Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets (No Breading)

These Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets With No Breading are tender, juicy, and cooked to perfection. You only need a few simple ingredients, and your air fryer or Ninja Foodi does all the work!

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Can chicken cutlets without breadcrumbs be made in the air fryer? Yes, the air fryer is the best way to make chicken cutlets because the dry circulating heat cooks them quickly and evenly in just 10 minutes.

Chicken cutlets are thin slices of chicken that are breaded and then fried. They can be served as a main course or used in salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and more! This recipe uses thin chicken breast without breadcrumbs or breading to make the best unbreaded chicken cutlet.

🧂Ingredients and Tools

  • Thinly Sliced Chicken Breast – You can purchase thin chicken breast in the store, or take one whole chicken breast, filet it in half and pound it down with a meat tenderizer to get a thin cut.
  • Seasonings – Use salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning or your favorite seasoning blend.
  • Cooking Oil – Use an avocado oil or olive oil spray to lightly coat the chicken as it cooks to make a crispy crust and to keep the chicken from sticking.
  • Air Fryer or Ninja Foodi – Any air fryer will work for this recipe. be sure to cook in batches to make sure they are in a single even layer.
  • Heat-Safe Tongs – The chicken will need to be flipped halfway, so make sure you have heat-safe tongs to keep your hands from burning.

📖How To Make Chicken Cutlets In The Air Fryer (No Breading)

1️⃣Preheat the air fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C) for 3-5 minutes.

2️⃣Season the chicken: Trim any excess fat off of the chicken breast, then pat it dry with a paper towel. Season both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

3️⃣Spray oil on the air fryer basket: Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.

4️⃣Air fry chicken cutlets: Place in the air fryer basket in a single layer – do not overcrowd. Lightly spray the tops of the chicken with oil. Cook for 10 minutes at 350°F (175°C), flipping halfway through the cooking time. Once fully cooked, remove with tongs and serve.

👩‍🍳Air Fryer Cooking Tips

  • The best oil for the air fryer is avocado oil or olive oil, as they both have a high smoke point.
  • To prevent the air fryer chicken cutlets from sticking, make sure to lightly spray oil on the air fryer basket as well as on top of the chicken before cooking.
  • If you are air frying multiple pieces at once, make sure they fit in a single layer and not on top of each other.
  • The air fryer chicken cutlets will be cooked through after 10 minutes of air frying, but if you prefer your chicken to be more golden brown on top, air fry for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • The safe internal temperature of chicken breast is 165°F (74°C). If your chicken is thick, use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken is fully cooked.
  • The best way to make thin chicken breast is to cut a whole chicken breast in half and pound it thinly with a meat tenderizer until it reaches a thickness of 1/4 inch (6mm).
  • How long to cook chicken cutlets in the air fryer depends on the wattage and size of your air fryer and how thick the chicken is. Generally, they will be fully cooked in 10 minutes at 350F. You can experiment with higher cooking temperatures and longer times.

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Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets (No Breading)

These Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets With No Breading are tender, juicy, and cooked to perfection. You only need a few simple ingredients, and your air fryer or Ninja Foodi does all the work!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 143kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Thin Chicken Breast cut into 4 filets
  • 1 tsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C) for 3-5 minutes.
  • Trim any excess fat off of the chicken breast, then pat it dry with a paper towel. Season both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Place in the air fryer basket in a single layer – do not overcrowd. Lightly spray the tops of the chicken with oil. Cook for 10 minutes at 350°F (175°C), flipping halfway through the cooking time. Once fully cooked, remove with tongs and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 714mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.04g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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