How to Make Perfectly Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

Crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside – these Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets are an absolute delight! Prepare to be blown away by the incredible flavors and textures of this dish. Let’s dive right in!

Wooden serving board with crispy chicken cutlets with honey mustard sauce on the side.

The Perfect Blend of Crispy and Tender

Imagine the best of both worlds: Southern fried chicken meets mom’s breaded chicken cutlets. It’s a match made in heaven! This delicious recipe guarantees super tender and flavorful chicken cutlets that will leave your whole family begging for more.

And the crunch! You won’t believe these golden, crispy cutlets were air fried instead of deep fried. It’s truly a game-changer. Don’t forget to whip up the quick and easy honey mustard sauce to take the flavor to a whole new level. Trust me, it’s a must!

What Are Chicken Cutlets?

Chicken cutlets are simply thin cuts of meat that cook faster, making them a fantastic option for a quick and satisfying dinner. While you can find prepared cutlets at the store, it’s just as easy to make them yourself using chicken breasts.

Close up of crispy chicken cutlets with honey mustard sauce in background.

How to Make Chicken Cutlets

Making your own chicken cutlets is a breeze. Start with plump chicken breasts, butterfly them down the middle, and cut them into two separate cutlets. Place the cutlets in a large gallon freezer bag, two at a time, and use a meat tenderizer to thin them out until they reach a thickness of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

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Cooking Chicken Cutlets in the Air Fryer

The air fryer is a fantastic tool for cooking chicken cutlets. It allows you to achieve that coveted golden crisp without the excessive grease of deep frying. Plus, it’s quick! When you have thin cutlets, cook each side for around 5 minutes at 390ºF.

To ensure perfection, always have a meat thermometer on hand to check the internal temperature. For chicken, you’re looking for an internal temperature of 160-165ºF.

Bowl of buttermilk marinade with chicken cutlets.

Here’s How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

  1. Whisk the ingredients for the buttermilk marinade in a large bowl. Add the chicken cutlets and ensure they are fully submerged. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, mix the panko, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, white pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  3. If desired, make the honey mustard sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until dinner time.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 390ºF. Lightly mist the bottom of the basket with cooking spray.
  5. Set up an assembly line with the flour, egg wash, and breading mixture.
  6. Dredge each chicken cutlet in flour, then dip it in the egg wash, and coat it thoroughly in the breading mixture. Place the coated cutlets in the air fryer basket.
  7. Cook the cutlets for 5 minutes, then flip them over, mist them and the basket with cooking spray, and cook for another 5 minutes. You may need to cook them in two batches, but trust me, it’s worth it!
  8. Serve your deliciously crispy air fryer chicken cutlets with the honey mustard sauce.
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Crispy chicken cutlet on a bed of red rice and asparagus.

What You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Air Fryer
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Gallon freezer bags
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Meat thermometer
  • Tongs
  • Cooking spray

Recipe Tips + Tricks

  • If you can’t find buttermilk, you can easily make your own by mixing 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar with enough full fat milk to measure 1 cup. Let it sit for 5 minutes before using.
  • Frank’s Hot Sauce adds a wonderful flavor to the buttermilk bath, but feel free to use any hot sauce you prefer or omit it altogether.

Have You Made This Recipe?

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More Easy Peasy Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love

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  • Air Fryer Chicken Breasts with Mustard Sauce
  • Easy Air Fryer Pizza
  • Crispy Air Fryer Fish Sticks
  • Easy Air Fryer Broccoli

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