Easy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

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These Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets are quickly coated in breading and fried in the air fryer with very little oil to make a crispy, juicy piece of chicken that only take about 20 minutes to make.

Chicken cutlets

Air fryer chicken cutlets are wonderfully crispy on the outside, but the chicken stays nice and juicy on the inside. The best part about using an air fryer to make them is how much less oil they will absorb, yet they’re still just as crispy.

I like to eat these chicken cutlets as is right when they come out of the air fryer, with a quick side dish. So simple, and so tasty. But I also make them to put on a crispy chicken salad or to use in chicken wraps. The breading adds a little extra crunch that’s so good.

» You might be interested in this Air Fryer Cooking Times Cheat Sheet and Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Kiev.

Ingredients You Need

Ingredients for chicken cutlets

You can buy already breaded chicken cutlets and just put them in the air fryer to cook. That’s a perfectly reasonable way to do it. However, I usually like to bread my own chicken, because then I know that no extra oil has been added. Choose whichever way suits you.

  • Frozen store-bought breaded chicken cutlets

OR

  • Chicken – Boneless skinless chicken breast works best in this recipe because you can flatten them easily, but chicken thighs can be used, too. Make sure you slice the chicken breast in half down the middle and pound them slightly so they’re even throughout.
  • Egg – Egg acts as a binding agent to help the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken better.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour will give the best results.
  • Breadcrumbs – What breadcrumbs you use really depends on your personal preference. I like to use panko breadcrumbs, but I grind them up slightly so they aren’t such big pieces. You can also use a finer breadcrumbs or you can add extra flavor by using Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs. 
  • Salt & Ground Black Pepper – The chicken should be seasoned on both sides before you dredge it in the egg and flour, for the most flavor.
  • Seasonings – You can use any seasonings you like in the breadcrumb mixture. I like to use garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and paprika.
  • Cornstarch – Adding a bit of cornstarch helps the breading stick to the chicken and will make it turn out more crispy.

Equipment Needed

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit 2 Chicken Kiev pieces. Give each piece of chicken Kiev enough space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
  • Meat thermometer: The only way to tell if meat is fully cooked to the right temperature is to use a meat thermometer. I use this Instant Read thermometer. It’s so quick to open the basket and check the temp.
  • Meat mallet: To pound the chicken down to an even thickness, I use this Kitchenaid meat mallet.
Chicken cutlet with green beans

Helpful Tips

  • The easiest way to get all the chicken breaded quickly is to make a breading station. Have all of the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs ready in their own bowls or plates. That way you can easily and quickly bread each chicken cutlet.
  • Measure the internal temperature of the chicken cutlets using a meat thermometer. Each air fryer is built differently, so your model may take more or less time to cook the chicken. Chicken should reach a temperature of 165°F. 
  • Wear gloves while breading the chicken to prevent cross contamination.

Stovetop Directions

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem!

Complete steps 1-3 below. Then using a heavy and deep skillet or Dutch oven, pour the cooking oil into the pan until there is a solid layer of oil in the bottom, about 1/8 inch high. The oil needs to be heated to and stay at 350° F(175°C) for the perfect fry.

When the oil reaches 350°F, add the chicken and cook on each side for 5 minutes or until the Panko looks golden brown. When the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165° F(75°C), remove the chicken to a wire rack. Season with salt.

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Chicken cutlet with green beans

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

These Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets are quickly coated in breading and fried in the air fryer with very little oil to make a crispy, juicy piece of chicken that only take about 20 minutes to make.
4.9 from 70 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 194 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast cut in half and lightly pounded
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons (15 g) flour
  • 1/4 cup (27 g) fine bread crumbs or panko
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.8 g) garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.3 g) flake salt

Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Whisk the egg in a bowl. Combine the breadcrumbs, flour, and seasonings on another plate.
  • Dredge the chicken cutlets in the egg, shake off excess. Lay the chicken in the breadcrumbs, then drag/flip to fully coat the chicken.
  • Spray the chicken with a generous amount of cooking oil. Place it, oiled side down in the air fryer basket. Spray the top side.
  • Cook the chicken at 385˚F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. The chicken is done when it reaches 165˚F internal temperature.

Notes

  • The easiest way to get all the chicken breaded quickly is to make a breading station. Have all of the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs ready in their own bowls or plates. That way you can easily and quickly bread each chicken cutlet.
  • Measure the internal temperature of the chicken cutlets using a meat thermometer. Each air fryer is built differently, so your model may take more or less time to cook the chicken. Chicken should reach a temperature of 165°F. 
  • Wear gloves while breading the chicken to prevent cross contamination.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 17gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 487mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 174IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
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What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

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4 thoughts on “Easy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

  1. Madeline says:

    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!

  2. Gert says:

    I don’t know how to use the airfryer. I just got it so I need a lot of help. it also is a convention airfryer.

  3. Larry Krainson says:

    5 stars
    I made this for my wife today (She’s always skeptical when I use the air fryer) and it came out delicious. She went back for seconds. We normally have leftovers but not today!

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