to nuts!)
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • cooking spray

    Clean breaded chicken w/ veggies

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. One by one, coat cutlets in almond meal, egg whites, and bread crumbs.
  4. Arrange in one layer on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
  6. Sometimes I serve the chicken plain, but I also have some variations that I use to keep things interesting: I top it with hot sauce and crumbled blue cheese; incorporate it into pasta dishes in lieu of fried cutlets; put it in a whole wheat wrap with tomato, basil & mozzarella – the possibilities are endless!
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2 thoughts on “Clean Breaded Chicken Cutlets

  1. Kelly says:

    I live in Michigan and we have a fast food place called “The Chicken Coop”! Funny thing is, they are better at doing fish than chicken!

  2. that’s too funny! love that photo of the “original” chicken coop! guess our ideas weren’t that original, but I’d be willing to bet they don’t have a dog as a mascot haha 😉

    thanks for reading!

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