Chicken Milanese in the USA – Pollo alla Milanese

My 15-year-old granddaughter Mia preparing “Nonno’s chicken by Mia”

This dish is known in my family as “Nonno’s chicken” because I perfected its execution, resisting the requests to lower the oil temperature: you need it very hot!

Now, my 15-year-old granddaughter, Mia learned how to prepare it, and, therefore we call it “Nonno’s chicken by Mia“. Here is what you need to prepare:


  • chicken breasts
  • one or two eggs
  • bread crumbs – PLAIN not flavored!
  • vegetable oil
  • lemon slices


  • Beat the eggs in one dish
  • Slice the chicken very thin
  • Prepare the bread crumbs in a second dish
  • Pass the chicken in the beaten eggs
  • Pass them in the bread crumbs
  • Heat the oil very hot
  • Put the chicken in the hot oil, and cook it until they are colored
  • Take out and put on a plate covered with paper that will absorb the oil
  • Serve with a side of lemon slices

Weinersnitchel – Costoletta Alla Milanese – Chicken Milanese

Weinersnitchel and Costoletta Alla Milanese are prepared with VEAL with a bone, often difficult to procure in the USA, outside of specialized online stores, normal supermarkets don’t sell it while in Italy, it is readily available in every local butcher store.

Substituting Chicken for Veal is an acceptable way of preparing this dish using something available in every USA supermarket.

In Uruguay, they have the “Pollo alla Milanesa”, which is essentially the same recipe. There is a strong Italian influence on Uruguayan cuisine.

Alternative preparation

An alternative often presented in recipes present on the web uses butter instead of oil. However, in my opinion, and experience, it gives a lower quality result because the butter doesn’t reach the same high temperature available with the oil. Therefore it cannot be called “Nonno’s chicken“!

6 slices of chicken breast of about 70 g each
3 yolks
1 egg white
1 tablespoon grated cheese
80 g butter

How to make Chicken Milanese

In a large bowl, cream the three egg yolks with the egg white, add the grated cheese, a pinch of salt and a pinch of nutmeg.

Lightly beat the slices of breast, season with a pinch of salt and immediately pass them in the egg cream and then in the breadcrumbs, which must be very fine. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and when hot, place the chicken breasts in it. Fry them over high heat for a few minutes on both sides, turn them a couple of times and remove them when golden brown to prevent them from hardening. Dry on absorbent paper towels.

Regional recipe of Lombardy – imported to the USA

2 Replies to “Chicken Milanese in the USA – Pollo alla Milanese”

  1. Today I prepared nonno’s chicken for lunch with a lady friend, I can still manage one guest, I need my granddaughter Mia’s help when the entire family of seven is together, including three hungry teenagers. Here are her comments on the dish:

    So good to see you today!
    And thank you for such a delicious lunch!
    Nonno’s chicken is the best 😋

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