Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Cutlets Recipe

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Learn how to make crunchy breaded chicken cutlets without oil by using the air fryer! These air fried chicken cutlets are so much healthier for you than deep frying and they taste just as good!

two chicken cutlets going in the air fryer

Does your family love chicken but not want all the calories from eating oily fried chicken? Look no further than this air fried breaded chicken recipe. This uses no oil and still comes out super crispy!

Want to make it gluten-free? Just buy gluten-free bread crumbs such as rice crumbs instead.

You can use any kind of bread crumbs you want for this recipe – even panko would be good.

two chicken cutlets cooking in air fryer

How to Make Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Cutlets

First gather all of your ingredients for this recipe. You will need:

  • 1 egg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Chicken cutlets – or 1 chicken breast sliced in half
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

two breaded chicken cutlets in the air fryer basket

Step one for this recipe is to crack the egg into a bowl and whisk it. Then pour some breadcrumbs into a separate plate or shallow bowl.

Don’t forget to spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray. This will keep the chicken from sticking!

2 breaded chicken cutlets in the air fryer

Next you are going to season the chicken. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. You can also use any other seasonings you like here! Feel free to be creative. Make sure to season both sides!

If you want to do more than 2 cutlets, you can do them in batches. You do not want the chicken to overlap in the air fryer.

close up of chicken cutlets in the air fryer

Next dip 1 cutlet into the egg, coating both sides. Then place the chicken in the breadcrumbs and cover it well. Place the cutlet in the air fryer basket. Repeat with second cutlet.

Then set the temperature of air fryer to 400F and the time to 10 minutes. I find that minutes is enough time for thin cutlets, but if yours are a bit thick, set it for 15 minutes.

Halfway through cooking, take out the air fryer basket and use a spatula to flip over the cutlets. This will ensure even browning on both sides.

two chicken cutlets cooked on a plate

Return the basket to the air fryer and let it finish cooking. When done, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Make sure the chicken is at least 165F before removing.

When finished, take out and enjoy! See my ideas for pairing with sides below!

fork holding piece of chicken cutlet over plate of cutlets

What to Serve with Air Fried Chicken Cutlets

These cutlets would go great with any number of sides to make a filling meal! Enjoy for an easy dinner!

fork holding piece of breaded chicken above plate of cutlets

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Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Cutlets

These breaded chicken cutlets will be so crispy you won't miss regular fried chicken at all! Plus they are made without any oil so they are a healthier option.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Chicken, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breaded chicken
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 200kcal

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  • 2 Chicken cutlets
  • 1 Egg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

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  • First spray your air fryer basket with some non-stick cooking oil spray.
  • Crack an egg into a shallow bowl and whisk.
  • Pour some breadcrumbs onto a plate.
  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Make sure to do both sides.
  • Then one at a time, dip the chicken into the egg on both sides, and then coat it in the breadcrumbs. Place in the air fryer basket. Do the same for the other cutlet.
  • Set the air fryer temperature to 400F and the time to 10 minutes for thin cutlets. If yours are thicker, use 15 minutes.
  • Halfway through cooking, remove the basket and use a spatula to flip the cutlets over.
  • Return basket to air fryer and let it finish cooking.
  • When done, check internal temperature to make sure it is at least 165F.
  • Remove and enjoy!


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Serving: 1cutlet | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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