Almond Chicken Cutlets with Apple, Arugula + Brussels Sprout Salad. Gluten free, pan fried chicken cutlets, flavored with Dijon mustard and served with a crisp and refreshing apple, shaved Brussels sprout and arugula salad! #easy #chicken #cutlet #recipe #dijon #apple #brussels #salad #arugula #glutenfree #almond #crispy #healthy |

Almond Chicken Cutlets with Apple, Arugula + Brussels Sprout Salad

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: pan fried
  • Cuisine: gluten free


This easy recipe for Almond Chicken Cutlets with Apple, Arugula + Brussels Sprout Salad is a healthy and satisfying dinner idea you’re absolutely going to love! These chicken cutlets are flavored with Dijon mustard and coated with almonds, then pan fried to get an incredibly crispy crust that just so happens to be both gluten and dairy free. I serve them with a crisp, lemony apple, arugula and shaved Brussels sprout salad for a refreshing compliment to the crunchy, tender chicken. You don’t have to be on a gluten free diet to love this recipe!



For the Chicken

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten free Panko breadcrumbs or traditional Panko breadcrumbs *
  • 1 1/4 cups ground almonds (use a blender or food processor to grind them into coarse crumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend OR all purpose flour*
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced and/or pounded out very thin
  • neutral oil for frying (I like grape seed)

For the Salad

  • 6 medium Brussels sprouts, shaved into fine ribbons
  • 2 packed cups arugula
  • 1/2 green apple, julienned
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus extra lemon wedges for serving
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a large, shallow bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, almonds, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. 
  2. Add the flour to another shallow bowl, then in a third bowl whisk together the eggs and Dijon mustard until well combined.
  3. Season each piece of chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. 
  4. Take a piece of chicken and dip it into the flour to coat on all sides, then tap off the excess. Next, coat it in the egg mixture, let the excess drip off, then place it into the breadcrumb mixture. Be sure to press it down and move it around so that it gets thoroughly coated. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
  5. Place a cooling rack over top of a sheet pain and set it next to the stove for draining the cooked chicken.
  6. Heat about 1/2 inch of oil in a large, heavy bottomed sauté pan over medium-high heat. Gently place 1-3 chicken breasts down in the hot oil, but don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook until golden brown on each side, then remove to the cooking rack to drain. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts, wiping out the pan and starting with new oil as needed. 
  7. While the chicken cooks, make the salad. Add the shaved Brussels sprouts, arugula and apples to a large bowl. In a separate small bowl or jar, whisk together the shallot, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified, then pour over the salad and toss until everything is nicely coated.
  8. Serve almond chicken cutlets hot with salad on the side. 


*If you don’t keep a gluten free diet, feel free to use regular all purpose flour and Panko breadcrumbs. I used Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour and Aleia’s Gluten Free Panko Breadcrumbs.

Keywords: gluten free, pan fried, chicken, cutlets, salad, brussels sprouts, arugula, apples, crispy, dairy free, almonds