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!
Chicken Cutlets in Air Fryer:
Breaded thin chicken in air fryer is a mid week dinner dream. Juicy, tender chicken cutlets, covered with a golden crunchy, delicious outer coating of bread crumbs. This is a great dish for any pallet and makes for a perfect dinner option when you want a filling dish that requires minimal prep and only takes 20 minutes to cook.
Healthy Air fryer chicken with bread crumbs will become your new favorite way to prepare chicken.
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.
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
All purpose flour
Tips for Making Thin Breaded Chicken in an Air Fryer:
Easy to make and easy to like, this Air Fryer Breaded Chicken will win over both children and adults alike. Here are a few tips to help you make the best breaded chicken in 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.
How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets:
(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!
Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets Seasoning Variations:
You can add different herbs and spices to the crispy coating. For spicy chicken, add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. Try dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or rosemary. Mix the seasonings with the panko breadcrumbs so the spice coats the chicken.
Why you’ll love these Thin Breaded Chicken in Air Fryer:
- Cooked to perfection – This recipe is so crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Thanks to the Air Fryer!
- Customizable – Switch up the seasoning based on your preferences.
- Endless possibilities – These can be served as a main course with air fryer vegetable or a side salad for dinner or wrapped into a sandwich.
- Healthier – No oil. Just a bit of cooking spray needed.
- Kid friendly – And grown ups alike!
Frequently Asked Questions:
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 is the difference between a chicken breast and a chicken cutlet?
A chicken cutlet is simply a thinly sliced chicken breast. A chicken breast is a whole breast.
What is the difference between chicken cutlets and chicken tenders?
Chicken cutlets are thin-sliced chicken breasts while chicken tenders are larger, thicker cuts of chicken breast meat.
What to serve with breaded air fryer chicken cutlet breast:
Air fryer chicken breast can be served alongside some roasted veggies, such as Rainbow Carrots with Tahini Sauce or air fryer vegetables to keep it as healthy as possible, such as Air Fryer Asparagus, or Air Fryer Carrot Fries. They will also 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.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe:
- Air Fryer (I use and love my Cosori air fryer)
- Kitchen tongs
can you use parchment paper in place of spraying the air fryer basket?
Hello Billie, the one time I tried using parchment paper in my air fryer, it started floating up. So I personally do not recommend it, but definitely do give it a try and see if it works for you. Just make sure to keep an eye on it.
Very easy air fryer recipe, the crumbs stick to the chicken and it was very tasty and moist! I didn’t expect to get this result without deep frying them. Air fryer breaded chicken is my new favorite recipe to make!
That’s so awesome! Yay!
One of my favorite air fryer chicken recipes! Adults and kids approved and it’s so easy and quick to make! I love severing with air fryer carrots on the side for a healthier side dish.
Ahhh yay!! I love cooking chicken in the air fryer as well! Comes out amazing every time!
This is my go-to air fryer chicken cutlets recipe! It comes out so crispy and delicious everytime!
So happy to hear that! 🙂
Can I make these cutlets a day before?
Yes! I would bread the chicken and place in an airtight container in the fridge. Then when ready to serve, cook in air fryer as they are best enjoyed fresh 🙂 Hope this helps!
Excellent recipe! My kids loved them in a sandwich!
Happy to hear your kids enjoyed this chicken cutlets recipe.
I made these chicken cutlets in my air fryer the other day and my kids LOVED them! They turned out so crispy and not dry at all! I popped the leftovers in a panini the next day for lunch with cheese and toasted it and it was SO delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!
Yay! That is so so good to hear! I love the leftover idea!
We make those on regular basis now and we can’t get enough. I told my husband we need two air fryers! Lol
Haha only of my counter space was bigger! Glad your love this air fryer chicken recipe 🙂
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.
You are so welcome! I hope you enjoyed it 🙂
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.
I literally tried every single air fryer recipe on your website! They’re all amazing, keep em coming!
Aww yay!! I love air fryer recipes too 🙂 I sure will add more!
This recipe came out perfect! The chicken breasts were delicious!
That’s great! Glad you enjoyed my Air Fryer chicken cutlets recipe! 🙂
Came out perfectly cooked! Crispy and moist! I really loved this thin airfryer chicken breast in the airfryer.
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!
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 ?
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.
Trying these tonight!
So glad to hear you’re trying my air fryer chicken cutlets recipe! Please let me know how it turns out for you!
I’m trying these tonight! They look amazing!
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! 🙂