Crispy Lemon-Herb Turkey Cutlets
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Crispy Lemon-Herb Turkey Cutlets

Whole wheat panko adds crunch to these citrus and herb-studded cutlets.

Crispy Lemon-Herb Turkey Cutlets

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!

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Crispy Lemon-Herb Turkey Cutlets

Crispy Lemon-Herb Turkey Cutlets

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


Whole wheat panko adds crunch to these citrus and herb-studded cutlets.


  • 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
  • 1 egg
  • 24 tablespoons olive oil


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Keywords: crispy cutlets, easy turkey recipe, fried turkey cutlet

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Rose Martine

    What a delicious meal we had tonight. I added the broccoli and red pepper flakes,. It was just wonderful and enjoyed by my husband as well. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!!

    • Ashley

      I’m so glad that this was a hit, Rose! And thank you for reminding me of this recipe – I haven’t made it in years. Broccoli sounds like the perfect accompaniment.

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