Breaded Chicken Cutlets with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

This dish is a lighter, summertime version of my Chicken Pizzaiola recipe.   It uses fresh tomatoes and a thinner chicken cutlet, and can be made with or without a little fresh tomato sauce.  If you want to marinate the chicken in buttermilk like I do in the Chicken Pizzola recipe,  you can still do that to render it very tender.

Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds), pounded into thin cutlets
  • Kosher salt 
  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup of freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried oregano* (you can also use any combination of these herbs if desired), plus 4 basil leaves for garnish.
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced into ½ inch slices (you can also use cherry tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine)
  • 4 slices of low-moisture mozzarella, or ½ cup shredded mozzarella


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Trim your chicken breasts of fat and gristle if necessary.  Pound into thin cutlets and season with salt.  
  3. In a medium sized bowl, toss together the  breadcrumbs, grated cheese, herbs, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until all is incorporated together.
  4. One at a time, put the chicken breasts in the bowl with the seasoned breadcrumbs and coat on both sides. 
  5. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a medium size oven-proof skillet, and arrange the breaded chicken breasts so they’re not touching.  Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side so the coating is crisp and browned. 
  6. Transfer the chicken to the preheated oven and cook for another 10-12 minutes, or until it’s cooked through.  (If you want to skip step 5, you could place the chicken directly onto a baking sheet with parchment paper and simply bake for 15  minutes).  .  
  7. When the chicken is just cooked through, top with the sliced tomatoes and mozzarella and bake until the cheese is just melted, about 2 minutes.