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Author Notes: Crispy pan fried chicken with a fresh, seasonal tomato fennel salad makes for the perfect pairing that will satisfy all your summer cravings.
—Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch
- 1 pound Tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup Very thinly sliced fennel bulb
- 1 tablespoon Thinly sliced shallot
- 1/4 cup Chopped fresh herbs (such as fennel greensbasil, parsley, or carrot greens, or a mix)
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
- 2 ¼-⅓ pounds chicken breasts
- salt and pepper
- 1 Egg
- 1 teaspoon Hot sauce
- 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup Oil for frying
- lemon wedges for serving
- First, make the salad: Combine all of the salad ingredients in a bowl, and mix them together. Set aside for flavors to develop while you make the chicken.
- Place chicken breasts in a heavy duty freezer bag, lay the bag on the counter, and use a large rolling pin to pound them to approximately ¼ inch in thickness (if you can’t get them that thin, it’s okay, your cutlets will just take a bit longer to cook).
- Place the flour in a shallow dish or bowl. In a second bowl, whisk together the eggs and hot sauce until smooth. Place the panko breadcrumbs in a third shallow dish or bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Season the chicken cutlets liberally on both sides with salt and pepper.
- ake one chicken cutlet and dredge it in the flour until fully coated. Dip into the egg mixture, followed by the breadcrumbs, making sure that it gets fully coated with crumbs. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cutlet.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat and once heated, place the cutlets in the pan and cook, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides (about 2-4 minutes per side). Once cooked, transfer cutlets to a plate lined with paper towels to sop up any excess grease.
- Serve the cutlets hot, topped with copious amounts of tomato fennel salad, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Fresh Tomato Showstopper