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Playing Panko-Crusted Chicken with Cherry Tomato Sauce


  • 4 small pieces boneless, skinless chicken breasts trimmed of tenderloin and lightly pounded
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, a couple of handfuls
  • A small handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for shallow frying, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • A handful of basil leaves, torn or shredded


Serves: Makes 4 pieces of chicken


Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge in a little flour, then coat in egg white and then in breadcrumbs mixed with Parmigiano Reggiano and parsley.

Heat a shallow layer of oil, about 1/8-inch thick, in large skillet over medium to medium- high heat. Place cooling rack over sheet tray in oven preheated to 200F to keep chicken warm until you serve.

Fry chicken in 2 batches, if necessary, to avoid crowding pan. Cook chicken 5 minutes on each side until deep golden and cooked through.

Meanwhile, in a small pot with a tight fitting lid, heat EVOO, about 2 tablespoons, over medium heat. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, stir and place lid on pot. Raise heat a bit and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until tomatoes begin to burst, 6-8 minutes. Uncover pot and break up tomatoes with wooden spoon and season with salt and pepper, stir in basil.

Serve cutlets with tomato sauce on top.