Pollo alla Milanese
Chicken in breadcrumbs (Milanese Style)
should I make it?
Children love this dish and it
is a great way of using up left over bread. It's quick and easy to make
You can make it
with chicken breast or chicken thighs. Personally, I prefer chicken
thighs - they're more succulent and they're less expensive too!
How long will it take?
This is a quick supper dish
that shouldn't take you more than about 15 minutes to make.
What ingredients do I need?
You will need:
chicken breasts (1 per person) or thighs (1-2 per person)
bread for breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
flour for dusting
and herbs –
Salt & Black Pepper
Can I use any alternatives if I
can find certain
You could make the same recipe with different meats. Veal escalopes is
the most common alternative. I also like to make this recipe with lamb
preparation do I need to
do / what can I
do in advance?
If you don't have any breadcrumbs, you will need to make some by
grinding down some stale bread into crumbs using a food processor.
Please do not use shop bought breadcrumbs, I've yet to discover good
quality ones and this is a great way of using up stale bread -
following the Italian kitchen philosophy of not wasting anything!
As with most things in Italian cooking, the key is good quality
ingredients and simplicity. So the better bread you use the better the
results. (For Londoners, there's only one place for great Italian bread
are the main steps?
chicken on a board and cover with a sheet of cling film
a suitable hammer like device (use a rolling pin if you need to), take
out all your frustration on the chicken and beat it down into thin
- Season the chicken escalopes
with salt and pepper.
the escalopes in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, then egg again and
then breadcrumbs again to ensure they're nicely coated.
fry the breaded chicken in olive oil until nicely golden then
from pan and remove any excess oil by placing on kitchen towel. Be sure
not to cook the chicken on a very high heat which may well cook the
breadcrumbs but may not cook the chicken inside.
How should I serve it?
Serve with lemon slice and
accompany with a nice salad or vegetables and potatoes. Traditionally, however, this
dish is often served with spaghetti with a Napolitana (tomato)
Are there any variations to
this recipe that I could
adding some rosemary and parmasan to the mixture as you're making your
What are the origins of this
the name suggests, this style of cooking meat originates from
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