Aug 22, 2012

Baked Chicken Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes



Breaded chicken cutlets, baked in the oven topped with arugula, tomatoes and balsamic.

Whenever I go to this Italian restaurant by my house, I'm always tempted to order the not-so-skinny version of this dish. There is something about breaded chicken topped with arugula that really strikes my fancy. This lightened up version is much more figure-friendly, and perfect to make with summer's ripe tomatoes.

I originally posted this recipe many moons ago, but I remade it today with some slight modifications to the original.  Mom my was over for lunch today and told me it was wonderful. Hope you enjoy!




Baked Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad and Tomatoes  
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 Size: 3 oz chicken with salad Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 250 • Fat: 8.5 g • Carb: 17.4 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 24.3 g • Sugar: 1.1 g
Sodium: 87.2 mg (without salt)

Baked Chicken Cutlets Only -
Servings: 6 Size: 1 cutlet from 4 oz raw Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 198 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 11 g • Fiber: 0.8 g • Protein: 24 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 420 mg (without salt)


Ingredients:

For the Salad:
 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 5 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups baby arugula

For the chicken:

  • 24 oz (3) boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Romano cheese (or parmesan)
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • olive oil spray (I used my misto)

Directions:


In a medium bowl, whisk olive oil and balsamic. Add tomatoes, basil and onions; season with salt and pepper. and toss. Set aside at least 10 minutes so the juices combine.

Preheat oven to 450°.  Place a large baking pan in the oven to get hot.

Combine breadcrumbs and grated cheese in one bowl. In another bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper.

Lightly pound chicken breasts into cutlets, you should have 6. Wash and dry cutlets well with paper towels; season with salt and pepper.

Dip cutlets into lemon/oil mixture, then into breadcrumbs, pressing firmly to adhere.

Remove the baking pan from the oven and spray with cooking spray. Place the chicken on the baking sheets and spray with olive oil spray on top.

Bake chicken, turning once halfway through for about 15 minutes total, or until chicken is golden. Remove from the oven and top with arugula and tomato salad on top.

62 comments :

  1. Oh wow does that look good! I am not a ww but I am always looking for new things to do with chicken!

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  2. sounds yummy, I'll try this !!! ;)

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  3. This was really good. Made it with baby spinach and a bag of baby mixed salad leaves. I also used the small chicken cutlets that you can buy now and served the kids just the chicken. Perfect for the whole family.

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  4. We had this for dinner tonight, it was really good. This will become a regular in our house I'm sure, because all the kids liked it too.

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  5. I just updated the points plus!

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  6. i love this dish at the restaurant with a side of pasta with garlic and oil (clearly not a healthy choice)...any tips on re-creating that for a lower point side dish?

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  7. Gina could I try this with actual Milanesa steak???

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  8. You could also use veal or pork cutlets.

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  9. Where's my fork ; ) Love it Gina!

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  10. I love the simplicity and the healthiness of this meal!

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  11. This looks really wonderful, I love Milanese and this looks healthier....

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  12. This looks absolutely wonderful!

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  13. I'll definitely try this. I love arugula. I have a pork milanese that I love to make but it is no way 'skinny'. I'll have to try your method with pork, as well. Thanks for another great one!

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  14. This is making me so hungry!! *drools* Love it! <3

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  15. mımmm..ı love it..ı will try this recipe as soon as guickly..

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  16. Wow that looks so good! That is what's for dinner tonight!! Thanks Gina!!!

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  17. Gina,

    Do you know the points for just the chicken? My husband won't eat tomatoes or onions.

    I used to work in a restaurant that served this dish and I loved it. I can't wait to try yours!

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  18. This will definitely be on the menu for tonight! I have so many fresh tomatoes from the garden that are begging to be used and this sounds perfect.

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  19. I am making this for dinner tonight ...yay !!

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  20. Gina this is one of my favorite recipes! I have made half a dozen times. My husband loooves it. I love 'torta de milanesa' but hold back on it for obvious reasons. Im so happy you have helped me be able to enjoy it again guilt free!

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  21. If it's a chain restaurant I know the disk and loved it, ours recently closed. I'm going to love making this!

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    1. No not a chain, just a great local spot.

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  22. This looks tasty. How do you think it would be without the cheese? As much as I love cheese, I don't eat it with meat.

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    1. It would be perfectly fine. Just make sure it has enough salt.

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  23. You can "bread" chicken with oatmeal (and season it with Italian seasoning) for a bit more fiber. That's one of my favorite tricks!

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  24. Making this for dinner tonight - cant wait!!!

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  25. This looks absolutely AMAZING!!! What a perfect summer dinner. Might be nice with some grilled corn on the side.... You keep on coming up with the best recipes! THANK YOU!!!! I emailed this one to my mom.... my dad is growing his own heirloom tomatoes this year, so this would be a perfect dish!

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  26. This was amazing. I made it tonight and my husband said it was restrauant quality. Will add this to my regular dishes (and will likely tweek it as I go).

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  27. A-MAY-ZING!!! Made this for dinner last night, I didn't have arugula so I used some chopped leaf lettuce. DH gave it a thumbs up which is rare for him with chicken. He took the leftover cutlets today as a sandwich. Thanks Gina!

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  28. macaroni grill?

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    1. No, I've never been to one. We have really great Italian restaurants in NY.

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  29. Made this tonight! So good! Hubs thought it was fried, which equals success in my house :-)

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  30. WOW! Made this for dinner tonight and it was SO DELICIOUS and I have no guilt! Was super healthy and full of flavor! Thank you!

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  31. I know what I am making tonight for dinner. Looks like an easy recipe with easy to find ingredients.

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  32. Made this last night, and it was delicious!! The preparation was so easy and it left me feeling completely satisfied.
    Thanks Gina, I love this site!!!

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  33. This looks sooo good. Wondering how it would be if served at room temp. Having a party and would like this to be one of the dishes. What do you think?

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  34. Made this the other night...delicious! What would you recommend as a side dish?

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  35. I made this last night and it was SO delicious and easy! My "meat & potatoes" husband really liked it too! Thanks Gina! Your recipes are life changers!

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  36. This is really good.
    Husband and I ate it per the recipe. I turned it into chicken parmesan for the kids.

    I will say that I did not dry the chicken like your recipe says and a few pieces weren't as crip as they oculd have been. Lesson learned - dry the chicken next time! And there will be a next time.

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  37. Could prep these a few hours ahead and bake them later? Have 18 month old twins so I like to do all my prep during naps. Looks so yummy!!

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  38. I made this last weekend and I'm making it again tonight for my mom and sister. Quite simply, it was the most delicious meal I've ever made! I had gotten tomatoes, onions, arugula and basil from the farmers market, so everything was super fresh... the combination of flavors is amazing. Thank you, Gina, for this one... I will be making it regularly from now on!

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  39. Trying this tonight!!! I just started weight watchers this week and I am completely in love with your website, It is so helpful and after seeing some of the recipies my (Italian) husband has decided to try it too! Lets just say it's hard to get him away from all the pasta but with dishes like this it makes it 10x's easier. Thanks so much, you are literally a life saver!

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  40. Best recipe yet. Very delicious and easy. Forgot the cheese but it was still fab. This is definitely a weekly meal and impressive for company

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  41. I just finished making this dish & it was fabulous! This is the first time I've made perfect breaded chicken in the oven. Love your site...so inspiring!

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  42. I made these last night for dinner, great flavor and very satisfying...my husband ate 2 pieces! My only issue is that the breading never got crispy. It was soggy and fell off of the chicken. Do you have an suggestions how I can avoid this next time?

    Thanks!

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  43. Ok,really stupid question. Gina, when you say slice the chicken in half lengthwise you mean slice it through the middle right? Like, make thinner pieces of chicken, correct? Not just cutting the chicken breast in half and pound it out, right? Just want to make sure I'm soing this right!! Looks so so good!

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  44. made this for dinner tonight and we loved it! thanks for posting.

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  45. This was delicious Gina! I got it on the table quickly and it looked beautiful to boot! I served it alongside your savory sweet potatoes, which are now a staple in our home! Thank you so much for the fabulous recipes that are both healthy and tasty!

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  46. This so delicious and so much better than fried version

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  47. This is sooo good and is very delicious. I use caloriecount.com to analyze my recipes and when i put it in I got 269 per cutlet (without the salad on top). Did you do something different to get a lower number?

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  48. I've made this several times for guests. Everyone raves about it and the presentation is beautiful. I use Skinnytaste exclusively for all my recipes and tell everyone I know to do the same. Love you Gina!

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  49. The cutlets like great in the picture, but do the crumbs really adhere well to just lemon juice and oil? I would think they would fall off; I might try egg whites instead, and maybe toss the oil w/the crumbs instead.

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  50. I just made this and it was delicious! Mmmmmmmm! I like that it is healthier. To cut back on the oil I used liquid egg whites instead but it still was sooooooo tasty. Would make again. Going to try another chicken dish tomorrow. Healthy yet tasty!

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  51. This looks absolutely delish! Actually, I learned a little trick from my grandmother who taught me to add dry oats to my breadcrumb mixture for an even healthy version of breaded chicken! It's so yummy, and you use less breadcrumbs this way and get all the added nutrition from the oats. :)

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  52. I didnt know if anything could ever top your bruschetta chicken that is a weekly staple in our house! This may have done it, or at least is pretty equal!!! Thank you for another great recipe! We feel so healthy and happy after eating this

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  53. Just made this. Normally I share my food with my roommates, but I don't want to share this!

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  54. I made this tonight and it was fabulous! I added whole wheat spaghetti and balsalmic glaze made of honey and agave necter! The crumbs DID stick and it was amazing! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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