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Chicken Milanesa Recipe

Chicken milanesa is a simple yet delicious chicken recipe that will surely impress your friends and family. This dish is a staple in many Latin American countries and is now gaining popularity in the United States. This breaded chicken recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table and fast! It goes great with a side of spicy potatoes or even fideo seco.

Chicken milanesa and vegetables on a white plate.

You may have also heard this dish referred to as “milanesa de pollo” or “pollo empanizado”. Pollo empanizado translates to breaded chicken in English.

Chicken milanesa is a delicious and easy-to-prepare dish that is perfect for any occasion. This dish is made by breading chicken cutlets and frying them until they are golden brown and crispy.

Milanesa de pollo can be served with a variety of side dishes, but we think it is best served with a side of steamed veggies.

What country does milanesa come from?

Many countries have a dish similar to milanesa. It is thought to have originated in Italy or Spain, but it has become a popular dish in many countries around the world.

Despite its Italian roots, milanesa has become a popular dish in many Latin American countries. It is typically made with beef, but chicken and pork are also common ingredients. The dish is often served as a main course, but it can also be used as a sandwich filling.

What is chicken milanesa made of?

Milanesa de pollo (chicken milanesa) is made with thinly sliced seasoned chicken breasts. The chicken breasts are then coated in an egg mixture before being dredged in bread crumbs or in this case, crushed saltine cracker crumbs. The chicken is then fried until cooked through and golden brown.

There are many different recipes for chicken milanesa as each cook has their way of preparing this dish. For starters you can try making this dish yourself with my go-to ingredients which include:

  • 1 1/2 lb thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • saltine cracker
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

I recommend you experiment with the ratio of the seasonings in this recipe so that you can come up with something that suits your tastes.

How to make milanesa de pollo

I had about 1 1/2 lbs of chicken breasts that I cut into thin slices. This is similar to butterflying chicken except I cut all the way through the chicken breasts. I had two chicken breasts and was able to cut each breast into 3-4 slices.

Thinly sliced chicken breasts

Next I put one slice at a time in a plastic bag and I pounded it until it was an even thickness. Putting the chicken in a bag will prevent chicken juices from flying all over your kitchen. Repeat this step with the rest of the slices.

Then I combined the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. I seasoned both sides of all the chicken slices.

Pounded and seasoned chicken breasts.

Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat until well combined. Then put the crackers in a new plastic bag and crush them until they are very fine almost powder like. I used a rolling pin to do this.

Beaten eggs and crushed crackers.

One at a time dip the chicken slices in the egg mixture then put in the bag and shake until covered with the cracker crumbs. Repeat this step with each of the chicken slices.

Chicken slices dredged in crushed crackers.

Now it’s time to fry the breaded chicken. Heat up the canola oil in a skillet over medium high heat.

Once the oil is hot add two slices of the chicken. Let them cook for two minutes.

Cooking chicken milanesa.

Then flip the chicken over and cook for another 2 minutes. Once the chicken is done transfer it to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Repeat this process with the remaining slices of chicken adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Pollo empanizado in a skillet.

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Breaded chicken with steamed veggies on a white plate.
Chicken milanesa and vegetables on a white plate.
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Chicken Milanesa

Chicken milanesa is an easy and delicious recipe for breaded chicken.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken milanesa, milanesa de pollo, pollo empanizado
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 512 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts cut into thin slices
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into thin slices. I was able to get 3-4 slices out of each breast.

  2. Put one slice in a plastic bag. Pound it until it's an even thickness. Repeat this step with the rest of the slices.

  3. Next combine the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. Season all sides of the chicken slices.

  4. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat until well combined.

  5. Then put the crackers in a new plastic bag and crush them until they are very fine almost powder like. I used a rolling pin to do this.

  6. One at a time dip the chicken slices in the egg mixture then put in the bag and shake until covered with the cracker crumbs. Repeat this step with each of the chicken slices.

  7. Heat up the canola oil in a skillet over medium high heat.

  8. Once the oil is hot add two slices of the chicken. Let them cook for two minutes.

  9. Then flip the chicken over and cook for another 2 minutes. Once the chicken is done transfer it to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

  10. Repeat this process with the remaining slices of chicken adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

  11. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Milanesa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 512 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 232mg77%
Sodium 546mg24%
Potassium 692mg20%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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