Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken Cutlets with Tonkatsu Sauce

Last night I made this recipe from our favorite magazine Cooks Illustrated. It turned out great and it is super easy. Highly recommend it with the accompanying Tonkatsu sauce, which can be made from ingredients you already have on hand.


The cooked cutlets can be sliced into 1/2-inch-wide strips and served Japanese-style over rice with Tonkatsu Sauce. They can also be served simply spritzed with lemon, in a sandwich, or over a green salad. Serve with white rice and a nice green vegetable like cucumber, asparagus, zucchini, green beans etc.

Serves: 8

Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken Cutlets


2 cups, panko
2 large, eggs
4 6-8 ounce, chicken breasts – trimmed, halved horizontally and pounded 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup, extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup, ketchup
2 tablespoons, worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons, soy sauce
2 teaspoons, yellow mustard



  1. Place panko in large zipper-lock bag and lightly crush with rolling pin. Transfer to shallow dish. Whisk eggs and 1 teaspoon salt in second shallow dish until well combined.
  2. Working with 1 cutlet at a time, dredge cutlets in egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off, then coat all sides with panko, pressing gently so crumbs adhere. Transfer cutlets to rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Set wire rack in second rimmed baking sheet and line rack with paper towels. Heat 1/4 cup oil and small pinch panko in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. When panko has turned golden brown, place 4 cutlets in skillet. Cook, without moving cutlets, until bottoms are deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs, carefully flip cutlets and cook on second side until deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer cutlets to prepared rack and season with salt to taste. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels. Repeat with remaining 1/4 cup oil and remaining 4 cutlets. Serve immediately.


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl

Be sure to remove any tenderloins from the breasts before halving them; reserve them for another use. The breasts will be easier to slice into cutlets if you chill them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. If you are working with 8-ounce breasts, the skillet will initially be crowded; the cutlets will shrink slightly as they cook. The first batch of cutlets can be kept warm in a 200-degree oven while you cook the second batch.

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