Chicken escalopes recipe

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Our chicken escalopes are cooked in under 20 minutes and make a delicious speedy dinner the whole family will love.

Chicken escalopes
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Serves2
SkillEasy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories523 Kcal26%
Sugar2 g2%
Fat24 g34%
Saturated Fat9.8 g49%
Salt1 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein47.3 g95%
Carbohydrates28.7 g11%
Salt1 gRow 7 - Cell 2

These chicken escalopes only have four steps in the method and can be served with salad, chips or both! 

We’ve given you a very simple chicken escalope recipe but you can add even more flavour by seasoning the flour and breadcrumbs. Try mixing mixed herbs, spices or grated cheese to the breadcrumbs.

You could even make a mix and then let the kids have a ‘pick and mix’ style dinner. We like to serve them with chips, peas and salad but you could try rice and a katsu style sauce or even use them to make fried chicken burgers. 

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, skinned
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 medium egg
  • 50g white breadcrumbs
  • Zested rind of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 30g butter
  • 1tbsp sunflower oil

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Method 

  1. Put each chicken breast between 2 sheets of cling film and, using a rolling pin or mallet, beat the chicken breasts out to an even thickness, until each one is about twice the original size.
  2. Tip the flour onto a plate and season with salt and pepper. Beat the egg in a separate shallow dish and on a third plate, mix the breadcrumbs, lemon zest and parsley together.
  3. Dip a chicken breast in the flour and shake off any excess, then dip it in the egg to coat completely; finally, dip in breadcrumb mixture and set aside. Repeat with the rest of the chicken.
  4. Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan. Cook the breasts over a medium heat for 3-4 mins on each side until golden and cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper before serving.

Top tips for making chicken escalopes

If you find that your breadcrumbs fall off the chicken, place the breaded chicken (before cooking) on a plate and chill in the fridge for half an hour. This will help the breadcrumbs and egg mixture solidify and stick to the chicken as it cooks.

How can I tell if chicken escalopes are cooked?

The easiest way to check if chicken escalopes are cooked all the way through is to use a meat thermometer. It should read 74C or above. Make sure you probe the thickest part of the chicken and don’t insert the probe all the way through the other side of the chicken and into the oil in the pan. 

How do you cut chicken breast into escalopes?

Instead of cutting the chicken breasts, it’s about flattening the chicken breast into an escalope shape. We recommend using sheets of cling film or baking paper to do this. Some chicken breasts have what’s called a ‘false fillet’ attached underneath. It looks like a mini fillet and you might find it easier to cut it off and flatten it out separately. 

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“If you don’t have any eggs in the house, use a couple tablespoons of mayonnaise instead. Dip the chicken in the flour, then brush over enough mayonnaise to liberally coat the chicken. Finish in the breadcrumbs, pressing firmly to stick them evenly.”

When frying chicken escalopes food writer Jessica Ransom recommends using a large pair of kitchen tongs to put the chicken in and out of the pan and to help turn it over halfway through cooking. 

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The tongs feature a clever elevated design to stop the tongs from touching your kitchen surface. It helps to reduce mess which can only be a good thing! We also like the lockable handle feature which means the tongs can be streamlined and more easily stored in a utensil jar or drawer. 

Try serving these with a portion of homemade chips on the side. You might also like these cheap family meals or our healthy chicken recipes

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies

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