Weeknight Crispy Chicken: This super-simple, under 30 minute dish is perfect for a weeknight. Crispy chicken cutlets with lemon, a simple cream sauce, and angel hair pasta! | macheesmo.com
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Weeknight Crispy Chicken

Sometimes I really struggle with the cooking time for recipes I write. There’s a lot of factors that might affect how much time a recipe takes. Most importantly, if you cook a lot, recipes will be quicker. You’ll know where stuff is in the kitchen, you’ll know how to chop an onion, and you’ll feel more comfortable with the steps.

There are other things though that can affect cooking time. In my case, am I taking photos? That’ll add on an hour in some cases. Also, is there a toddler crawling around trying to get into trouble? Tack on some more time.

The first time I made this recipe (for the blog), it was pretty fast even with photos and stuff. Then I made it again a few nights later when I was really crunched for time. I was amazed at how fast it was when I just had to make it with no worry about blogging. I made it in, like, 15 minutes.

I added some time to that because I’m pretty efficient in my kitchen these days, but even if you only cook occasionally, this is easily a weeknight crispy chicken meal. The chicken cooks quickly because they are thin cutlets and the sauce comes together in just a few minutes after the chicken is done.

Who says you can’t eat well on a Tuesday?!

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Weeknight Crispy Chicken

This under 30 minute dish is perfect for a weeknight. Crispy chicken cutlets with lemon, a cream sauce, and angel hair pasta.

Ingredients

2 thin chicken cutlets
1 egg, whisked
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 white onion, diced
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 lemon, zest
Fresh parsley, garnish
8 oz. angel hair pasta
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Directions

1) If you’re starting with a full chicken breast, slice it in half horizontally to make two thin chicken cutlets.

2) Dredge chicken cutlets in egg, then transfer to flour mixture (flour stirred with salt, paprika, and pepper). Coat chicken well with flour mixture and set aside.

3) Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot and glistening, cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side until the cutlets are golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and let drain on a paper towel.

4) Drain off most the oil from the skillet, leaving about a tablespoon. Add diced onion to the skillet and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until onion softens. Use the onion to scrape up any bits on the pan.

5) Deglaze pan with 1 cup chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for a minute. Then add cream and turn heat down to low. Continue to cook so sauce thickens. Season sauce with salt and pepper.

6) Cook angel hair according to package. It should take just a few minutes.

Drain pasta and divide between two plates. Add a crispy chicken cutlet to each plate. Squirt chicken with some lemon. Top chicken with cream sauce and garnish with lemon zest and parsley.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken

There are a few tricks to keep this recipe quick. For starters, make sure you have thin chicken cutlets. What I like to do is take a full chicken breast and slice it in half horizontally so you end up with two thinner chicken pieces.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken

Chicken set up.

Whisk an egg in a small bowl and stir together some flour with the spices in the recipe. Dunk the chicken in the egg and then coat them well in the flour mixture.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken

Quick breading

There are really only two other chopping things you need to do: Chop an onion and zest a lemon. A lot of lemon zest makes this dish really pop so feel free to zest a whole lemon.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken zest

Zesty!

To cook the chicken, heat some oil in a large skillet. You just need enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet. Cook the chicken cutlets for 4-5 minutes on each side over medium heat until they are browned nicely on both sides and cooked through.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken

Doesn’t take long

These should cook pretty quickly. Mine were done in 8 minutes for sure.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken fried

Yum.

When the chicken comes out of the skillet, drain out most of the oil but leave about a tablespoon (you can eyeball it). Then add the diced onion and cook that for a minute or two and add the chicken stock. Use the liquid to scrape up any bits stuck to the pan.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken sauce

Saucy!

Let that simmer for a minute or two and then add the cream. When you add the cream, turn the heat down to low and simmer the sauce until it starts to thicken. It won’t take long, just keep it on low heat.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken sauce

Not hard.

While all this is happening, you can cook the pasta. You could use any pasta, but I like angel hair because it cooks quickly and goes well with a light cream sauce like this one.

Weeknight Crispy Chicken pasta

Just enough

Divide the pasta between a few plates and top each with a chicken cutlet. I like to hit the chicken with a spritz of lemon juice.

Then spoon some sauce on each and garnish each plate with fresh parsley and lemon zest.

BOOM. Dinner is done!

Weeknight Crispy Chicken: This super-simple, under 30 minute dish is perfect for a weeknight. Crispy chicken cutlets with lemon, a simple cream sauce, and angel hair pasta! | macheesmo.com

Weeknight Crispy Chicken: This super-simple, under 30 minute dish is perfect for a weeknight. Crispy chicken cutlets with lemon, a simple cream sauce, and angel hair pasta! | macheesmo.com

8 comments on “Weeknight Crispy Chicken

  1. This was really good,I’ll be making it again, but my sauce never really thickened, I cooked it for several minutes. I wonder if adding a but if flour with the onions would work, or would that mess it up?

    1. You sure can add flour, LS57. Just be sure to let it cook for 2-3 minutes to cook out the starchy flavor.

    2. Yea. Matt is right. Typically, there is enough flour/bits in the pan to thicken the sauce, but if you want a surefire thicker sauce, add a teaspoon or two of flour and stir it into the onions before adding the liquid. Let the flour cook for a minute or two and then you’ll have a thicker sauce.

  2. Love recipes like this. I never think of using thin cutlets, just normal chicken breasts. Takes about 3 minutes of frying on each side, and then 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. You could practically deepfry these cutlets for 5 minutes and be done. Great recipe.
    I like making a cherry sauce — frozen tart cherries heated up with some sugar, and balsamic vinegar to taste.

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