Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
43 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half)

This fast, no-fuss pan-fried chicken is perfect for the hurried home-cook.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to an even thickness (about 1/2-inch), using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Combine mayonnaise, soy sauce, juice, and chile paste in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken to bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes. Remove chicken from bag; discard the marinade.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Place panko in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken evenly in panko. Add half of chicken to pan; saute 4 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and chicken.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Very good

May 09, 2016
I had to use more oil than called for so I don't know how "light" this was. The chicken was juicy and it had good flavor and a nice crunch to the breading. My chicken was a little on the thick side so I finished it up in the oven after browning on the stove top.

RayRayCooks's Review

January 09, 2014

itsgigi's Review

February 12, 2013
Quick, easy and unbelievably tasty. Got the thumbs up from two very picky guys!!!

SaraStone's Review

April 26, 2012
Amazing! I will definitely make this again!

nicccolettte's Review

October 06, 2011
Wow! It had great flavor and my husband loved it. Definitely a keeper. The only con is the mess of frying and that I had to add more oil. Will make again.

steponme's Review

June 20, 2011
My family liked it, I thought it was just okay if you don't mind the greasy mess of frying. I Had to add more oil and time frying than recipe stated. Served with Coastal Living's-Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts salad.

cook187's Review

June 15, 2011
Yummy!! A healthy fried chicken!

MeganCalPoly's Review

September 24, 2010
Excellent! And very easy to prepare. Chicken came out very moist and juicy. Cook time was a bit longer than called for, and I didn't have a chili paste, so I used a garlic chili sauce. Will definitely be making this again.

tejaksw's Review

September 11, 2010
Absolutely outstanding recipe. Quick and very moist.

Angelica's Review

September 01, 2010
This recipe was delicious! It tastes like a healthy version of some kind of Asian tempura dish. It has the flavor and crunch without the grease.. Loved it and will definitely make it again soon.