Crunchy chicken cutlets

Serves 2


  • 2 chicken escalopes or breast fillets (200–300g total), preferably organic
  • ¼ cup (70g) Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely grated or minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups (75g) cornflakes
  • 1½ teaspoons pimentón picante or paprika
  • 2 x 15ml tablespoons sunflower oil
  • cherry tomatoes and rocket or salad leaves of your choice, to serve
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges



  1. Take the chicken out of the fridge so that it isn’t too cold by the time you get frying. If you are using filleted chicken breasts, rather than escalopes, then proceed as described in the Intro.
  2. Get out a shallow dish that, preferably, you can get both escalopes in, and spoon in the mustard and the garlic. Add the cinnamon and egg and whisk to combine. Put the escalopes in, turn them, and leave to sit in the mixture while you prepare the ”crumbs”.
  3. Put the cornflakes into a bowl and crush them by hand. This, sadly, is not as brutal as it sounds: merely break them up with your fingers to get coarsely crushed flakes, but not dust. Add the pimentón or paprika and use a fork to mix in.
  4. Dredge the egg-and-mustard-soaked escalopes, one by one, in the cornflake crumbs, so that they are well covered, and then transfer to a wire rack for 5–10 minutes so they can dry out.
  5. Heat the oil in a cast-iron pan or heavy-based frying pan in which the chicken pieces will fit neatly and, when hot, fry for 3 minutes on the first side, then turn them over carefully and give them another 3 minutes, by which time the chicken should be cooked through in the middle, though do check. Remove to waiting plates, already strewn with tomatoes and rocket or salad leaves of your choice.