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Crispy Chicken Milanese with Herb

This flavorful dish is named after the city of Milan in Italy. It is popular not only in Italy but also in Latin American countries where any kind of breaded meat is called ‘Milanesa’ or ‘Milanese’. This dish was actually introduced into South America by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The dish is made with thinly sliced chicken, beef, veal, or pork. There are even modern variants with tofu or eggplant. The meat is dipped into eggs and then breadcrumbs, along with garlic, herbs and/or other seasonings, then shallow fried.

Although sometimes mozzarella, tomato pasta and maybe also ham are added, to make ‘Milanese a la Napolitana’, our recipe is the basic chicken Milanese recipe. You will need chicken breast halves, along with eggs and panko (also known as Japanese breadcrumbs) for dipping. We are adding parsley and oregano, herbs which are often used in traditional Italian recipes, to add delicate flavor accents to the dish. A little lemon juice (fresh of course!) is sprinkled over the chicken Milanese just before serving.

The crunchy coating contrasts beautifully with the soft, moist chicken breast inside, and this is a dish that you cannot get bored with. Perhaps you will want to add it to your regular meal rotation, because it is something the whole family should enjoy. Serve it with pasta or potatoes, plus your favorite vegetables. Some people like to serve a little tomato sauce with their chicken Milanese, either the bottled kind or, preferably something homemade. Next time you want chicken for dinner, try this classic Italian recipe.

Traditional Chicken Milanese
Summary: Chicken is coated in beaten egg and then herby, crispy Japanese breadcrumbs, before being shallow fried until golden brown and delicious. This is quick and easy to make.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
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  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 beaten large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1¼ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Flatten the chicken between plastic wrap using the flat side of a meat mallet.
  2. Get it about ½ inch thick.
  3. Combine the parsley with the panko, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  4. Dip the chicken in the eggs, turning to coat.
  5. Dredge the chicken in the panko and then in the egg.
  6. Ensure the chicken is well coated.
  7. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over a medium-high heat.
  8. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the chicken and serve immediately.

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Our chicken Milanese recipe combines a crispy coating with soft, moist chicken breast. Fresh herbs and lemon juice add gorgeous Italian flavors to the dish, and this is wonderful served with garlic mashed potatoes or even some pasta served in a simple tomato sauce. Chicken Milanese is a recipe which should appeal to the whole family and everyone will love how crispy and flavorful every bite is. The ingredients are easy to find and the dish itself is quick and easy to make. You can have the whole meal on the table in half an hour, which is perfect for those busy weeknight evenings when you want to make something simple and satisfying.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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