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30-Minute California Chicken

30-Minute California Chicken

Course Chicken
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Marsha Maxwell


  • OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Angled Measuring Cup,Clear,2 Cup
  • Lodge 13.25 inch Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
  • "Lavatools PT12 Javelin Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Kitchen, Food Cooking, Grill, BBQ, Smoker, Candy, Home Brewing, Coffee, and Oil Deep Frying "
  • Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl Set


  • 3 large chicken breast halves 6 to 8 ounces each
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 oz. Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 large ripe tomato


  • Trim fat and connective tissue from the chicken breast halves.
  • Slice each half horizontally to form two cutlets.
  • Pound the cutlets between two pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper until they are uniformly thin, about 1/4 to 1/3 inch.
  • Season the cutlets with 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and set aside.
  • Mix 1/2 cup all-purpose flour with 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a shallow dish or pie plate. Set aside.
  • Cut the lemon into wedges. Thinly slice the cheese. Dice or thinly slice the tomato. Dice or thinly slice the avocado. Set aside.
  • Preheat a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat for 5 minutes.
    Meanwhile, dredge each chicken cutlet in the seasoned flour.
  • Make sure each piece of chicken is well coated, and shake away the excess.
  • Pour the Corn Oil in the preheated skillet. Add the seasoned, floured chicken breast cutlets.
  • Brown the chicken for about 3 minutes on each side, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Squeeze the juice from 3 lemon wedges over the 6 pieces of chicken.
  • Working quickly, arrange the toppings: first cheese, then avocado, then tomato. Season the toppings lightly with garlic salt and pepper.
  • Place a lid on the skillet, and wait a few minutes for the cheese to melt.
  • Serve California Chicken with additional lemon wedges.