Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Baby Arugula

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Crisp, golden, delicious Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Baby Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinner recipes!

Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinners!
Air Fryer Chicken Milanese

Chicken cutlets have always been a way of life growing up. I learned how to make them right about the same time I learned how to boil pasta. As an adult, I swapped my frying pan for lighter methods such as baking. Now that I have an air-fryer, this is hands down my favorite way to make them for crisp golden chicken without all the oil! Here’s a few more Air Fryer Recipes you may also enjoy and more air fryer recipes from my latest cookbook, Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners!.

Whether the breaded chicken cutlets get smothered with sauce and cheese for Chicken Parmesan, cut up for salads or sandwiches, or eaten cold, straight out of the fridge this simple Milanese topped served with arugula and lots of fresh lemon juice is the way I eat them most. In fact, if I go out to eat and don’t like anything on the menu, I usually get the restaurant to make me this.

Chicken cutlets are basically thin sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts which usually come pre-sliced thin. Cutting them yourself is simple to do, once you slice them simply pound them with a mallet to an even 1/4-inch thickness. If you prefer to use pre-cut chicken, you make still have to pound them depending on the thickness.

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets Variations

  • Add some shaved Parmesan cheese on top.
  • If you don’t like the peppery taste of arugula, you can use mixed baby greens.
  • Add tomatoes and balsamic like I did on this recipe.

I’m so excited to announce the Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer is finally on sale on Amazon (US only). This is the air fryer I used to create all my air fryer recipes!

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets with Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinners!Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinners!Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinners!

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Crisp, golden, delicious Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Baby Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinner recipes!
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Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Arugula

219 Cals 31 Protein 10.5 Carbs 6 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American, Italian
Crisp, golden, delicious Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Baby Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinner recipes!


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 16 oz total
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs, wheat or gluten-free
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • olive oil spray
  • 6 cups baby arugula
  • 3 lemons, cut into wedges


  • Cut chicken into 4 cutlets, then place cutlets between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick.
  • Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow plate, beat the egg and 1 teaspoon of water together.
  • Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow bowl.
  • Dip the chicken into the egg, then the breadcrumb mixture.  Place on a work surface and spray both sides with olive oil.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
  • In batches transfer to the air fryer basket and cook 7 minutes, turning halfway until golden and cooked through.
  • Serve chicken with 1 1/2 cups arugula and top with a generous amount of lemon juice.

Oven Directions:

  • Bake in a preheated oven 425F 425F for 12 to 14 minutes, flipping halfway until golden.


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Serving: 1cutlet with arugula, Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 10.5g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 131.5mg, Sodium: 563.5mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 2g
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: Air Fryer Chicken, air fryer chicken milanese, Air Fryer Recipes, Chicken Milanese

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  1. This is my perfect meal! I could eat this over and over again! Perfection!

  2. I had completely forgotten about this recipe! I just added this to my meal planner for next week! When I entered it into “create recipe”, it came out to 2sp on blue and not 4? That’s even better for me!

  3. I love your recipes a d use them all the time. 

  4. I made this for a small dinner party (4 of us). It was absolutely delicious and easy, and every plate was clean. I pounded four chicken breasts, did a combo of Panko and regular bread crumbs. Cooked using the oven method but with convection setting, flipped over after 7 minutes, then cooked another 6. Husband enjoys a little sauce, so I whisked up a lemon-butter sauce to drizzle. Another bullseye from Gina!

  5. This was delicious! I did dress up the arugula a bit because I’m not huge on the taste. I tossed it in a bowl with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, a good amount of lemon juice, and grated parmesan. It was great with the chicken. Even better with a little hot sauce added to the chicken.

  6. I know this is an older recipe but can you explain the point breakdown for blue plan? As I see it, the breadcrumbs and cheese are the only ingredients that have points, adding up to approximately 2pts per piece of chicken (total of 4).  Am I forgetting something?

  7. I made this, and my whole family loved it! My daughter doesn’t usually like chicken, but she devoured this, and asked for seconds!

  8. AMAZING….I’ve made these twice in one week!!!!!!!!!

  9. Made this tonight and love it! To those saying the chicken needed to be cooked longer, I think it might depend on the air fryer brand and whether or not you pre heat. I have an air fryer that advertises as “not needing to pre heat”, and normally don’t, but did for this recipe and think it made a difference in temperature consistency. I air fried 7 minutes on one side, flipped, then finished it off for 4 more minutes. Hit it with some lemon and PARSLEY and it is absolutely divine. Tastes like the real thing without the traditional fryer method (I can attest to this because I made this the old fashioned way, fried in oil, just a month ago). Love this! Thank you Gina!

  10. Super easy and the family loved it! Used thinly sliced chicken cutlets; did need to cook the chicken a little longer.

  11. This didn’t translate to the air fryer for me at all. I make chicken milanese all the time and it’s a simple recipe but so delicious. The needed much more than 7 minutes and even though the chicken was 160 degrees out had the texture of raw meat. If consider trying it with sour cream or mayo instead of egg dip bit not sure I’m willing to ruin more chicken.

  12. Made this last night. Used chicken cutlets, but still pounded just a little bit. It was a hit with the whole family!

  13. Did anyone try this with chicken thighs and/or legs?

  14. Delicious! I don’t have an air fryer, so I baked the cutlets in my convection oven at 425. I placed them on a baking rack set inside of a baking sheet, and it worked perfectly. Not soggy, perfectly cooked! 

  15. Fabulous. So easy and juicy. Chicken breast are my favorite. Thanks Gina

  16. I just got my air fryer and this was the first recipe that I christened it with.  Wow….wow…wow!!!  The cutlets came out crispy yet most. So delicious!  My husband can’t stop raving about them. I’m trying the pork chops tonight!  Thanks for all the great recipes, Gina!

  17. As with many air fryer recipes here this turned out great but looked NOTHING like the pictures lol. I’ll try a different bread crumb next time. We always find air fryer chicken to not have a ton of flavor after coming out so we sprinkled our cutlets with pepper, salt AND lemon pepper. Incredibly moist and delicious. We too love the simple arugula salad (we add toasted pine nuts to ours) but this will be in the rotation forever. As always, thanks Gina!

  18. Family all loved this! My 10 year-old said it tasted like Outback lol Quick and easy, we’ll definitely be making this often. Thanks!

  19. I like to lightly brush the chicken with olive oil if I don’t have eggs, and the bread crumbs stick right on.

  20. Hi, I have a convection oven, should I follow the air fryer or oven directions?

  21. Is there something other than egg that can be used to make the bread crumbs stick to the chicken?

  22. So easy and SO quick. Perfect weeknight meal for everyone 

  23. Why does the cholesterol say 131.5?  I’m going to assume it’s the same as your air fry pork chops which is sooo delicious 😋 

  24. I made this for lunch today, and it was the biggest hit with my husband and our 2 daughters that are 4 and 6 years old. The chicken was cooked perfectly and my little girls loved the lemon they got to squeeze on it. My 4 year old daughter has never had arugala, but says it is her favorite vegetable now. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  25. Do you know if they would dry out if I made these ahead of time and kept warm in the oven? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!

  26. Can an actifry work for this?

  27. Made this recipe tonight and it was delicious. Great taste, chicken was not dried and cooks in 7 minutes!
    Thanks Gina for sharing your recipes with us and open our horizons with new and fresh ideas.

  28. I’m a little confused about the points or the recipe amounts (?). I get 2 points for one piece… 

  29. Are you cooking for 7 minutes flipping then cooking another 7 minutes? Or cooking 3 1/2 minutes flipping 3 1/2 minutes? 

  30. Made this easy, yummy dish tonight…..huge success! Hubby liked it ALMOST as much as I did. 
    I rate this one a 5 star. Unfortunately, the stars below won’t light up

  31. I added crabmeat and pine nuts on top-  similar to a meal I order at a local restaurant.  Really good!

  32. OMG, so good and super easy. This is my new favorite recipe!

  33. We loved it! Had it with a baby green salad and roasted beets, turnips and radish from our CSA! Perfect! 

  34. Would you recommend brining the chicken before hand like in your “perfect air fryer chicken” recipe?

  35. We made the chicken cutlets tonight for dinner with a fresh garden salad from our CSA share. It’s absolutely delicious. Thank you!!

  36. foolproof! This is a winner recipe! 

  37. Gina, what size air fryer do you use for your recipes? Apologies if I missed it.

  38. I don’t have an air fryer, but have 2 convection ovens. Could this be made in a convection oven?

  39. Gina,

    How many egg whites?

  40. I made this tonight and it was very good! The only thing I did different is use panko breadcrumbs because that’s what I had in hand the chicken was very juicy and it was very flavourful, I will be making this again.