Crispy Mexican Chicken Cutlets

Crispy Mexican Chicken Cutlets

Cucumber-jalapeño salad


Serves 2

Active Time:

~20 min

Total Time:

~30 min

About this Recipe

Known as "milanesa" in Mexico and other Latin countries, this dish is a lunch staple that’s popular with kids and adults alike. The crispy fried cutlets of meat are typically served with rice and beans, but we put a twist on the classic by adding a refreshing cucumber salad that compliments the warm, crispy chicken. We include an optional marinating step to make the chicken even more tender and flavorful. And by all means, accompany the meal with Mexican-style rice and beans if you like.


  • ¾ lb chicken tenders
  • 1 cup milk (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Mexican rice and beans for serving (optional)

From Your Pantry

cooking oil

kosher salt

flaky sea salt (optional)


plastic wrap

meat mallet or wine bottle

medium mixing bowls

medium mixing bowls or shallow baking dishes

Brava metal tray

Nutrition Information

Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat (Gluten)


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  1. step

    Prep chicken

    • Place chicken tenders between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Using meat mallet or full wine bottle, gently pound chicken until it is ¼ inch thick all over.
    • If desired, in medium bowl, stir together milk, cayenne and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Add chicken and stir to coat evenly. Let stand at room temperature for 5–20 minutes, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

  2. step

    Prep breading mixtures

    • Place flour in first medium bowl.
    • Crack eggs into second medium bowl and lightly beat with fork.
    • In third medium bowl, combine bread crumbs and onion powder; stir well.

  3. step

    Bread chicken

    • Pro Tip: When breading chicken, use one hand for wet ingredients and the other for dry to prevent messy, sticky fingers.
    • If you marinated chicken, remove it from marinade. Pat marinated or unmarinated chicken dry with paper towels.
    • Working in batches, add chicken to bowl with flour and coat evenly; shake off excess.
    • Dip chicken into eggs and coat completely; let excess drip off.
    • Add chicken to bread crumb mixture and coat evenly; shake off excess. Using your hands, gently press breading into chicken to ensure it adheres.

  4. step

    Bake chicken

    • Evenly spread 1 tablespoon cooking oil on Zones 1, 2 and 3 of Brava metal tray.
    • Evenly spread chicken in Zones 1, 2 and 3 of metal tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon cooking oil.
    • Slide metal tray into top shelf.
    • Select “Crispy Mexican Chicken Cutlets” on your Brava touchscreen and follow instructions.
    • While food cooks, prepare salad.

  5. step

    Make salad & serve

    • In medium bowl, toss together tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeño (if desired), onion, cilantro, lime juice and 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Omit jalapeño if you don’t like it spicy.
    • When your food is done, arrange chicken on individual plates and season with a pinch of flaky sea salt.
    • Spoon salad on top of chicken.
    • If desired, serve with Mexican rice and beans.