Take Back the Kitchen with Breaded Chicken Cutlets
So many of us are dependent on the ever present chicken nuggets sold in every supermarket and fast food establishment if we want our kids to eat. We can take back the chicken! Try this healthier version of a chicken nugget and within a few tries, maybe even one, your child will be a convert!
Breaded Chicken Cutlets
4 chicken breasts, pounded until they are about 1/2" thick
1 egg (or 2 TBS agave syrup-I'll explain later)
1 1/2-2 cups whole wheat bread bread crumbs
2 TBS olive oil or canola oil
2 TBS Parmesan cheese (optional)
In one wide, shallow bowl, beat the egg and set aside.
In another shallow bowl, place the bread crumbs mixed with cheese if you are using cheese
On a cutting board, lay out all the pounded chicken breasts
Line a large plate with wax paper to place breaded chicken on. You may want to store in the fridge if you plan to make later.
Dip cutlets in egg or brush with agave syrup with a spoon or a rubber brush. Then coat cutlets in bread crumbs on both sides and lay on wax paper lined plate. If you are not cooking immediately cover breaded cutlets and place in fridge.
When ready to cook:
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Heat up a large oven proof skillet over a medium flame on the stove. When the pan is hot, add the oil. When a breadcrumb is thrown into the pan and starts to sizzle, the oil is hot enough. Place the cutlets in the oil and let them brown for 2-3 minutes and then flip over. Cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side and then place the oven proof skillet in the oven for 15 minutes or until it is cooked through.
Alma Schneider, LCSW, is founder of Take Back the Kitchen. Like TBK, this blog is dedicated to helping people recognize and overcome the common and unique obstacles to being everything they hope to be in the kitchen. She is a featured Kitchen Coach Expert on http://www.realsavvymoms.com and healthy food sponsor for BabyLovesdisco.com. Alma is also a frequent recipe contributor to www.suzysaid.com. Alma is a native New Yorker, transplanted to the suburbs, where she lives with her husband and four children. She is also the founder and President of Parents Who Rock, a non-profit organization which raises money for charity through concerts performed by parents seeking to reconnect with their musical pasts.