Chicken Milanese With Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad
A classic veal Milanese consists of pounded veal cutlets or chops that have been breaded in crumbs and sometimes Parmesan, then fried until the coating is burnished and brittle. Accompanied by a crisp, bright salad, it’s a meal both cooling and rich. In this version, chicken breasts replace the veal, and a salad of tomatoes and mozzarella tossed with garlicky basil oil acts as the foil to the meat. If you want to work ahead, you can coat the cutlets in crumbs up to 4 hours ahead. Store them on a wire rack in the fridge. But try to serve them freshly fried when their coating is at its crunchiest.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1 ½pounds chicken cutlets, pounded 1/4-inch thick
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
- ⅔cup plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ⅔cup basil leaves
- 1fat garlic clove, finely grated or minced
- 1pound cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 8ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- ½cup all-purpose flour
- 2large eggs, beaten
- 1 ¼cups panko bread crumbs
- ¼cup grated Parmesan
- 2tablespoons unsalted butter
- Lemon wedges, for serving
Step 1Lightly season chicken cutlets all over with salt and pepper; let rest while you make the basil oil.
Step 2In a blender or food processor, combine 2/3 cup oil, basil, garlic and salt to taste; purée until smooth.
Step 3In a medium bowl, toss tomatoes and mozzarella with about half of the basil oil and salt to taste. Set aside.
Step 4Place flour in a shallow bowl or plate. Pour eggs into another shallow dish; combine panko and Parmesan in a third dish.
Step 5In a large skillet, melt butter and remaining 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. As it heats, dip a chicken cutlet in flour, shake off excess, then dip in eggs. Shake off excess, then dip both sides in panko mixture and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
Step 6When oil is hot, fry 2 cutlets at a time until bottoms are golden, about 3 minutes. Flip and fry until golden and crispy all over, about another 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle immediately with salt.
Step 7Taste tomato-mozzarella salad and add more salt and-or basil oil if needed. Serve cutlets topped with a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of remaining basil oil and tomato-mozzarella salad.