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 64g 98%
  • Carbs 126g 42%
  • Saturated 13g 67%
  • Fiber 38g 150%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 57g
  • Monounsaturated 33g
  • Polyunsaturated 10g
  • Protein 108g 216%
  • Cholesterol 218mg 73%
  • Sodium 1,252mg 52%
  • Calcium 646mg 65%
  • Magnesium 372mg 93%
  • Potassium 5,221mg 149%
  • Iron 13mg 70%
  • Zinc 8mg 53%
  • Phosphorus 1,454mg 208%
  • Vitamin A 467µg 52%
  • Vitamin C 1,105mg 1,841%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 77%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 106%
  • Niacin (B3) 42mg 210%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 203%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 791µg 198%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 19%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 72%
  • Vitamin K 1,258µg 1,572%
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