Weeknight dinners tend to get boring and repetitive at times. You are either struck by Monday Blues or a mid week crisis hits you harder than usual. And  more often than not, its the Kitchen,which takes a toll. So the Man sensed that one of the two were about to happen, and he took charge. He sent me off for some quality Couch Time with my favorite YouTube Beauty Videos. He took over the Kitchen for the evening. He made sure that a normal Weeknight Dinner became something more than Normal. He decided to make some Chicken Cutlets.

So while I let my hair down and put my feet up,the man hammered away and fried away. I did sneak in every now and then to try and take a few pictures,but its difficult to document his cooking,as he will not stop, for you to try and take a proper picture.

Kolkata Puritans will probably have their own theory about Chicken Cutlets and how they are made. But this particular Dinner which was whipped by the man, had a different inspiration altogether.

Having a toddler at home means that you watch Disney Junior more than usual. And sometimes even after the toddler is sound asleep in her room, in her white toddler bed in her super pink room, Mommy Daddy forget to change the Channel to something Non-Disney for a change. It was during one of those times, that both Mommy and Daddy had come across a particular episode of Disney Junior Night Light,featuring Helen Cavallo. And she had made some Chicken Cutlets. That was surely the inspiration for Daddy for that particular weeknight dinner.

We did not have Chicken Breast, in the freezer, as the recipe demanded. But we had a few portions of Boneless Chicken Thighs. And I must tell you, once I bit into the Chicken Cutlet on my plate, I was happy that he had used the Thighs, instead of the Breast,as it was so juicy. The cutlets had the perfect crunchy exterior yet were perfectly cooked and succulent inside. Yes, I stay in Kansas City, the home of Pan Fried Chicken. But the Husband's Chicken Cutlet  can surely give them a run for their money,for the sheer amount of taste he managed to pack in.

The Man always has some Aces up his sleeve whenever he is doing anything creative, The Chicken Cutlets were no exception.  Cayenne Pepper, Parmesan, Parsley, Paprika spell magic when woven together.


Recipe Inspiration: Helen Cavallo's Chicken Cutlets 

Chicken Breast or Thigh
Bread Crumbs/Panko Bread Crumbs
Cayenne Pepper
Canola Oil: To Fry
Parmesan Cheese: Grated
Ginger/Garlic paste: To Marinate


Take the chicken pieces and put each piece within two pieces of Plastic Wrap. Place them on your cutting board and tenderize with a Meat Tenderizer.

Make a marinade of Ginger-Garlic Paste, Cayenne Pepper and Salt. Marinate the flattened Chicken Pieces in this marinade for at least an hour. Overnight marination is ideal.

Make a dredging station. Beat two eggs in a flat deep dish. In another dish, add in Bread crumbs, salt, paprika and chopped parsley/dried parsley. Dredge the chicken cutlets and keep aside. The Man ahad used Panko Breadcrumbs.

In a Non stick pan, heat some oil on medium heat and fry the chicken cutlets till they are golden in color.

Serve warm

Bon Appetit !!

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