If you haven’t tried low carb chicken cutlet recipes, you need to include them in your meal planning. Not only are they delicious, but you can make a frugal meal with chicken cutlets.

What are Chicken Cutlets?

Simply put, chicken cutlets are thinly sliced pieces from a chicken breast. See how Instacart.com describes what a chicken cutlet is, where to find it in the store, how to store it, etc. The fascinating article includes information such as nutritional value and the origin.

How to Make a Frugal Chicken Cutlet Meal

Aside from keeping low carb chicken in your diet, I want you to see how to make a frugal chicken cutlet meal. This is so easily done from one large chicken breast. Feed up to four people with one large chicken breast and up to eight people with two large chicken breasts.

It’s best to purchase skinless, boneless chicken breasts if you want to save prep time. Slice each chicken breast horizontally so you’ll have twice the amount of chicken pieces. Cutting small pieces or strips may actually provide more meals especially for a family with children.

Ask your grocery store butcher to slice a skinless boneless chicken into cutlets and tenderize them for you. Check around for a meat market that provides that service (not all grocery store meat markets do). Otherwise, slice the chicken at home and tenderize it with a mallet or meat tenderizer.

How to Use a Meat Mallet on Chicken

Chicken breasts can be very thick, so pounding them with a meat mallet makes the meat more tender. First, slice the whole chicken breast horizontally. Pound the slices evenly according to how thin you want them.

Since I had always cut my own chicken breasts, I wasn’t used to having a butcher cut chicken into cutlets. However, I met a lady, Ellen, in a grocery store who has the butcher cut chicken breasts into cutlets. The next day I went to a meat market and asked for a chicken breast to be cut into cutlets.

When I got home and opened the package, I was so surprised. There were seven or eight very thin slices, so thin that they almost fell apart when dipped into the flour. So it’s a good idea to cut the cutlets into tenders if they’ve been pounded that thin.

Ways to Cook Chicken Cutlets

Here are a few ways to cook chicken cutlets:

Pressure cooker chicken cutlets
Southern Pressure Cooked Chicken Cutlets
  1. Chicken cutlets for a low-carb diet. Instead of using only white flour, mix a very small amount of white flour with a portion of almond flour. This will cut down on the carbs.
  2. Make Southern-style chicken fried chicken like chicken fried steak. Cover the chicken in flour and egg then fry in a skillet, and top with white gravy.
  3. Leave off the flour, season the cutlets, and cook them in an electric pressure cooker. Brown each side in a tablespoon of coconut oil, and add one-half water. Place the rack inside, and a veggie, secure the lid and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Chicken strips are quick and easy to fry in an air fryer.
  5. Cook chicken and rice in an electric pressure cooker. Make it a meal by adding a veggie or two on top of the pressure cooker rack.
  6. Chicken cutlets & crispy rice meal
    Pressure Cooker Chicken Cutlets & Crispy Rice Meal

Seasoning Options for the Chicken Cutlets

  • garlic powder
  • parmesan cheese
  • onion powder
  • black pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt

Sauce Suggestions for Chicken Cutlets or Chicken Tenders

  1. White Gravy
  2. Marinara Sauce
  3. Honey Mustard
  4. Barbecue Sauce

What favorite sauce do you like for dipping thin cutlets or chicken tenders?

Low-Carb Chicken Cutlets

a low-carb chicken recipe cooked in an electric pressure cooker cooked with veggies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1-2 Tablespoon Seasoning
  • 1 Egg Optional
  • 1/2 Cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Flour (optional)
  • 1-2 Tablespoon Olive Oil (Or use coconut oil or avocado oil.)
  • 1 Cup White Rice
  • 1-1/4 Cup Water


  1. Slice the chicken breasts horizontally into cutlets.

  2. For more pieces, cut the cutlets into strips.

  3. If using an egg, beat the egg, and dip the chicken pieces into the egg.

  4. Mix the flours together if using both all-purpose and almond flour.

  5. Pat the chicken pieces into the flour on both sides of each piece.

  6. Turn the electric pressure cooker on, and choose the saute' method, leaving the lid open.

  7. Add the olive oil and heat for about a minute.

  8. Brown the chicken pieces on both sides.

  9. Add the rice and water.

  10. Next, place the pressure cooker rack inside on top of the chicken and rice if you want to cook a whole meal together.

  11. Add two medium sweet potatoes on top of the rack.

  12. If you would like to add asparagus to this meal, wash the asparagus, cut the hard ends off (about an inch or two).

  13. Lay the asparagus over the rack.

  14. Close the lid and secure it.

  15. Change the cooking method to the rice method and cook.

  16. Your chicken cutlet meal should be ready to eat in approximately 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

You could use a mixture of all-purpose white flour, a portion of almond flour, and coconut flour. I use these three flours together occasionally for different recipes, though I have not made the chicken cutlets with these particular three flours together.

Note: The cooking time may be different on your electric pressure cooker for this meal.

Sides to Serve with Chicken Cutlets

As you can see, the recipe above includes rice, asparagus, and sweet potatoes as sides. Here are other sides that pair well with chicken cutlets:


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