Chicken Cutlets with Orange and Arugula
- 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- A little fresh grated nutmeg
- A handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 orange, zested
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil or vegetable oil, for frying
- 2 seedless oranges
- 2 yellow or orange tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1 sprig fresh oregano, leaves finely chopped, optional
- 1/2 small red onion or 2 to 3 scallions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 cups baby arugula leaves
Cut the chicken breasts horizontally being sure not to cut all the way through to the other side so it will open like a book. Once the chicken is butterflied, lightly pound the chicken between waxed paper, parchment or plastic wrap into 4 large, very thin cutlets. Season the cutlets with salt and pepper and coat with the flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs.
Heat a 1/2-inch of frying oil in very large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the cutlets 1 or 2 at a time, depending on the size of the pan. As cutlets are done, transfer to a baking rack to drain. Cutlets may be served room temperature but you want them to remain crisp.
While the cutlets cook, working next to the stove, peel and section the oranges and dice. Add them to a large bowl along with the tomatoes, oregano, if using, onion, extra-virgin olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Toss and when ready to serve fold in the arugula leaves.
Transfer the cutlets to serving plates and top with mounds of orange and arugula salad before serving.