Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust

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These golden, crisp Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust, pan-fried or air-fried, are a quick weeknight dish the whole family will love!

Breaded Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust
Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust

These breaded Parmesan-Crusted Turkey Cutlets are lightly pan-fried in just enough oil and butter so that they taste delicious without being greasy or high in calories. They’re super simple to make – just season the meat with salt and pepper, dip in egg whites, and then coat in the breadcrumb-parmesan mixture. My family and I love them with fresh lemon squeezed on top. More breaded cutlet recipes we love are these Breaded Chicken Cutlets with Deconstructed Guacamole and Breaded Pork Cutlets with Lime.

Lemon squeezed over turkey cutlets

Can I cut turkey tenderloin into cutlets?

If you can’t find turkey cutlets at your supermarket, you can buy a turkey tenderloin and thinly slice it for this turkey cutlet recipe.

How to Cook Cutlets in the Air Fryer

To cook cutlets in the air fryer, first, spray both sides of the cutlets with oil. Then, put in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Flip halfway through and remove when the crumbs are golden brown, and the center is no longer pink.

What to Serve with Breaded Turkey

Turkey cutlets are great with Roasted String Beans or Roasted Cauliflower and a salad on the side. You could also serve them with mashed potatoes or Smashed Sweet Potatoes or over spaghetti or zucchini noodles with marinara sauce.


  • Swap the turkey for chicken cutlets or thinly slice a turkey tenderloin to make your own.
  • Feel free to omit the cheese if you prefer.
  • If you’re allergic to eggs, replace them with olive oil.
  • Switch out the breadcrumbs for panko or parmesan for pecorino romano.
  • If you don’t want to pan-fry the cutlets, air fry them or bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • Add capers to finish off the dish.

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Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust

196 Cals 29 Protein 7 Carbs 6 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Italian
These Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust, pan-fried or air-fried, are a quick weeknight dish the whole family will love!


  • 4 turkey breast cutlets, 4 oz each
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • lemon wedges for serving


  • Season cutlets with salt and pepper.
  • Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl.
  • In another bowl beat egg whites.
  • Dip turkey cutlets in egg whites, then breadcrumb mixture, shaking off excess.
    breading turkey cutlets
  • Heat a large nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Add the butter and olive oil.
  • When butter melts, add the cutlets and cook about 6 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges.
    how to make breaded turkey cutlets



How to Cook Cutlets in the Air Fryer

To cook cutlets in the air fryer, first, spray both sides of the cutlets with oil. Then, put in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Flip halfway through and remove when the crumbs are golden brown, and the center is no longer pink.


Serving: 1cutlet, Calories: 196kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 500mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: cutlets, Italian inspired, Kid Friendly, main dish, recipes, turkey, turkey cutlets

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  1. Amazing!!!!!

  2. So easy even I couldn’t mess it up! 😆 I used the whole egg because I didn’t want to waste the yolk and used Italian seasoned bread crumbs with parmesan mixed in. They were baked in the oven and turned out great, not dried out, charred or inedible.

  3. Neither my husband or I like turkey. I accidentally purchased turkey cutlets. I tried this recipe and we both loved it. Next time I will buy them to make this. Thanks!

  4. Tried this tonight and it was fantastic! Question for the air fryer though…do you still dip it in the egg white and bread crumb mix and then put in the air fryer? 

  5. Loved this!!  Any tips for getting it to not stick?  When I went to remove them from the skillet the crust stuck to the bottom of the pan??  

  6. These would have been so much better  if I would have paid attention to how thin these are because mine were too thick and took too long to cook. The breading came off and stuck to the pan but I just scraped it off the pan and put it on top! Lol! The breading has so much flavor! Will definitely try again with thinner cutlets.

  7. I have a similar recipe for chicken breast with panko breadcrumbs and also crushed Rosemary along with the parmesean cheese. Yum!

  8. bought some turkey cutlets at the store and was so happy to see you had a recipe for them! so quick and easy. paired them with your recipe for sauteed brussels sprouts w/ pancetta 🙂

  9. I made this recipe last night in the air fryer and it was delicious. For the ones wanted to know about the air fryer, I have a Ninja. I cooked my turkey cutlets for 12 at 400 degrees and flipped halfway through.

  10. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit with my family. Thanks for another great recipe!

  11. Meal was a hit! I have a 10year old little picky eater and he licked the plate!!

    Thank you!

  12. Delicious and easy to make!

  13. This recipe has become part of the rotation of quick meals to make that are absolutely delicious. When I feel tempted to order out because I don’t want to cook, I think of this recipe and make it as it is done in a flash! The lemon adds that extra oomph to the dish. Anytime I see turkey cutlets on sale I buy them so I can make this dish. It so good! 

  14. Family really liked this. Will make it again.

  15. Was looking for a low carb recipe for turkey breast cutlets.  This was soooo good and so simple!  Didn’t bother with egg whites.  Just rinsed my turkey, added salt and pepper and dredged in a mix of almond flour and parm.  Done in no time. The original ingredients would make it even better, I’m sure!! Thanks for your easy and tasty recipe!  Keep ’em coming!

  16. This was REALLY easy & REALLY good. And most importantly, the entire family liked it – even the teenagers. I served it with an arugula salad & brown rice.

  17. Hi Gina! So my husband brought home Turkey tenderloin instead of skin on breast…think I can turn this into air fryer parmesan tenderloin? I’m thinking I filet the tenderloin and follow the steps above but cook in air fryer rather than pan fry? Any thoughts/advice for time and temp?

  18. Made this for dinner last night alongside bruschetta and salted baby cucumbers. Our plates were clean in no time! Wonderful turkey recipe.

  19. My husband and I thought it was very tasty. I will recommend it to others.

  20. This was really good! I added some blackening spice to the bread crumb mixture – will make again! Great weeknight recipe!

    • OH! I also used find almond flour instead of breadcrumbs due to a recent pre-diabetes diagnosis. Worked perfectly! Couldn’t tell the difference! (It was my first time using almond flour too!)

  21. can you make these in the air fryer and how long would they take?

    • Did you try this? I wanted to do the same…

      • I made it in the air fryer tonight so I didn’t need to use the butter and oil. I did spray the cutlets with spray-on butter on the second side after flipping. I cooked it 5 minutes and then flipped it and cooked 5 minutes more.
        I sprayed the air fryer with olive oil mister before adding the cutlets.
        Temperature 375

  22. Will this be just as good without the cheese?

  23. Didn’t find cutlets and made it with tenderloin cut into cutlet -size pieces. So good!

  24. Made this recipe tonight. It was delicious! I added some capers at the end of cooking.
    This is the first I use this site. I will use it again.

  25. My family loves this recipe! Everything that I have made so far has been excellent, full of flavor and low points …… yes, a WW reference.

    Thank you for helping my family eat more healthy and much cleaner!

  26. Can these be made in the air fryer? Do you know how I would adjust the cooking temp and time?

  27. I can’t find Turkey Cutlets at my store. What can I use instead? Can I cut up a turkey tenderloin.?

  28. Could this be made using a turkey tenderloin?  Have one in the freezor.  And I believe if following Weight Watchers flex plan, no points should be added for using a chicken breast as they are a zero point food.

  29. Do you think I can use the air fryer for this?

  30. Can these be done in the air fryer?

  31. I want to make this for my mom, she is allergic to egg white though.  Any suggestions for a substitute?

  32. Made this for a quick weeknight meal. The family LOVED it!

  33. I made this recipe tonight and it was divine. My son abhors parmesan cheese so I substituted Taco cheese mix from Sargento. It was delicious just the same. Nobody knew the difference, and I was not about to tell my secret. I am so over chicken and steak, and this recipe was a perfect fix for a summer night with fresh strignbeans and red bliss potatoes. Requests for repeat orders have already been made. Thank you.

  34. Love this! The whole family inhaled it.

  35. I went to buy turkey cutlets and was told by meat department manager that turkey cutlets had been discontinued. I used turkey tenderloins.

  36. AMAZING!!! I used chicken tenderloins instead of turkey. Loved it, will be a staple! Thank you for the recipe!!

  37. Made this recipe last night, and it was delicious!!  The only change I made was that I added the juice of 1/2 lemon and 2 tablespoons capers (drained) to the pan when I was browning the second side.  Will definitely make this again!

  38. I find them at our local Walmart. There is just a small section of turkey products in the meat case. I always have to look really well to find it. Seems to get moved once in a while.

  39. My favorite recipe! My hubby is not a fan of turkey and this is one of his favorite meals! Thank you Gina 🙂

  40. My family loved this. I didn’t have a lemon though. But it was so good. All four kids plus hubby enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.

  41. This is a favorite way to have turkey, and will become a standard. It could not be better. We all loved it. I usually pound the cutlets a bit too before proceeding with the recipe. Used seasoned panko crumbs. Will make this for company.

  42. Nice, So fast so good.

  43. Easy & Delicious!! 

  44. can I use pork chops and cut them in half?

  45. So very good, thank you! 

  46. I am trying to cut down. Bought turkey cutlets but didnt know how to make them I did a Google search and found your page. The only things I changed was I used less cheese. Only used a drizzle of olive oil to fry and them when done I took out the cutlets and browned some garlic and deglazed with lemon juice and a little white wine. Poured a little bit of each cutlet. It was amazing with a kale salad. Thanks! I will definitely check out more on your site.

  47. I’ve been making cutlets since I learned how to cook, about 2 decades ago. Never thought I’d be wow’d by a cutlet till I tried this today! The lemon really adds to the flavor and I was worried it would be too much. I’m no on WW or follow any diet, just happened to find you website while looking for a slowcooker pork recipe. Thank you!

  48. This was soooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!! So easy to make. Will def be a staple at our house now.

  49. Fantastic! Easystem and quick too!

  50. This was great! My husband even comment on how good it was. He is not an easy person to please!

  51. I am so glad this was on your weekly planner. I made it tonight and my family devoured it! I took one bite and knew it was a keeper. It will be put in the rotation like so many other Skinnytaste recipes. Thanks so much!

  52. Gina, made these last night and they were delicious. Squirting a little lemon on before eating really makes the dish. Family loved them. A definite keeper! Adding another one of your recipes to my rotation. Thanks!

  53. You can oven fry them. 425 for 12 minutes.

  54. can i bake this instead of frying in a pan?

    • I did. I baked them at 400 for 20 minutes. Probably could have used another 5 minutes. I would flip them halfway. I forgot and the bottom was kind of soggy

  55.  Absolutely fantastic!!  I did not make any changes at all and they were absolutely delicious, tender, very flavorful and best of all, it only takes a few minutes to make with minimum clean up.  Can’t wait to make these again but with chicken and then I’ll try pork cutlets.   Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe,  Cynthia

  56. I love the recipes been struggling with my weight because I HAD NO idea what to eat but, with skinny taste I’m able to choose from different recipes and to top it off they’re delicious ????
    And I’m now ready for change with food ???? 

    Sharon NYC 

  57. I just made these last night and they were delicious!! Thank you!

  58. I have tried many of your recipes and have enjoyed every one of them. I purchased your book the other day for my Kobo. Looking forward to reading it when I figure out how to download it! I have lost 188 pounds on WW and just love eating healthy foods!

  59. I made this recipe for dinner, and it was very good! I didn't doubt it would be otherwise (with my experience with your website and recipes), but you deserve the kudos! My husband is a picky eater, and he didn't say one word against them (that is an accomplishment as he does not praise food often)! I think they are delicous, and I will be making them again! Thanks for sharing your healthy recipes with us! You allow us to eat healthy with lots of flavor!

  60. Oops, posted under my husband name. We are going to be making a lot of your easy and healthy recipes. Thanks for sharing. Carola

  61. Hi Gina, love all the healthy recipes. My husband loves turkey, but in Florida it's too hot in the summer to turn the oven on for 3 + hours. I'll add homemade cranberry sauce and salad / veggie. Keep them coming.. P.S. I'm in my 60's

  62. Going to try it with Pacific Rockfish tonight. 🙂

  63. I have veal cutlets in the freezer. Would it work the same? Thank you.

  64. My son has an egg allergy. Any suggestions for the egg white alternative??

  65. I think I will have this tonight with chicken since I have it on hand…do you think this would be good made with tilapia??

  66. This recipe is super easy & absolutly delicious! I saw you make it on snap chat & made a mental note to pick up turkey beast cutlets whenever I saw them! Finally came across them today. Gina, you are genius! Sooooo good 🙂

  67. Does it make a difference if I use grated or shredded parmesan cheese for this recipe? Sorry for the elementary question. I am still learning 🙂

  68. I made this the other night, omg it is soooo delicious!! I couldn't find cutlets so I bought a turkey tenderloin and cut my own cutlets. (Probably bigger then should have been). The next day for lunch turkey cutlet cut up in a wheat wrap with a drop of light mayo.. Great recipe looking forward to making this again Thanks again Gina!

  69. Hi Gina-

    This recipe looks delicious and I can't wait to try it tonight. Was wondering if I could bake this instead of frying and if so what temperature and cook time would you suggest? Thanks for the wonderful recipes as always.

  70. They are so yummy! I had chicken on hand so i substituted for that. Very good and so easy. I've been making recipes off your site for a coupleyears and they always are a hit!

  71. These look gorgeous. Fried just right!

  72. That is I live in the mid-west!LOL

  73. Hi Gina,just wondering where you found turkey cutlets? I have looked at all major grocery stores and asked a few butchers.I love this idea as I cannot eat chicken,but turkey is good.please share,much appreciated

  74. Delicious. I served with very thinly sliced lemons on top (eating them rind and all with the cutlet). Everyone loved it.

  75. This was absolutely delicious!!! I used chicken, 1 T. plain parmesan cheese and 1 T. of Classic Italian seasoned, grated parmesan (Kraft). We absolutely loved it and was perfect with the hit of lemon. One mistake I made however, was when I took it off the heat, I put a lid on to keep warm and sadly, it steamed the beautiful crust right off the chicken. Still tasted wonderful though!

  76. Gina – this looks so great! I think it would be easy to even make this gluten-free by just swapping out the breadcrumbs for some gf ones. I can't wait to try this! Do you think it would be okay just to swap out for some gf breadcrumbs?

  77. I make these with whole wheat panko bread crumbs, come out great! A tip would be after you bread put in fridge for 20 min which will maked them crispier after cooked.

  78. This looks so nice. I will keep this recipe for this Christmas. Thinking to add some finely chopped rosemary to the mixture of cheese and breadcrumb. 🙂

  79. Delicious!! I did forget the Parmesan, LOL. But it was delish, every recipe I've tried has been soooo good!

  80. made this tonight, it was so simple and so good! my 5 yr old also asked for seconds which is unheard of right now. thank you! I love your recipes I rave about them all the time 🙂

  81. I was looking for a different recipe for turkey cutlets and found this. I decided to make zucchini ribbons with the cutlets using the same seasoning, deglazing the pan after cooking the cutlets and adding the zucchini. Yummy!! I used my cast iron pan! Both my husband and son just loved this recipe.

  82. WAS A HIT! I didn't even need the lemon.

    I'm new to venturing further into cooking, and trying new recipes, since I started WW a month ago. So I had no idea how it would turn out. But they were soooooo delicious. I'm so glad I found your site; I'm already eyeing other recipes to try out. And the best part: the points are already calculated for me!

    Thanks so much!

  83. Gina, I've been making recipes from your site for about a year now. I sometimes wander , but eventually , always return. Nobody gives me foolproof , delicious recipes like you!
    Keep it up!

  84. Hi Gina! I am excited to make these tonight, but I am going to sub bread crumbs for panko becuase I already have them in the house, will this work out?

  85. Wow these were a hit! I changed it up a bit by seasoning my own plain Panko breadcrumbs and just browned on the stove and finished in the oven on a foil lined pan sprayed with Pam on 450 for a few minutes.

  86. This was delicious! It's the closest thing I've had to fried food in a long time and it was exactly what I wanted. This will be added to my dinner rotation! Yummmm!

  87. These were awesome, my husband thought they were porkchops. He even thought that I baste them with flour. This is the second meal that I have tried and they both taste good. I love the way that you include the weight watchers points.

  88. Awesome recipe. My husband told me this one was a keeper.

  89. I am making them tonight with chicken but I wanted to know if the lemon was necessary? I'm not sure if the kids will like the lemon and if they taste just as good without it?

  90. I made my own whole wheat breadcrumbs used fresh parm…browned in skillet then transferred to oven….yumminess!!!

  91. I am planning on making these tonight. I was just wondering if anyone has baked them instead of frying them. I do not do weight watchers but do watch what I eat and the calorie intake. I try to stay below 400 per meal and below 1600 per day. Thank you for all the time, effort, etc. you put into posting these recipes and information of your site. I am definately addicted to it.:)

  92. These look great! Linking to this recipe in my next post 🙂

  93. I made these last night and they were amazing and a huge hit. I used pecorino romano instead of the parmesan (since we had a ton). Thanks, Gina!

  94. These were great! I used chicken cutlets instead of turkey. Served with mashed potatoes and your roasted broccoli for an ultra satisfying meal! You will be tempted to eat more than one, which is exactly why I cut the recipe in half – 1 for me, 3 for my boyfriend!

  95. Very good! I made this exactly as indicated, except I used pounded chicken breasts. Served it with a salad and both the hubby and kid devoured it.

  96. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy so you can imagine how hard it is to stay on track with WW at my house. I made this recipe for him last night and he fell in love with it. He said he felt like he was eating chicken fried steak! My 2 year old came back for seconds….I'd say this was a winner. Every recipe I make from your site is DELICIOUS! Thank you Gina!

  97. So GOOD! Thought my 3 year old would love this, and she did! But I think my husband loved it more! So good reheated the next day too. Thanks!

  98. I made this last night for my husband and I and used chicken breasts, pounded into cutlets and cut in half to make smaller portions since the grocery store didn't have turkey cutlets. We ended up only using 2 chicken breats for 4 cutlets (only 2 of us) – but could only eat one cutlet each. They were delcious and easy! Thanks Gina!

  99. My husband and I LOVE this! One of his favorite dishes now. I topped mine with pasta sauce. Next time I probably will serve with angel hair pasta and sauce.

  100. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Did this with select cut chicken fillets. Added garlic powder and a tiny bit of crushed red pepper to the breading mixture. Used 2 whole eggs (egglands best – healthier!). Followed the rest as stated. The lemon was imperative in this recipe and it was loved by all!!! Will definitely make again and again!

  101. It's great with chicken too 🙂

  102. I made this last night and it was SOOOOOO good! This is the second recipe I've made off your website and both were winners!

  103. This was delicious! i paired it with another of your recipes, Im a fan!!! So far ive tried 4 of your recipes and still planning on making a lot more. Thank You

  104. Great Sukino!!

  105. I just made these today for Thanksgiving for myself and they were so good! Thank you for this recipe!

  106. OMGGGG these were good! The hubby wanted sweet potato casserole and I needed something to pair it with and these went great! Also added some green beans to get into the holiday spirit! haha

  107. Just made this recipe using chicken breasts (which adds 1 pt/serving) and it was DELICIOUS!! This will definitely be going into the rotation! Thanks Gina. 🙂

  108. You're welcome Robin!

  109. Making this tonight for the first time. I sent your blog to my daughter and she makes your recipes regularly (for fun :)) I make them 'cause I'm on WW and need some variety. Thanks so much for all your hard work on this site.

  110. 3 oz turkey breast meat = 2 points. 1 oz turkey breast is actually .5 points but WW only uses whole points.

  111. This was great!….However, if 1 oz. of turkey is 1 point, how is it possible for a 4-oz. breast that is breaded and fried in butter and oil to be only 4 points?

  112. This was so good! Thanks for sharing. My 2 year old even loved it and he is a pickey eater. He couldn't get enough.

  113. This is an amazing recipe! Our family loved it. I did season the cutlets with lemon pepper but that was our only change. Outstanding!

  114. You're welcome!

  115. I made this for my family and it was delicious! I will definitely make it again. Thanks for making it easier to reach my WW goals.

  116. I believe they are both the same!

  117. Hi Gina!
    If I use chicken instead of turkey, will it affect the pts?

  118. @Diva – Nice!!! My daughter loved these too. She thought it was chicken!

  119. I made this recipe tonight for my hubby. He LOVED IT!!! Because my cooking has been kicked up a notch with your recipes (and some added ideas of mine) he may not let me go back to work after maternity leave, lol. Thank you