Air-Fryer Chicken Cutlets

Cooking chicken cutlets in an air fryer creates a crunchy, golden-brown exterior while eliminating excess oil. Serve the crispy cutlets with a side salad.

Air-Fryer Chicken Cutlets
Photo: Photography / Antonis Achilleos, Styling / Christine Keely / Ali Ramee
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 cup whole-wheat or gluten-free panko breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • ½ cup whole buttermilk

  • 1 pound chicken breast cutlets (4 cutlets)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Combine panko, Parmesan, oil and lemon zest in a shallow dish. Pour buttermilk into another shallow dish.

  2. Preheat air fryer to 375°F for 5 minutes. Coat the basket with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge in the buttermilk, letting excess run off. Dredge in the panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Place in the basket, in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown and a thermometer inserted in the thickest part reaches 165°F, about 5 minutes on each side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
7g Fat
11g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cutlet
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Vitamin A 109IU 2%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Potassium 423mg 9%

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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