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Fried Chicken Cutlets with Salsa

Martinez coats chicken cutlets in bread crumbs (mixed with a nice hit of cayenne) and pan-fries them. She tops the crispy chicken with a chunky fresh salsa of tomatoes, onion, basil and lime juice.

slideshow Quick Chicken Recipes

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3 medium tomatoes—halved, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 chicken breast cutlets (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the tomatoes with the onion, basil, lime juice and olive oil. Season the salsa with salt and pepper.
  2. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Put the flour, eggs and bread crumbs in 3 large, shallow bowls. Stir the cayenne into the bread crumbs. Dredge the chicken cutlets in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the chicken in the eggs, then dredge in the bread crumbs, pressing to help the crumbs adhere.
  3. In a very large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Working in 2 batches, fry the chicken over moderately high heat, turning once, until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel?lined plate to drain. Serve with the tomato salsa.

Suggested Pairing

Fresh, vibrant rosé.

Contributed By Published November 2005

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