My DH, The Carnivore, is trying to loose weight. So far he's lost 20 pounds! Even though I'm one of those people who can eat anything and not gain weight, it feels like I'm on a diet too. I don't have the heart to eat a big fattening dinner and serve The Carnivore a low cal/fat entree and a salad. Nope I just can't do it. His favorite meal is spicy fried chicken but that's a no can do now. Given that I started thinking.... "Poor Carnivore, it stinks to have to diet. Hmmm, I bought those Progresso brand panko crispy bread crumbs with my winning coupon. Yep, crisp and spicy chicken cutlets, that's dinner!"
Crisp & Spicy Chicken Cutlets
5 boneless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons Louisiana brand hot sauce
3 tablespoons of EVOO
1.5 cups panko crispy bread crumbs (plain)
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
salt and black pepper to taste
First I fillet the chicken breasts. I start at the small end, keeping the knife parallel and flat and cut trough to the wide end. It's just like filleting a fish. Next, I rinse the chicken and drain them, don't pat them dry. Put the chicken cutlets in a bowl and add the hot sauce. Mix them well to be sure the chicken is coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 400. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Mix the panko crumbs and seasonings. When the cutlets are ready firmly press cutlets one at a time into the crumb mix, turn and repeat to coat both sides. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes. I should also mention, since the recipe yields 10 cutlets, these are great in a sandwich with some fresh lettuce and tomato.
For years I had been buying Progresso Italian style and plain bread crumbs. Oh wow panko bread crumbs are all that Progresso claims them to be. It's no wonder the foodie rave about them! My DH, he really enjoyed and appreciated the chicken. And Red, well he thought the cutlets were comparable to Popeyes!
I scored big with these chicken cutlets, thanks to the My New 30 giveaway and Progresso!