These Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and absolutely delicious! They’re easy to make and gluten-free!
I used to only use my air fryer for reheating leftovers. Recently, I posted my first air fryer recipe, Air Fryer Asparagus. It was a huge hit in my house! Watching your whole family literally devour a vegetable is a rare sight. I knew I needed to create more air fryer recipes.
This Air Fryer Chicken recipe is healthy comfort food at its finest. I used cheddar cauliflower crackers to coat the chicken which resulted in the most flavorful, crispy outside layer. And when you take a bite, the chicken is tender and juicy. This is definitely a recipe I’ll be making over and over again.
Recipe Ingredients–What You Need
Gluten-Free Seasoned Crackers
I used cauliflower cheddar crackers. You can use any kind you’d like, just make sure they’re well seasoned for the best flavor. I wouldn’t recommend using panko breadcrumbs or any other kind of breadcrumbs. The crackers are what give the chicken so much flavor and great texture while keeping them gluten free!
Combined with the crackers, the parmesan cheese gives the crispy chicken cutlets a flavorful coating.
The egg mixture is an essential ingredient for the crispy coating. I wouldn’t recommend using just egg whites.
Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
To make these crispy air fryer chicken cutlets gluten free, I used gluten-free flour. You can also use regular all-purpose flour if you’d like.
Chicken cutlets are boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been sliced in half horizontally, creating a thinner piece of meat.
Salt and Pepper
Just a little bit adds the best flavor! My favorite way to add more flavor is to sprinkle a tad of garlic powder in addition to the salt and black pepper.
How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets
This recipe is super easy to make in your air fryer as opposed to deep frying! Air frying is a great way to make crispy chicken.
- Place the crackers in a blender or food processor and process until they are a coarse crumb. Alternatively, you can put them in a ziplock bag and crush them with a meat mallet.
- Place the cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl and stir in the parmesan cheese.
- In two separate shallow bowls, put the egg and gluten-free flour.
- Season your chicken with salt and pepper, then dip each of the chicken pieces into the shallow dish with the egg wash, then dredge in the flour, then finish with the cracker crumbs. ***
- Preheat the air-fryer to 375 degrees (If you have the kind that has an air fryer basket you can skip this step).
- Place each piece of chicken in your air fryer lined with aluminum foil and non stick spray, and cook for 12-15 minutes. If you’re using a basket style air fryer, turn the cutlets over half way through the cooking time. If you’re using a tray style, change the position of the trays half way through the cooking time. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do two separate batches.
- Once they’re golden brown and you’ve used a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165, remove from your air fryer and enjoy these perfect chicken cutlets!
What kind of crackers should I use?
I used cauliflower cheddar crackers because they are very flavorful. You can use whatever kind you like as long as they are well seasoned. If you’re not worried about keeping this air fryer chicken cutlet recipe gluten-free, you can use regular crackers.
Can I use chicken breasts instead of cutlets?
Chicken cutlets are boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been sliced in half horizontally, creating a thinner piece of meat. If you only have chicken breasts on hand or can’t find any chicken cutlets at your local grocery store, you can always cut the raw chicken in half yourself. If that’s the case, you’ll only need two chicken breasts.
Can I use regular breadcrumbs instead of crackers?
I would not recommend using panko bread crumbs or anything like that for this recipe. The flavor from the crackers is what gives the chicken their flavor and the crackers give a nice texture while keeping these gluten free.
Should I line my airfryer?
You can line your air fryer with aluminum foil and non stick cooking spray or olive oil spray to keep the chicken from sticking to the pan or air fryer basket, but I don’t do this.
How should I store leftovers?
If you’re using these for meal prep or have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
How should I reheat these chicken cutlets?
You can reheat these juicy chicken cutlets in the air fryer at 375 degrees F for around 5 minutes or until warm. Reheating them in the air fryer is the best way to make them crispy again. You could also cover them with a paper towel and reheat them in the microwave if you’d like. Just note they will not be crispy if you reheat them this way.
What goes well with this recipe?
These air-fryer chicken cutlets are a tasty main dish that would pair well with my smashed potatoes and any salad. You can really pair it with whatever you like for a delicious, simple meal!
More recipes for you to try:
If you love this easy recipe, I think you’re going to love some of my other healthy chicken recipes! Each of them would make a delicious and easy weeknight meal!
- Buffalo Chicken Breasts
- Honey Garlic Chicken
- One Pan Chicken and Veggies
- Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms and Peppers
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