These quick breaded pork cutlets made with just a few ingredients are so delicious everyone will be wishing they helped make them. Cutting the super-low-fat pork tenderloin into long fillets makes it quick-cooking. Serve with a medley of steamed vegetables and a side of mashed potatoes for a taste of nostalgia.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007


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Recipe Summary

35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Holding a chef's knife at a 45 degrees angle and perpendicular to the tenderloin, slice the pork into 4 long, thin "fillets."

  • Mix breadcrumbs, sugar, paprika, onion powder and salt in a shallow dish. Drizzle with oil and mash with a fork until the oil is thoroughly incorporated. Lightly beat egg white with a fork in another shallow dish. Sprinkle cornstarch over the pork slices and pat to coat evenly on both sides. Dip the pork into the egg, then press into the breading mixture until evenly coated on both sides. (Discard leftover mixture.)

  • Place the pork on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until just barely pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer registers 145 degrees F, 14 to 16 minutes.


Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh crumbs. For dry breadcrumbs, spread the fresh crumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until crispy, about 15 minutes. One slice of fresh bread makes about 1/3 cup dry crumbs. Or use prepared coarse dry breadcrumbs. We like Ian's brand labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; protein 26.2g; carbohydrates 10.9g; dietary fiber 1.2g; sugars 1.4g; fat 7.4g; saturated fat 1.1g; cholesterol 73.7mg; vitamin a iu 141.6IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 0.7mcg; calcium 8.3mg; iron 1.2mg; magnesium 32.5mg; potassium 475.6mg; sodium 376.6mg; thiamin 1.1mg; added sugar 1g.

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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
Very easy to make the pork was on sale so the cost of everything was low. It was delicious even the kids liked it. It was also nice to have another meat other than chicken. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used smoked paprika and a little chili powder to give it a little spice. Very easy and quick to prepare as family enjoyed. Will certainly make this one again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Quick Easy and Tasty! Made this today and husband loved it. Substituted whole wheat flour in place of bread crumbs since we didn't have any. Also used garlic powder in place of onion powder--was still delicious! Will definitely be making this again. Served with a side of green beans and microwaved potatoe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great easy recipe with all pros no cons! The sweet of the sugar and spice of the Paprika went very well together. I used olive oil & omitted the onion powder. A nice Broccoli Floret & Cauliflower mix along with mashed potatoes complimented the chops. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Miraculous! My incredibly picky kids ate it and asked for more! My 6 & 8-yo boys will rarely eat anything other than steak pizza & frozen chicken nuggets & fish sticks despite my best efforts to introduce other foods. So imagine my delight and gratitude when they ate this and asked for more! I did it with boneless pork chops cut in half lengthwise to make thin rather than tenderloin and it was great. Done in 15 mins in a small toaster/convection oven. Crunchy and good! Pros: Extremely easy crunchy picky kids liked it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
good rip offff!!! Pros: nothing Cons: its poo Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I made this exactly like it said and it was way to sweet. Could not even force it down. The bright side my dogs loved them and were very happy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These port cutlets were easy to make and the crispy coating locked in the juices. The entire family loved them! What a great alternative to unhealthy fried foods. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My husband and I both really enjoyed these. They are definitely going to stay on our menus. Read More