Posted by / Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Chicken Milanese Recipe

This is one of those posts that was supposed to be one thing and then it turned into another. Well — almost. I was remembering my grandmother's fried chicken breasts. They were so perfectly and evenly thin and crispy brown while retaining that delicious moisture in the meat. Then I thought, her chicken was also similar to a veal milanese that I enjoy from time to time at a local restaurant. So with a few summer ingredients in the fridge, I am still frying chicken like my grandmother did and I'm just going to turn it into a summer chicken milanese.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour mixed with 3 tablespoons paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs, whisked until blended
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup peanut oil
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into chunks, I used an heirloom
  • 1 grilled corn on the cob
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon wedge, cut into 2 quarters
Simply shave the corn off the cob and toss with the arugula and tomato. Reserve keeping cool. Place the breast pieces between sheets of wax paper and pound to 1/4" thick using a kitchen mallet.

When it comes to the prep work for frying, it's good to have your dredging stations mis en place so you can dip with little mess when the chicken is ready.

Heat peanut oil in a frying or cast iron pan over medium high heat. While heating the oil, dredge the chicken through the flour and then into the egg. Finish by dredging through the panko bread crumbs and place them onto a sheet pan.

Lower the chicken into the now hot oil and reduce heat to medium. You want a light golden brown crust. With chicken this thin and in a hot pan, 3-4 minutes on the first side before flipping and cooking another 3 minutes on the second side will do the trick. Remove from oil, placing on a rack to cool slightly before serving.

Plate the chicken, adding a sprinkling of additional salt. Toss on your salad mixture.

Drizzle with olive oil and squeeze the lemon wedge on top. 

Yes, this reminds me of chicken milanese, but it also reminds me of my grandmother's lightly fried and warm chicken — it definitely turned out to be a winning combination I'm excited to add to the regular rotation.

What are some of your childhood memories of meals you recreate now?

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. Mmm this looks so good, Tim! I love the salad paired with the crunchy chicken.

    1. So true I love a cold crunchy salad on some warm fried chicken!


"Some people eat to live; I live to eat." -Tim Vidra

An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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