Italian-Style Chicken Cutlets

By NcMysteryShopper on August 24, 2005

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    1. 2 slices good-quality white bread, crusts removed
    2. 1/4 cup half-and-half
    3. 1 lb ground chicken
    4. 1 egg
    5. salt, to taste (optional)
    6. 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    7. 5 tablespoons butter, 3 of them at room temperature
    8. 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
    9. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
    10. 2 tablespoons cooking oil


  1. Break the bread into pieces. In a large bowl, soak the bread in the half-and-half until the liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Mix in the chicken, egg, salt (if any), pepper, and the 3 tablespoons room-temperature butter. Put in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up.
  2. Remove the chicken mixture from the freezer; it will still be very soft. Form the mixture into four oval cutlets. Mix the parm and bread crumbs in a small bowl and coat the cutlets with the bread crumb mixture.
  3. In a large, nonstick frying pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the oil over moderate heat. Cook the cutlets until golden brown and just done, 4 to 5 minutes per side.