Usually, when I’m cooking with turkey, it’s ground turkey. I can’t always find cutlets, so when I saw them at the store this week, I figured I’d do something simple with them for dinner one night. This was a quick way to enjoy turkey with a crispy panko coating that was studded with lemon zest and fresh herbs. Sage would also be great here. The squeeze of lemon on top at the end is key, so don’t leave that out!
Crispy Turkey Cutlets with Lemon
4 turkey breast cutlets
1/2 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
1 lemon, zested and then cut into wedges
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
4 sprigs thyme, leaves stripped
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
2-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Take the turkey cutlets out of the fridge for a few minutes to take the chill off. Set up 3 shallow dishes. In the first, put the flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper. In the next, whisk the egg with a splash of water. In the third, mix the panko, lemon zest, parsley and thyme.
Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet over moderate heat. Pat the turkey cutlets dry with a paper towel. Take a cutlet and coat both sides in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess, and then dip it into the egg to coat. Again, shake off any excess. Press cutlet down into the panko mixture and coat well. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
Fry each cutlet in the heated oil until crispy and nicely browned on both sides, and the meat is cooked through. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to soak up any excess oil. Sprinkle with a little more salt while still hot. Serve, squeezing a lemon wedge over the top of each cutlet before digging in. Enjoy!
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