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Air Fryer Turkey Cutlets

Easily achieve crispy, flavorful turkey breast schnitzel (turkey cutlets) in your air fryer. By paying attention to a few simple tricks, you can get results as good as traditional deep-frying.

Key Ingredient: Fat

In cooking, fat is essential—it carries flavors and allows for higher cooking temperatures, yielding different results. For a truly outstanding turkey schnitzel, you must add fat to the turkey breast before breading, since the air fryer uses air instead of oil as the cooking medium.

Choose Your Fat

You have the freedom to choose any type of fat—olive oil, goose fat, duck fat, or even bacon grease. Each one adds a unique flavor to your dish. This method not only enhances taste but also offers a healthier alternative to common cooking oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids.

Slicing and Tenderizing Turkey Breast

The secret to a perfect schnitzel is the right slice thickness and proper tenderizing. This process ensures the meat cooks evenly and stays tender.

  • Slice the turkey breast into 1-1.5 cm (about half an inch) thick pieces.
  • Tenderize to about 6-8 mm in thickness (1/4 inch), using a few layers of plastic wrap to keep the meat intact
Slicing turkey breast
Tenderizing turkey breast

Seasoning and Breading

  • Coat the turkey slices lightly with your chosen fat and season well with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Bread by first dipping in flour, then beaten egg, and finally breadcrumbs. Shake off excess at each step to avoid a thick coating.

The prepared slices can then be coated with fat or oil, seasoned, and breaded for air frying.

Breaded turkey breast

Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer.
  • Cook the breaded turkey slices at 355 F (180 C) for 15 minutes, turning them once halfway through, and once again 1-2 minutes before cooking time is over. This ensures an even, crispy finish.

Note: Air fryer breaded dishes like schnitzel will appear lighter in color than their deep-fried counterparts but will still be delicious and crispy.

Turkey schnitzel in air fryer
Air fryer turkey cutlets

Air Fryer Turkey Cutlets

Crispy air fryer turkey breast schnitzel
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • Prepare as you would for traditional breading. Place flour, beaten egg, and breadcrumbs in separate plates or bowls. Season the egg with salt and pepper.
    Air fryer chicken cutlet breading preparation
  • Slice the turkey breast into approximately 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) slices, and carefully tenderize under a few layers of plastic wrap. Lightly coat the meat slices with fat or oil, then season them with salt and ground pepper.
    Slicing turkey breast
  • Bread the turkey breast slices. Coat each slice first in flour, then in egg, and finally in breadcrumbs.
    It's advisable to shake off and let drip after each breading phase—flour, egg, breadcrumbs as it's not good if the coating is too thick.
  • Preheat the air fryer. Cook the breaded turkey breast slices at 355 F (180 C) for a total of 15 minutes, turning once after the first 6-7 minutes, and again after another 6-7 minutes.
    Turkey schnitzel in air fryer
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