Seared Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Pan Sauce Recipe

Seared Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Pan Sauce Recipe
Allison Beck

When you only have 20 minutes to spare and three hungry mouths to feed, more often than not a parent will pull something not-so-nutritious out of the freezer — or opt for takeout. But it doesn't have to take tons of time or money to serve your family a nutritious and delicious dinner. 

Inspired by a dish I had in Austria, where tender veal cutlets were seared and then doused in a rich, berry pan sauce, this healthy dinner takes only minutes to prepare and is full of delightful flavors that won't have you reaching into the freezer for ice cream later.

In an effort to save money, I've opted for chicken cutlets here. But if you're willing to lay down some extra bucks, opt for thin paillards of veal, and then add an extra oomph of flavor to the sauce with a tablespoon of dark berry jam, balsamic vinegar, and a couple of tablespoons of dark dried fruits. Oh, and you'll need a lovely loaf of pain de campagne to mop up all the juices, believe me.

Total cost: $9.26

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Fill a saucepan with water until it comes up just under a steamer basket. Add the broccoli and top with the lid. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for about 5 minutes, or until a knife cuts through stems smoothly.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan. Season cutlets on both sides with salt and cook over medium-high heat, until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and add the frozen berries. Bring the fruit to a boil and stir well to mash the fruit. Reduce until thickened.

Plate the chicken and broccoli and top with the fruit sauce. Serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

708 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 32g 49%
  • Carbs 63g 21%
  • Saturated 7g 33%
  • Fiber 19g 75%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 29g
  • Monounsaturated 16g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 54g 108%
  • Cholesterol 109mg 36%
  • Sodium 626mg 26%
  • Calcium 323mg 32%
  • Magnesium 186mg 46%
  • Potassium 2,610mg 75%
  • Iron 6mg 35%
  • Zinc 4mg 26%
  • Phosphorus 727mg 104%
  • Vitamin A 234µg 26%
  • Vitamin C 552mg 920%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 38%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 53%
  • Niacin (B3) 21mg 105%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 102%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 396µg 99%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 10%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 36%
  • Vitamin K 629µg 786%
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