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Chicken Costoletta (The Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

Enjoy one of your favorite restaurant meals at home with this copycat version of The Cheesecake Factory’s Chicken Costoletta. Boneless chicken lightly breaded in a Panko and lemon crust, fried; then topped with a lemony cream sauce.
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Chicken Costoletta {The Cheesecake Factory Copycat} | Enjoy one of your favorite restaurant meals at home with this copycat version of The Cheesecake Factory's Chicken Costoletta. Boneless chicken lightly breaded in a Panko and lemon crust, fried; then topped with a lemony cream sauce.

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We don’t go often to the Cheesecake Factory, usually once or maybe twice a year. But whenever we do, my daughter and I always get the same thing: Chicken Costoletta; which is basically a chicken cutlet with a creamy lemon sauce. I think she’s a lot like me in the sense that we don’t like to have a lot of choices. Give me 3-5 things to choose from and I’ll pick one. Give me 100, I go for the simplest thing I can find.

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If you have never been to their restaurant, their menu is huge with a lot of different varieties of food to choose from. Each time we go, we’ll spend some time looking at the menu and then always wind up getting the same thing we normally do. We always say we’ll split one entree, but like I said, we don’t go often so we forget how big their portion sizes are and always wind up taking the majority of the meal home x 2.

Chicken Costoletta {The Cheesecake Factory Copycat}

So recently I decided to surprise her for dinner one night and make our favorite Cheesecake Factory dish at home. This recipe for Chicken Costoletta was definitely a close second to the original and had all of the same flavors we love. On the healthy scale? Not so much, but I’m a sucker for anything lemon.

Enjoy one of your favorite restaurant meals at home with this copycat version of The Cheesecake Factory's Chicken Costoletta. Boneless chicken lightly breaded in a Panko and lemon crust, fried; then topped with a lemony cream sauce.

The recipe looks a little intimidating with a lot of ingredients, but it really isn’t any more difficult than breading and frying chicken cutlets. Most of the ingredients I already had on hand in my pantry except for the heavy cream. I don’t buy that unless I know specifically what I’m using it for. If you want to lighten this up a bit, I’m sure fat free half and half would work just as well.  ~Enjoy!

4.75 from 4 votes
Chicken Costoletta (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Main Entree
Servings: 4
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
For the Chicken
  • 8 - 2 ounce Chicken Tenderloins
  • 1/2 c . All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 c . Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Lemon zest
  • 1/4 c . Pecorino Romano Cheese grated
  • 1/4 c . Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp . Butter
For the Sauce
  • 1 tbsp . Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp . All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 c . Milk
  • 3/4 c . Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 c . Fat Free Chicken Stock
  • 1 Lemon juice only
  • 1 tbsp . Butter
Instructions
For the Chicken
  1. Using a meat mallet, flatten the tenderloins so that they are even in thickness.
  2. Gather three bowls. In one, place the flour. In the second, add the eggs and whisk them with a fork. In the third, combine the breadcrumbs, lemon zest and cheese.
  3. Coat each piece of chicken first in the flour, then the eggs, and then the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Heat a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat and add the oil and butter. Once melted and hot, add the chicken to the pan and fry on both sides until cooked through; approximately 3-5 minutes per side depending on the thickness. You may need to do this in two batches.
  5. Remove chicken from the pan and drain on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Set aside.
For the Sauce
  1. Melt the oil in a medium saucepan over low-medium heat and add the garlic.
  2. Saute 1-2 minutes then whisk in the flour.
  3. Whisk in the milk, heavy cream, chicken stock and lemon juice and bring to a boil over medium-high heat until the sauce has thickened; approximately 3-5 minutes.
  4. Next, stir in the butter and pour desired amount of sauce over the chicken.
Recipe Notes

Calories 503, Carbs 25.9g, Fat 33.7g, Protein 26.3g, Fiber 2.2g, Sugar 1.8g
*Calculations based on ingredients entered into Calorie Count and may not be 100% accurate.

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14 Comments

  1. M.J. Vee
    February 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Carrie: This looks wonderful. I have been to the Cheesecake factory and have never tried it. I will try yours soon. Thanks for sharing! M..J.

    • Carrie Farias
      February 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      HI MJ thank you so much! It’s so simple which is why we love it. Enjoy!

  2. Layla
    January 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Dear Carrie,

    My boyfriend is such a big fan of this dish. He ordered the chicken costoletta his first time at the CheeseCake Factory and has never ordered anything new since. I hope he enjoys the homemade one as much as the cheesecake factory dish. Lol!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I am grateful (:

    • carrieexpktchn@optonline.net
      January 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Layla,
      My oldest daughter and I always get this dish as well. The portion is large enough for the both of us, but we each get our own so we have leftovers. This is a pretty good copycat to the original and we loved it. I hope your boyfriend does as well! 🙂

  3. Leigh
    February 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Hi Carrie,
    Is there enough sauce to serve this over pasta or should I double the sauce part of the recipe?
    Thanks!
    Leigh

  4. Salena
    April 12, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    YUMMY!!!! This was delicious!!! I made it today and it tasted just as good if not better than Cheesecake Factory’s! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • carrieexpktchn@optonline.net
      April 13, 2015 at 6:17 am - Reply

      Thank you for stopping back to let me know Salena, I really appreciate it and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. We loved it too!

  5. Holly
    March 20, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    OMG!!! I just made this tonight for Sunday dinner and it was AMAZING!! Thank you Carrie! This is my favorite meal at Cheesecake Factory and now I can make it at home 🙂

  6. Sandy
    July 12, 2016 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    We LOVE this dish @ Cheesecake Factory. At the last min I tried your recipe for the sauce….OMG, its amazing!! To us it is a perfect match for the real thing, color, consistency and TASTE! Super easy to make. Trying the entire recipe tonight for his birthday, at his request! Ty soo much!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      July 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      You’re very welcome Sandy! We love it too and thought it was a close 2nd to the real thing. Happy Birthday and I hope he enjoys the meal!

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