Everything Bagel Air Fryer Chicken cutlets are an easy weeknight dinner done in under 30 minutes! Serve these crispy chicken cutlets with your favorite dipping sauce for a meal the whole family will love!

Air Fryer Chicken cutlets on parchment paper with honey mustard sauce in bowl

Why We Love This Recipe

These perfectly cooked air fryer chicken cutlets are so easy to make and a great way to switch up your weeknight chicken dinner routine! The air fryer uses little oil, making this a much healthier way to eat fried chicken! They pair perfectly with a garden salad, or green veggie side dish! They’re also great for meal prep! Air frying is my favorite way to cook chicken!

Ingredients for this Recipe

Ingredients to make Air Fryer Chicken cutlets in bowls on countertop

Chicken Cutlets

Chicken cutlets are thinly sliced skinless chicken breasts that are pre-sliced at the grocery store. They take less time to cook and are usually pounded for uniform thickness. If you’re not able to find cutlets at your local grocery store, slice a raw chicken breast horizontally into 3 slices. Pound them out thin with a meat mallet between 2 pieces of plastic wrap.

Flour

The first step in the three-step breading station. It acts as a primer to help all the other coatings cling to the food.

Eggs

Step two in the three-step breading station. The egg wash helps the breading stick to the food at the final step. The egg is necessary because it acts as a sticky glue to attach all of the breadcrumbs to the surface of the food. When the egg proteins cook and solidify, the breadcrumbs are secured onto the food.

Parmesan Cheese

Grated parmesan cheese is combined with everything bagel seasoning and Panko bread crumbs to create a perfectly crispy crust on these air fryer chicken cutlets. I love the nutty flavor it adds to the crust!

Panko breadcrumbs

Panko breadcrumbs have a lighter, crispier texture than traditional breadcrumbs. If you can’t find Panko bread crumbs at the store, regular breadcrumbs will work just fine.

Everything Bagel Seasoning

This popular seasoning combination has become quite popular in the past few years. I like to use it on just about everything! Eggs, avocados, and even chicken! If you’re not familiar, it’s a combination of poppy seeds, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dried onion flakes, and flaked sea salt. 

Step By Step Instructions To Make This Recipe

Set up the three step breading station

Place plain flour in a shallow dish. In a separate shallow bowl (but deep enough to coat your chicken pieces), whisk egg and water together to create an egg wash. In a third bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, everything bagel seasoning and Panko breadcrumbs. Stir with a fork to combine.

Bread the chicken cutlets

Dip the chicken into the flour, turning to coat evenly. Dip the flour-coated chicken into the egg wash.
Dip the floured and egg-washed chicken into the bread crumbs, and use your hands to firmly press the breadcrumb mixture to the chicken cutlets.

Air fry until golden

Spray each side of the breaded chicken cutlets with cooking spray (this is optional, but I feel like it helps to get that beautiful golden brown color). Place chicken cutlets in a single layer on the bottom of your air fryer basket or tray. Depending on the size of your air fryer basket, you may have to work in batches. Fry until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes. You can measure the internal temperature using an instant meat thermometer.

Air Fryer chicken cutlets with aioli on brown parchment


FAQs and Expert tips

Air fryer chicken cutlets stay good in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes until they are hot all the way through.

If you can, work with one hand in the dry bowls (flour and bread crumbs) and the other hand in the egg wash, so as not to bread your fingers! It makes for a much cleaner way of prepping air-fried chicken!

Use a cooking spray to achieve the perfect golden brown color.

Substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour and gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs if you follow a gluten-free diet.

Additional Recipes To Try

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries – Air fryer sweet potato fries are crispy, mouthwatering and so addicting!  Pair them with your favorite dipping sauce for the perfect side dish!

Fish Sticks – Crispy and golden on the outside and flaky on the inside, these homemade fish sticks are perfectly paired with a tangy homemade tartar sauce for a delicious dinner option!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with a classic spicy Buffalo sauce coating each and every nook and cranny. Don’t miss our Air Fryer Bang Bang Cauliflower too!

Air Fryer Salmon Bowls – A delicious and healthy dinner option for a busy weeknight! Have this delicious bowl on your table in under 30 minutes! 

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crispy air fryer chicken cutlets in a dish with brown parchment

Everything Bagel Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Everything Bagel Air Fryer Chicken cutlets are an easy weeknight dinner done in under 30 minutes! Serve these crispy air-fried chicken cutlets with your favorite dipping sauce for a meal the whole family will love!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken cutlets
  • 3/4 cup panko or gluten-free panko
  • 1/4 cup everything bagel seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400.
  2. Combine the Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan, everything bagel seasoning, salt and pepper together in a shallow dish.
  3. Set up a three part breading station with three shallow dishes: flour, beaten eggs and water, and the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Season the chicken with salt. Working with one or two cutlets at a time, dredge first in the flour, shaking off any excess.
  5. Then dip in egg wash
  6. Then finally dredge in the breadcrumb mixture, turning and pressing firmly on the chicken so that the mixture adheres.
  7. Spray with cooking oil if desired and place in a single layer at the bottom of an air fryer basket.
  8. Air fry 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit with an instant thermometer. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Make Ahead Notes

Air fryer chicken cutlets stay good in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes until they are hot all the way through.

If you can, only work with one hand in the dry bowls (flour and bread crumbs) and the other hand in the egg wash, so as not to bread your fingers! It makes for a much cleaner way of prepping air fried chicken!

Use a cooking spray to achieve the perfect golden brown color.

Substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour and gluten free Panko breadcrumbs if you follow a gluten free diet.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cutlets
  • Calories: 384
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 18 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Protein: 34 grams