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Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

Amazingly crispy air fryer chicken cutlets. Tender chicken breast with a simple crumb coating, Air fried until golden. Simple and delicious.

Air fryer chicken cutlets on a blue plate.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Crispy chicken cutlets are a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table. And if you cook chicken cutlets in the air fryer then they are ready in less time than it takes your oven to heat up!

These breaded chicken cutlets are coated in a simple breadcrumb mixture and then air fried to perfection. Because the air fryer cooks them so quickly they come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Plus its healthier than deep frying!

Serve them in a salad, wraps, or sandwiches, or add a veggie side dish and some fries and you’ve got a meal that the whole family will love!

Scroll down for the printable card for this air fryer chicken cutlet recipe, or read on for all the details.

What do you need?

A flat lay of the ingredients for thisr ecipe.

Chicken breast

This recipe uses boneless skinless chicken breast, which is sliced in half horizontally. You can also use ready-prepared chicken breast steaks or chicken breast fillets if they are available at your grocery store or butcher.


I normally use regular plain breadcrumbs, or fine panko bread crumbs for this recipe. Both give a nice light crispy crumb on these chicken cutlets.

You can also use wholewheat breadcrumbs if you prefer, or try substituting pork rinds or almond meal for a gluten-free version.


All-purpose flour is fine for this recipe, though bread flour (high-grade) will also work if that is all you have to hand. You can also use a gluten-free flour like almond flour if you prefer.


An egg is needed to bind the coating to the cutlets. If you don’t have an egg, you can substitute a tablespoon of mayonnaise.


This recipe uses a simple seasoning made from Italian herbs (rosemary, basil, parsley, and oregano), salt and pepper. However, you can substitute any herb or spice blend you like with chicken.

Olive oil

To get your chicken cutlets perfectly crispy they need a little oil. You can drizzle, spray or gently brush this on. I use light olive oil, but you can use another cooking oil with a high smoke point (like vegetable oil or avocado oil).


When choosing an olive oil spray for your air fryer, look for the type that spritzes rather than an aerosol. The propellant in aerosol oil sprays can damage the non-stick coating of your air fryer.

Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

You can add grated Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs for chicken Parmesan-style cutlets.

How to cook chicken cutlets in the air fryer

This recipe is very straightforward to make, but here are a few key steps to getting it just right.

Step 1: Prep the cutlets

Carefully slice the chicken breast in half. To do this, place your hand flat on top of the chicken breast and use a sharp knife to slice through the chicken breast horizontally through the center to cut it into two cutlets.

Step 2: Add breading to chicken cutlets

  1. Mix the flour in a large bowl with the salt and pepper. Place the bread crumbs in a separate shallow dish or bowl with the Italian seasoning, and mix to combine.
  2. Add chicken into the flour mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Add the egg to the same bowl with the chicken, split the yolk, and toss to ensure each chicken piece is thoroughly coated.
  4. One at a time, transfer each chicken cutlet into the bowl with the seasoned breadcrumbs, and turn to coat thoroughly, pressing the breadcrumbs onto the chicken to help them stick.
Chicken cutlets tossed with flour in a white bowl.
Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl, add the chicken and toss to coat with the flour. Then add the egg, split the yolk and toss to coat.
Chicken cutlet being breaded with seasoned breadcrumbs.
Mix the breadcrumbs and herbs in another large bowl, add the chicken pieces one at a time and press the breadcrumbs on with the back of a spoon.

Step 3: Air fry chicken cutlets

Arrange chicken cutlets in air fryer basket in a single layer, ensure they are not touching. This allows them to cook evenly.

Air fry chicken cutlets until they are golden brown and cooked through. This will take approximately 13-18 minutes (see below for more info on cooking times).


Some air fryers require food to be flipped over halfway through the cooking time. Check your manual if unsure whether this applies to your air fryer.

Raw chicken cutlets in air fryer basket.
Place chicken cutlets in air fryer basket, ensure they are not touching.
Air fried chicken cutlets in air fryer basket.
Air fry chicken cutlets until golden brown and at least 165°F/ 74°C in the center.

How long to air fry chicken cutlets

The exact cooking time will depend on a few factors including the thickness of the chicken cutlets and how powerful your model of air fryer is.

Preheat the air fryer to 360°F /180°C. Then lightly drizzle or brush the chicken cutlets with oil, or give them a quick spritz with an oil sprayer. This step is optional and can be skipped if you are trying to cut oil, but it really helps with getting extra crispy chicken cutlets.

With chicken the internal temperature needs to be at least 165°F/ 74°C to be safely cooked.

The best and safest way to tell that your chicken cutlets are cooked is to use an instant read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature in the center of the thickest part.

Sliced air fried chicken cutlet on a blue plate.
Crispy air fried chicken cutlets.

Serving ideas

Here are some of my favorite ways to serve these air fried chicken cutlets:

  • Wraps – slice the chicken cutlets into strips and serve them in wtaps with lettuce or slaw and your favorite sauces.
  • Serve with potato chips and salad or steamed vegetables like these microwave green beans, or Instant Pot steamed broccoli.
  • Make a crispy chicken burger/sandwich, layer a chicken cutlet between two halves of a burger bun, top with a slice of cheese, tomato slices and your favorite burger sauce.
  • Make a chicken marinara sub – slice the chicken cutlets and place in a subway roll, top with marinara sauce and mozzarella and melt under a hot broiler/grill for 2 minutes.

Storing and reheating

Store any leftover chicken cutlets in an airtight container in the fridge and use within 3 days.

Reheat your chicken cutlets in the air fryer. Place in the air fryer basket and air fry for 4-5 minutes until 165°F/ 74°C in the center.

Air fryer chicken cutlets on a blue plate.

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

5 from 2 votes
How to cook chicken cutlets in an air fryer. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Serves2 Servings


  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs [Note 1]
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Drizzle or spray of light olive oil


  • Pat chicken breast dry, then cut in half horizontally through the center into two cutlets.
  • Mix the breadcrumbs and herbs in a large shallow bowl. Mix the flour, salt, and pepper in another large bowl.
  • Place chicken cutlets into the flour mixture and toss to coat.
  • Add egg to the bowl with the chicken, split the yolk, and toss to coat.
  • Preheat air fryer to 360°F (180°C).
  • Place each chicken cutlet into the breadcrumb mixture, and turn to coat thoroughly. Transfer to a plate, and press the bread crumbs onto the chicken to help them stick.
  • Lightly drizzle, brush or spritz the chicken cutlets with oil.
  • Place chicken cutlets in air fryer basket in a single layer [Note 2]. Ensure they are not touching.
  • Air fry chicken cutlets for 13-18 minutes, until golden brown and at least 165°F/74°C in the center [Note 3]. If required for your air fryer carefully flip the cutlets over halfway through the cooking time [Note 4].


  1. Fine white breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs are best.
  2. If your air fryer tends to stick to food, spritz the basket with olive oil before placing the cutlets in it.
  3. Cooking times are an estimate only. Use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature in the thickest part to ensure it has reached the safe temperature of 165°F/74°C.
  4. Some air fryers require food to be turned halfway through cooking. Please check your manual if you are unsure whether this is required for your air fryer.
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Serving: 1  Calories: 440kcal  Carbohydrates: 46g  Protein: 30g  Fat: 14g  Saturated Fat: 3g  Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g  Cholesterol: 144mg  Sodium: 1005mg  Fiber: 3g  Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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