Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

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Crispy, golden, delicious Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets is my favorite way to make breaded chicken without all the oil! Air fryer breaded chicken will become your new favorite way to prepare chicken. It requires minimal prep and less than 20 minutes to cook. Serve these air fryer chicken cutlets on their own, in hamburger rolls or over a salad!

If you are looking for air fryer healthy recipes, then you will love this healthy breaded chicken culets.

Chicken Cutlets in Air Fryer:

These Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets are so crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Easy to make and perfectly air fried crispy chicken that the whole family can enjoy!

What is a Chicken Cutlet?

A chicken cutlet is basically a thin piece of a chicken breast, which usually come pre-sliced thin at your local grocery store.  Chicken cutlets can be easily prepared at home from a whole boneless, skinless chicken breast. Slice each whole chicken breast horizontally from the thick end to the thin end into two equal pieces. Then you simply pound them with a mallet to an even 1/4-inch thickness.  Chicken breast cutlets cook quick and evenly, that’s why they are perfect for air frying!

Quick Chicken Hack: If slicing your own cutlets, it’s helpful to freeze the chicken breasts for 20-30 minutes before cutting. I find it easier to slice through a slightly frozen piece of chicken or meat. 

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Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets Ingredients:

There is nothing like a good piece of tender chicken, coated in a flavorful, crunchy outer coating. Welcome air fried breaded chicken! Here is what you’ll need: 

Chicken breast cutlets

Panko breadcrumbs

All purpose flour


Garlic powder

Black pepper


Cooking spray

Tips for Making Breaded Chicken in an Air Fryer:

  • Pre heat your air fryer before adding the breaded chicken, for about 3 minutes. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket. Avoid the temptation of jamming a bunch of chicken pieces into the air fryer basket, this will lead to unevenly cooked cutlets. 
  • Flip the cutlets halfway through. To ensure they are crispy on both sides. 
  • Generously spray the chicken cutlets with cooking spray, once you place it in the air fryer and once you turn it halfway too. 
  • Don’t overcook your chicken breast: These cutlets cook really quick, overcooking can make them dry. I recommend you check around 7 minutes. 
if you are looking for air fryer chicken breast recipes, then you will love this breaded chicken cutlet recipe.

How to Make Breaded Chicken Cutlets in Air Fryer:

(Full recipe with quantities in recipe card below)

  • Dredge chicken cutlets in flour, beaten egg, then the breadcrumb mixture. 
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390°F and generously Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. 
  • In batches transfer chicken cutlets to the air fryer basket. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray as well.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes on one side then turn it, spray with cooking spray again and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Cook time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts. (Mine took 9 minutes).
  • Serve and Enjoy!  

How to Bake Thin Chicken Breast:

If you don’t own an air fryer, you can bake these chicken cutlets instead. Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and generously grease it with cooking spray. Place the chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking oil on top as well. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then flip the chicken cutlets and bake for 5-8 minutes more, or until golden and cooked through.

What to serve with breaded air fryer chicken cutlet breast:

Air fryer chicken breast can be served alongside some roasted veggies to keep it as healthy as possible. They will taste great with some roasted potatoes, over a salad, or with hummus or baba ganoush.

How to store crispy air fryer chicken:

These crispy chicken cutlets are best enjoyed fresh. But you can store it in the fridge for 3-5 days. Allow the cutlets to cool off completely on a cooling rack before placing it in an airtight container and storing it in the fridge. To Freeze, place in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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Air-Fried Falafel

Air-Fried Asparagus

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

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Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

A quick but flavorful recipe to cook breaded chicken breasts in the air fryer in just 20 minutes!


  1. In a shallow plate, mix the breadcrumbs with garlic powder until well combined.
  2. In another shallow plate, beat the egg with black pepper and salt.
  3. Add flour into a last shallow plate.
  4. Dip the chicken cutlet into the flour, then egg mixture , then breadcrumb mixture. 
  5. Shake off excess breading. Repeat for the remaining chicken.
  6. Spray the air fryer pan with cooking spray.
  7. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F and generously Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. 
  8. In batches transfer chicken cutlets to the air fryer basket. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray as well.
  9. Place the chicken in the basket of the air fryer, without over crowding the pan.
  10. Cook for 5 minutes on one side then turn it, spray with cooking spray again and cook for another 5 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Cook time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts.
  11. Serve and Enjoy! 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 460mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 37g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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Comments (21)

  • Just got a new stove with air fryer in the oven, haven’t made much in it yet a little unsure but I plan to make this chicken tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Just got or air fryer 1-1/2 weeks ago, we love it?? Great recipe! Chicken was moist and tender. I added 2 Tb.of grated Parmesan cheese to the bread crumbs. Yum!

    • That’s so awesome, Sue! I love my air fryer, and I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe, the Parmesan sounds like a great addition! I’ll have to try that next time 🙂

  • Hello! Mine is a question–have you cooked the homemade cutlets in the air fryer direct from the freezer?

    • If they are using frozen and already breaded chicken, then you can follow the same instructions and add about 5 extra minutes to the total cooking time. If they are not breaded, preheat your air fryer and place the frozen chicken cutlets in the basket of the air fir fryer. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the air fryer basket and follow the breading process, the cook the recipe as normal.
      I hope this helps.

  • Excellent breaded Air fryer chicken recipe! Quick and easy to make! I ordered cosori air fryer based on your recommendation, excellent choice. Thank you!

    • Thank you for taking the time to write a comment. Air fryer chicken cutlets are a family favorite in my house. Enjoy your cosori air fryer!

  • Made these tonight and it was the best air fryer chicken recipe i have used! So so good! I shared your blog via my Instagram ChelseaCountsCalories so others could see it! Thank you for sharing!

    • Hello Chelsea,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed my air fryer chicken cutlets recipe! And thank you for taking the time to write and comment and for sharing it on your Instagram page! I’ll be sure to check it out.

  • My family and friends tried these tonight. It was great, fast, and easy, I had all of the ingredients in my pantry. My air fryer did begin to smoke so if you could I would highly suggest a wipe down in between cooking the batches of chicken. We served it with baked beans and white rice. Delicious ?

    • Hello there!
      Thank you so much for trying my air fryer chicken cutlets recipe! Glad your family and friends enjoyed. It’ a family favorite in my house too!
      I also have found that shaking off any excess breading before adding it to the air fryer helps.

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