September 14, 2012 11:00 AM
Dressed-up Chicken Milanesa
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: cheese , chicken , chile , EP204 , food , Jinich , Mexican , Mexico , milanesa , milanese , Pati
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Milanesa de pollo bien vestida
Serves 6

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup bread cumbs
1/2 cup finely crumbled queso fresco, cotija, ricotta salata, or romano
1 tablespoon dried ground chile piquín or a mix like Tajín, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt, or to taste
Vegetable oil for frying

To flatten the chicken breasts, in between two layers of parchment or plastic paper, flatten the chicken breasts with a meat pallet or a skillet.

On a plate, beat 2 eggs together with the milk. On another plate, combine the breadcrumbs with the cheese, ground chile and salt.

Dip both sides of each flattened chicken breast in the egg mixture, then gently coat both sides with the breadcrumb mixture so that the entire piece is covered. Set the coated breasts aside on a chopping board or platter.

Heat enough oil, in a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat, for it to be ¼ inch deep. After about 3 to 4 minutes, when the oil is hot but not smoking, place as many chicken breasts as will fit in a single layer without crowding the pan. If the edges of the chicken breasts aren't bubbling in the oil, raise the heat closer to medium-high.

Cook for about 3 minutes on one side until golden brown. Gently flip and repeat on the other side. When the second side has crisped, remove it from the pan and set it on a plate covered with a paper towel. Repeat with the remaining milanesas.


Pollo empaizado

Issy | October 1, 2012 4:29 PM

PBS recipe from Pati

Matthew | October 27, 2012 7:18 PM

Hola Pati me emcanta tu programa, I just love it, the way you cook mexican dishes and for everyone to understand is awsome. Eres una chef muy profesional. Le dije a mi hermana de esta receta y ahore la quiere. bueno adios.

Yesenia | November 30, 2012 11:56 AM

Muchas gracias, Yesenia!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Yesenia | December 3, 2012 10:03 AM

Hi Pati,
My husband and I made the chicken milanesa along with the chipotle mashed potatoes and once again you hit a home run. You are now 5 for 5! Keep introducing us to new recipes!
Your happy fans,
Carmen and Jesse

Carmen Figueroa | December 30, 2012 6:26 PM

Hello Pati,

I love watching your show. This particular show was another of your many winners. But, you included this recipe which I have been searching for for many years, as it is my favorite chicken recipe and the way I like to eat chicken. So, you can imagine how elated I am to have caught your show today. It's a winner. Thank you for having me.


232Barbara | December 30, 2012 7:29 PM

I just saw this recipe on your show the other night and decided to try it out. Although it is difficult for me to find some of the ingredients where I live, my family loved the Chicken Milanesa. This will definitely be added to our meal rotation. Thanks for sharing.

Matt | January 1, 2013 10:15 PM