Crispy Ranch Chicken Katsu

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 radishes

3 Persian cucumbers, or any small cucumber

3 medium tricolor carrots

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1 lemon

1 shallot, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

Two 5- to 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 packet ranch seasoning

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs

1/3 cup canola oil

1 bunch dill

1 bunch parsley


Special equipment:
a mandoline
  1. Thinly slice the radishes, cucumbers and carrots lengthwise using a mandoline or a very sharp knife. Place in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Zest and juice the lemon. Combine the zest, juice and shallot in a mason jar or other jar with a tightly fitting lid and add salt and pepper to taste. Give it a good mix, then add the olive oil. Screw on the lid and shake to combine. Set aside.
  3. Pat the chicken breasts dry. Using a sharp knife, slice each chicken breast in two horizontally so you have a total of 4 thin cutlets.
  4. Now it's time to make your dredging station. Get out three pie pans, shallow bowls or plates with deep sides. Place the flour and ranch seasoning in one pie plate and whisk to combine. Crack the eggs in the second bowl, add 2 tablespoons of water and whisk to combine. Place the panko in the final pie pan.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Working in an assembly line, place a chicken cutlet in the flour mixture and turn to coat both sides; tap off any excess. Place the cutlet in the egg wash and coat both sides. Finally, coat in breadcrumbs and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.
  6. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shiny, add the chicken cutlets and cook until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Place on a cooling rack to drain off any excess oil and keep the cutlets nice and crispy.
  7. Drain off any excess water from the veggies and pat them dry with a paper towel. Add 1 cup
  8. fresh parsley leaves and 1/2 cup dill leaves. Drizzle in the lemon dressing and toss to combine.
  9. Congrats, it's time to plate! Place each cutlet on a plate, top with veggies and enjoy! 
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