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Secret-Ingredient Chicken Milanese Recipe Cooks Up Extra Crispy and Delicious

This twist on an Italian classic is ready in just 30 minutes!

Chicken Milanese is one of our favorites: The pairing of a crispy cutlet with peppery arugula in a lemony dressing is guaranteed to wake up your taste buds. And for our version, we upped the crunch factor with a surprise ingredient: instead of breadcrumbs, we use potato flakes. That’s right — instant mashed potatoes are the secret to this dish that tastes fancy but actually only costs $1.75 a serving. Even better? It’s speeds to the table in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights.

Here’s another secret: If you want to up the flavor even more, skip the egg dip and instead brush the pounded chicken with a bit of ranch dressing before coating in potato flakes. It’ll add creaminess and an irresistible tang. Let us know in the comments how you experiment with the dish.

Looking for more chicken dishes like this chicken Milanese recipe? Check out our recipe for Shortcut Chicken Cobbler. And if you have leftovers, you can shred it and reuse it in one of our Shredded Chicken Recipes.


4 servings

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  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. + 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. + 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 c. potato flakes
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 (10 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breast halves, halved horizontally
  • 6 c. baby arugula
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 c. thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 c. Parmesan shavings


In bowl, whisk 2 Tbs. oil, lemon juice, 1⁄8 tsp. salt and 1⁄8 tsp. pepper. Reserve dressing.

In bowl, mix potato flakes and flour. Place eggs in separate bowl. Between 2 sheets plastic wrap, pound chicken to 1⁄3" thick; sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Working with 1 cutlet at a time, dip in eggs then flour mix.

In nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium-low. Add 2 cutlets; cook, flipping once, 3–4 min. per side. Repeat.

In bowl, mix arugula, tomatoes and onion. Transfer to plate; add dressing and Parmesan.


  • Calories: 440
  • Fat: 22 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 5 gram
  • Protein: 41 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 19 gram
  • Fiber: 3 gram
  • Cholesterol: 180 mg
  • Sugar: 3 gram
  • Sodium: 470 mg


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