Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese

A 30 Minute restaurant-worthy meal that's a perfect add to your weekly dinner rotation! Crispy breaded chicken paired with a lemony arugula salad. It is a simple dish but the combination tastes next level!

Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese lemony arugula salad easy dinner recipe
Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese

A 30 Minute Gluten-Free Dinner everyone will rave about!

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This Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese is a 30 Minute restaurant worthy meal that’s a perfect add to your weekly dinner rotation!

Thin, crispy breaded chicken paired with a bright and lemony arugula salad… It is a simple dish but the combination tastes next level!

And it is versatile — Serve the chicken warm the day you make it or enjoy it cold the next day for lunch or another dinner.

Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese lemony arugula salad easy dinner recipe

How to make Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese

Chicken prepared Milanese-style is basically thin chicken breasts (literally pounded to be thin!), breaded with egg and Italian breadcrumbs and fried to crispy perfection. The crispy outside helps keep the chicken super tender.

All you need is:

chicken breasts

egg

gluten-free Italian Breadcrumbs (we love Aleia’s gluten-free Italian Breadcrumbs – affiliate link), and

olive oil for frying

Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese lemony arugula salad easy dinner recipe

The majority of the 30 Minutes for the recipe is preparing and making the chicken, but it is worth it!

And once you get started breading and making chicken, you might decide as my family often does, to double the chicken quantity so that there is extra in the refrigerator for another meal… The options for breaded chicken are endless — salads, sandwiches, chicken Parmesan to name a few.

There are three basic steps to getting the tastiest, crispiest breaded chicken:

  1. Prepare the chicken: Butterfly the chicken so that it is thinner, cut as desired if you want smaller pieces, then place in a ziploc bag and using a cooking mallet or rolling pin, pound thinner.
  2. Bread the chicken: Set up an assembly line of chicken, whisked egg, and gluten-free breadcrumbs and bread them. Pro tip: Dip the chicken in the egg to coat evenly, let the excess drip off, then move to the plate of breadcrumbs and press the breadcrumbs into the chicken. It’s important that you really press them in so that they stick when your fry them.
  3. Pan fry the breaded chicken until it is golden. And we make these all the time to these specific directions: cook the chicken 5 minutes, flip, then cook 4 minutes.

The result is chicken that is perfectly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside, and so delicious!

Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese lemony arugula salad easy dinner recipe

How to make the Lemony Arugula Salad

We love to serve the gluten-free crispy chicken alongside a bright and lemony arugula salad, topped with lots of Parmesan cheese if you’re not dairy-free.

The pairing is so simple, yet so fresh and the lemony arugula perfectly compliments the crispy chicken!

For the salad, all you need is:

arugula

olive oil

fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper

shaved Parmesan, optional but so delicious!

cherry tomatoes, optional but add a nice pop of color

Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese lemony arugula salad easy dinner recipe

 

It comes together in less than 5 minutes.

All you do is whisk the lemon juice and olive oil together until well combined, season with salt and pepper and toss with the arugula!

Toss with cherry tomatoes and shaved Parmesan as desired… they both add some color and flavor so it is fun to switch it up sometimes.

And then plate it!

You can plate it any way you love! Sometimes, I add the salad on the side, sometimes I add all the salad directly atop the crispy chicken.

Not matter how you plate it, it looks restaurant worthy!  It tastes fresh and flavorful, and is such a satisfying meal!

We have been making it weekly and I think you will love having in your dinner rotation too!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese

A 30 Minute restaurant-worthy meal that's a perfect add to your weekly dinner rotation! Crispy breaded chicken paired with a lemony arugula salad. It is a simple dish but the combination tastes next level!
Recipe doubles well and we often make extra chicken to have on hand for another meal.
Serve warm or enjoy leftovers cold for lunch or another meal. Best to dress salad day of serving.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: 30 Minute Meal, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional, Nut-Free
Keyword: easy gluten-free dinner recipe, 30 minute gluten-free dinner, gluten-free chicken milanese, gluten-free chicken dinner recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Ingredients

Chicken Milanese

Lemony Arugula Salad

  • 1 5oz container baby arugula
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil* *this is the ratio of olive oil to lemon juice I use most often; feel free to try 2 tablespoons olive oil for an even more lemony taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan, optional but so delicious!
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved, optional but add a nice pop of color

Instructions

Chicken Milanese

  • Prepare the chicken: Butterfly the chicken breast to create a thinner piece of chicken (and cut into smaller pieces as desired), then place each piece, one at a time, in a ziploc bag and using a cooking mallet or rolling pin, pound the chicken breasts until thin (about 1/3 inch in thickness). Place on a plate.
  • Set up an assembly line and bread the chicken Set up 2 shallow bowls and a plate... in one bowl add whisked egg, in another the breadcrumbs, and have an empty plate to hold the breaded chicken before it is fried. Bread the chicken: Dip chicken in the whisked egg so well coated, let excess drip off, then move egg-coated chicken to the plate with breadcrumbs and press breadcrumbs into chicken. Important to really press the breadcrumbs into the chicken on both sides so that they stay when cooked. Set aside on an empty plate until all the chicken is breaded.
  • Fry the chicken: To a deep non-stick fry pan, add olive oil to coat well (about 1/4 inch deep) and heat over medium heat so that the oil is hot and shimmering but not boiling. (When you place the chicken in the oil it will not be completely submerged, only the bottom half will be in the oil.)
    In batches, add breaded chicken to the hot oil. (We can usually cook 1-4 pieces at a time depending on pan and size of chicken) Cook 5 minutes, flip, cook an additional 4 minutes. Chicken will sizzle in the hot oil the entire time. Chicken should be perfectly crispy, if you want it crispier, cook an additional minute.
    Using a large serving fork, remove crispy chicken from the oil and place on a baking rack (with paper towels underneath to absorb any excess oil). This will allow chicken to stay crispy.
    Repeat frying until all the breaded chicken is cooked, adding additional oil to the pan as needed, and gently removing any excess cooked breadcrumbs from pan as necessary.
  • When all the chicken is fried, serve alongside the lemony arugula salad.
  • Store extra in a sealed container in the refrigerator (chicken layers separated by wax paper) for up to 3 days. Store in freezer, wrapped in foil, chicken layers separated by wax paper, for up to 3 month.

Lemony Arugula Salad

  • If using cherry tomatoes, slice in half, place in a colander and sprinkle with salt and let sit. This will allow any excess water to drain.
  • Mix the dressing: In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup whisk the olive oil and lemon juice until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • To a large bowl, add the arugula and cherry tomatoes if using, and toss with the dressing. Top with shaved parmesan when serving.
  • Best dressed soon before serving.

Plate it!

  • Add a piece of crispy chicken to each plate, add a big scoop of lemony arugula to the side and top with Parmesan, add a lemon wedge and enjoy!
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