You know those meals that you feel like you could eat every night for a week, and never get sick of them? Well, this is one of them. I related it to my Crispy Chicken with Orange Dipping Sauce, which is equally as divine in an entirely different way! This recipe is so fresh and light, yet completely filling! The touch of lemon zest in the breading as well as the squeeze of lemon juice over the top of the finished meal is to die for. My mouth is watering just thinking about this meal...we had it last night and I have a feeling it will be back on the menu again very, very soon!
Pan Fried Panko Lemon Chicken
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, halved horizontally*, and pounded to 1/2-inch thick
2 oz shredded Whole Milk Mozzarella cheese (1/2 cup)
2 oz shredded Provolone cheese (1/2 cup)
1 large egg
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 oz fresh shredded parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
Zest of 1 lemon (2 tsp)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Lemon slices or wedges for serving (you can just use the one that was zested)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle each side of the chicken cutlet lightly with salt and pepper. Combine Mozzarella and Provolone cheese in a bowl, set aside.
In a shallow dish, whisk together flour and egg until smooth. (yes in the same dish...I had never done this before but it worked great!) In a separate shallow dish, toss together Panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, oregano, lemon zest, garlic powder and 1/4 tsp pepper.
Working with 1 chicken cutlet at a time, dredge chicken in egg mixture coating both sides and allowing excess to run off, then immediately transfer to panko and parmesan mixture and coat both sides with mixture, while pressing gently to allow crumbs to adhere. Transfer chicken to a plate and repeat process with remaining chicken cutlets.
Pour olive oil nto a 10-inch non-stick skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add 2 coated chicken cutlets and fry without moving them until bottom is crispy and golden brown, about 2 minutes, then using metal tongs rotate to opposite side and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer fried chicken to a large plate lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat process with remaining 2 pieces of chicken.
Place cutlets on rimmed baking sheet, sprinkle tops with Mozzaralla cheese mixture and transfer to preheated oven to bake until internal temperature registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometor, about 12 minutes (you can broil during the last 1 - 2 minutes if desired). Remove from oven and garnish with lemon slices or wedges, serve warm. Squeeze fresh lemon juice from lemon slices over chicken just before enjoying.
Recipe from Cooking Classy