Chicken Milanesa, Uruguayan Style


Fun fact #1 I learned yesterday: Hiccups can be scary.

Fun Fact #2 I learned yesterday: Hiccups are scary when you have them for more than their typical span of 2-3 minutes. If you’re on minute…oh I dunno…30 (!!), you might have a lil’ panic attack, which will lead to all sorts of googling…WebMd-ing, etc.

Fun Fact #3 I learned yesterday: If you ever want to fall asleep, NEVER, I mean NEVER look up your “symptoms” on WebMd. Every single “symptom” seems to equal a deathly illness…even hiccups.

Fun Fact #4 I learned yesterday: Drinking water doesn’t help. But hanging upside down off the side of your bed does! It’ll also lead to a bit of headache, but that’s better than hiccups. You can’t win all the time!

I’m not a hypochrondriac, I swear. I just really hate hiccups and have a bad habit of constantly wanting to self-diagnose myself. I’m a doctor’s worst nightmare. I can’t be the only one that does this…

(This post is in collaboration with Bravo for their show, Around the World in 80 Plates. This week it’s the grand finale and they’re in Uruguay! Check it out on Wednesday at 10pm/9pmc on Bravo!!)

Besides googling hiccups, I also like to google-image food, like, all the time.

The latest thing to catch my eye was a picture of chicken milanesa in a Uruguayan-style. I’m obviously pretty familiar with the Italian style, typically served with a light salad and a glass of wine.

But this one isn’t served that way. It doesn’t stop at just breaded and lightly fried chicken. It takes everything to another level by adding a thin slice of ham, a handful of cheese that’s then melted and toasted. WHOA.

And since everything is 50 x more amazing with an egg on it, I fried one up and laid it atop.

It was a really really good idea.

Chicken Milanesa, Uruguayan Style

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2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs, divided
1 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ground paprika
Vegetable oil
2 slices ham
1/2 cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella

1. Place chicken thighs between two sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap. With a mallet or bottom of a small heavy pan, pound until the chicken is 1/4-inch in thickness. Repeat process with second piece of chicken.

2. Add the all-purpose flour to a plate; set aside. In a bowl, beat together 2 eggs with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. On a plate, toss the breadcrumbs with 1 teaspoon of salt, crushed red pepper flakes and paprika.

3. Heat 1-inch of vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over moderately high heat.

4. Lightly dust both sides of the chicken with flour, being sure to brush off any excess. Immediately dip into the egg mixture, allowing any excess egg to run off. Then transfer the chicken to the breadcrumbs, coating both sides evenly and pressing the bread crumbs into the chicken so they adhere. Repeat process with second piece of chicken.

5. Gently place the chicken in the hot oil, cooking on each side for about 2-3 minutes and until golden brown. Cook the second piece of chicken the same way and transfer both them to a baking sheet.

6. Using the same hot oil, fry up 2 eggs and set aside.

7. Top each piece of chicken with a slice of ham. Place 1/4 cup of shredded cheese atop both pieces and place under a broiler for 1-2 minutes, and until cheese is lightly browned. Gently transfer fried eggs to the top of the chicken and serve immediately.

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  • Reply Pia August 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    How funny! I just arrived to your web, I was looking your recipes and suddenly that one (by the way, I`m uruguayan hehe!).
    Nice you enjoyed it!! And thanks so much for share your delicious recipes! šŸ™‚
    Cheers, Pia

  • Reply Tara August 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I made this tonight. Incredible! My family (6 yr old and hubby) loved it. Thank you for this fabulous recipe!

    • Reply Adrianna August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      YAY! So glad it worked out for you.

  • Reply Kylie @ immaeatthat July 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    haha such a funny post! I’m not a hypochondriac either, except for that one time when I thought I was having a heart attack (I’m 22, it wasn’t a heart attack) and that other time…

    Adding a fried egg to anything is a good idea:) burgers, pizza, savory oats, and now this recipe! Looks fantastic! And that egg looks perfectly cooked.

  • Reply Paula @ Vintage Kitchen July 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Awesome with the egg on top! In Argentina a meat milanesa with a fried egg on top is called `milanesa a caballoĀ“ or milanesa on horseback!
    You should try the uruguayan Chivito: a not too thick beef tenderloin steak, cooked on a skillet with ham and cheese, but you also flip the whole thing over so the cheese hits the skillet and crisps. If you add lettuce, tomato and a fried egg to the whole thing is a `completeĀ“ Chivito.
    Many years ago, a friend of my fatherĀ“s spent two days with hiccups, they had to take him to the hospital.

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake July 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    wow they know how to do it in uruguay! ham and melty cheese and breaded chicken that ish sounds good!

  • Reply sandy July 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

    haha…that was for hiccups btw……

  • Reply sandy July 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I KNOW, I KNOW!! Works for me EVERY time……let a tablespoon of white table sugar dissolve on your tongue…..don’t know why, but it has never failed me.

    • Reply Adrianna July 22, 2012 at 10:41 pm


  • Reply Lynna H. July 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    this looks so so so good. i wanna just dig my face into it.

  • Reply Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen July 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    What a feast.. the next time you google your symptoms, head straight over to Pinterest and the Food Boards.. and add this one:) xx

  • Reply Rachel July 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    This looks incredibly delicious! I wish I had all the ingredients right now so I could make it.

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator July 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    this looks so yummy! I had a friend in high school who literally had hiccups her WHOLE life! Like seriously, one hiccup every hour for her entire life. It was so weird.

  • Reply Suzanne Perazzini July 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Hiccups are quite scary, actually. But I know now to hang off the side of my bed. I also google any slight symptom I have and scare myself to death with what I find. It’s a really bad, bad habit.

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