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Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

The secret is in the brine! These air fryer chicken cutlets turn out flavorful and juicy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 6 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 255kcal
Author Amee


  • Air Fryer


  • For the brine:
  • ½ cup pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • 2 teaspoon sugar *optional
  • For the cutlets:
  • 1 lb thin sliced chicken cutlets
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs *can use gluten-free panko
  • ½ cup regular bread crumbs *can use gluten-free
  • ¼ cup liquid egg whites in the carton
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour *can use gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • avocado oil spray or olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Whisk together in a bowl: pickle juice, ranch dressing mix, and sugar (if using) then pour the mixture into a sealable bag, add the chicken cutlets and marinate for 4-6 hours.
  • Stir the two types of breadcrumbs together in a shallow bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, egg whites, flour, and garlic powder. Add salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Dip each chicken cutlet in the egg mixture, allowing the excess to drip off and then dip into the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure both sides are well coated.
  • Spray the bottom of the air fryer or the air fryer rack with cooking oil spray.
  • Place the cutlets onto the greased air fryer rack, making sure not to overlap (work in batches if needed), and spray the top generously with avocado oil spray to lightly coat all of the breading.
  • Air fry at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Flip each cutlet over after 5 minutes, spray with more cooking spray and continue cooking until the crust is crisp and golden and the chicken is cooked through (the internal temperature is at least 160 degrees). An average cutlet will be done around the 8-minute mark, but this can vary depending on the size of your cutlets and your air fryer. Check for doneness at the 8-minute mark with a meat thermometer so they don't overcook.
  • Chicken should register 160 degrees F with a meat thermometer when done.


  • Do not overlap the breaded chicken cutlet pieces in the air fryer. In order for the breading to crisp up evenly on all sides, it needs to be exposed to the circulating heat.
  • That said, you'll probably need to work in batches depending on how many cutlets you're making. This chicken will cook up fast in the air fryer so you'll be able to work through cooking each batch quickly.
  • Keep finished cutlets warm while you cook the rest by setting them on a cooling rack in a 170 degree to 200-degree oven while you finish cooking the rest of the chicken.
  • The many brands of air fryers all cook a little differently, so keep that in mind when adjusting the time and temperature. Use this recipe as a recommendation and adapt accordingly with your air fryer settings.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg