Chicken Cutlets with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce


Though a chicken cutlet may be a chicken breast cut in half, this recipe shows how to make chicken cutlets with double the deliciousness. A jar of sun-dried tomatoes does double duty for this healthy dinner idea. The flavorful oil they're packed in is used to sauté the chicken, and the tomatoes go into the cream sauce.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings

Key Ingredients

The Chicken

Chicken cutlets are thinly sliced chicken breasts, usually no more than 1/4 inch thick. Sometimes labeled "thin-cut", they cook through in about 6 minutes which is why we love them here. If you can't find cutlets, you can make your own by slicing a chicken breast in half horizontally. If they're much more than 1/4-inch thick, you can pound them down with a meat mallet or with a small, heavy pot until they're the right thickness.

The Sundried Tomatoes

Sundried tomatoes come packaged dry or packed in olive oil. We prefer oil-packed sundried tomatoes for this recipe because we find them more flavorful. To save on time and ingredients, we even use some of the oil from the jar to make the sauce which adds even more flavor to the dish. If you have the dry variety without oil, you can use them too. Just swap in 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil for the oil from the jar.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes! Boneless skinless chicken thighs are a good alternative to chicken cutlets. If you're using chicken thighs, be sure to trim them well (they tend to have more fat than breasts). Chicken thighs typically don't come thin-cut, so you can pound them with a meat mallet or a small heavy pot to make them thinner or just cook them a little bit longer on each side until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F.

What to Serve with Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Cutlets

These saucy sun-dried tomato chicken cutlets go with just about anything. For a low-carb meal, serve them over zucchini noodles or cooked spaghetti squash. They're great served over whole wheat spaghetti or orzo as well. Brown rice or farro would be a welcome addition as would a toasted slice of crusty bread to sop up any leftover sauce.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer


  • 1 pound chicken cutlets

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • ½ cup slivered oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, plus 1 tablespoon oil from the jar

  • ½ cup finely chopped shallots

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat sun-dried tomato oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add sun-dried tomatoes and shallots to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Increase heat to high and add wine. Cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the liquid has mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and stir in cream, any accumulated juices from the chicken and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper; simmer for 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Serve the chicken topped with the sauce and parsley.

    Chicken Cutlets with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
19g Fat
8g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 oz. chicken & 1/4 cup sauce
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Vitamin A 1030IU 21%
Vitamin C 18mg 20%
Folate 17mcg 4%
Sodium 250mg 11%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 43mg 10%
Potassium 532mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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