Tasty Thursday: Chicken Schnitzel

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It’s Thursday so time for something tasty!

I made this for dinner a few days ago, and it was delicious, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Disclaimer: I followed a recipe last year for chicken schnitzel and since then, I’ve forgotten where the recipe is, so the measurements are completely based on my own estimate. The beauty of cooking is, it doesn’t have to be that precise, unlike baking. (Don’t quote me on that though, haha!)

Chicken Schnitzel
Yummy crispy chicken schnitzel recipe
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  1. 2 good sized chicken breasts, skin off
  2. 1 cup plain flour
  3. 1 egg, beaten
  4. 1 cup dry fine bread crumbs (I made the breadcrumbs by toasting 4 slices of wholemeal bread, then dumping them into the food processor)
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Chicken seasoning to taste
  7. 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  1. Clean the chicken breasts, clean off all the fat and icky bits
  2. Pound the chicken breasts flat with a meat mallet. Be gentle, you don't want to tear holes in the chicken.
  3. When it's sufficiently flat (I like mine at about an inch and a half thick), season the breasts with salt, pepper and chicken seasoning. Massage the seasoning in well.
  4. Dip the chicken breasts into the flour, make sure it's evenly coated and shake off excess flour.
  5. Dunk the floured breasts into the beaten egg.
  6. Now that the breasts are a gooey mess, coat them with the breadcrumbs generously. Make sure every bit of the chicken is coated.
  7. Cover the breadcrumbed chicken with cling film and pop it into the fridge for about an hour or two.
  8. When you're ready to cook them, heat the olive oil in a grill pan.
  9. When oil is hot, carefully pop the chicken breasts into the pan.
  10. Turn it over when the bottom is slightly golden brown. Cook the other side until it is golden brown.
  11. Remove from heat, soak up excess oil with a paper towel. Just dab gently.
  12. Serve with a yummy side salad! (Salad shown above was a simple lettuce, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, all tossed lightly with some extra virgin olive oil)
  1. The chicken above looks slightly charred in some parts as I threw in a tablespoon of butter as an experiment in the final minute of cooking. The char is the burnt butter. It didn't really add to the flavor so you don't have to do it! Some people also prefer to deep fry schnitzel, but it's far too fattening for me, so I use a grill pan. That is up to you.)
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There you have it, chicken schnitzel! It does taste better than it looks. Trust me.

Do you like chicken schnitzel? 

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  • September 8, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I make something similar to this, but I also mix parm cheese with the breadcrumbs and then I bake it. Yum!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      Oooh, that is a brilliant idea! I believe the husband may have suggested this before. Thanks!

  • September 8, 2011 Christi

    I think it’s funny that you mention being careful not to tear holes in the chicken. We made chicken last night and my 11 year old wanted to tenderize it. By the time we ate it, it crumbled apart, kind of like fish!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      When the meat is thick and you’re pounding it, it’s so easy to forget it can actually tear easily!

  • September 8, 2011 anna ~ random handprints

    i love chicken schnitzel – always get it from the same israeli place in manhattan. never thought to make my own, gotta try it!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      Oh it’s so easy to make!

  • September 8, 2011 Charlotte

    You know, I have been a veggie for 14 years now and there are still foods that make me drool… like my mom’s schnitzel (she’s also German and I was spoiled with it growing up). This recipe looks awesome… I wonder if I could make it with portabello mushrooms or something?

    Ehhh, who am I kidding? Def NOT the same!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, no, not quite the same. But if you breadcrumb something and pan fry it, it’d still be yummy! Have you tried avocado fries?

  • September 8, 2011 Galit Breen

    I grew up on deliciousness like this! Love it lady!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Galit! Though this doesn’t fit into your healthy eating lifestyle now 🙂

  • September 8, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —Looks Yummy, Mama. I think I shall make some of that for myself 🙂

    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      I think you absolutely should!

  • September 8, 2011 Kimberly

    I have not tried this but it sounds easy and looks tasty so I may have to give it a whirl.

    PS – that salad looks delicious!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      It is super easy! Prep time is only 15 minutes, cooking time is less than that! Do try it. And the salad was fresh and yummy, yes.

  • September 8, 2011 Kiddothings

    YUM! My kids…actually everyone in my family would love anything fried!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      It’s so very easy too!

  • September 8, 2011 Elena

    Yum! I love anything schnitzel!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      It’s hard to go wrong with breadcrumbing something and frying it, right? 🙂

  • September 8, 2011 Jessica

    Sounds great and I am so jealous you can estimate your own ingredients. If I don’t follow the recipe my meals are inedible.
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      I did follow the original recipe, but because I’ve made this so many times, I sorta make it up as I go along now. Also, with coating something, you don’t need to be precise, as long as it’s enough to cover the meat, you’re golden!

  • September 8, 2011 liz

    The schnitzel looks good! I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever eaten it. But the green salad? I would be happy with even that. I’m soooo lazy when it comes to slicing and dicing to make a green salad, but I love to eat them.
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      Oh you have to try it some day! It’s crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. I love salads too! Cutting it up is a pain though, I agree. I want a machine that does it for me! (I believe there is such a thing)

  • September 8, 2011 Natalie

    Wow I’ve never thought of chicken this way…always pork. This is something I need to try!
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      We are big chicken consumers as we don’t eat pork 🙂

  • September 8, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Ha, Alison, I think it looks good! So does the salad! I love that this is your own recipe “icky bits”, that’s how I’d describe it too 🙂
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jen! And I tried writing something else for icky bits, but couldn’t come up with something better!

  • September 8, 2011 Theresa

    SO lovely for you to cook for me again. I will go wait outside for my food to arrive…
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      I think the pigeon stole the chicken. (how odd does that sound?)

  • September 9, 2011 Ann

    Alison this looks delicious! I LOVE schnitzel, but don’t make it often…I like that you used only 4T of oil. This is one of those dishes where you HAVE to have some oil….but it’s worth it! A VERY tasty Thursday!
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Ann! 4T is just an estimate, but the idea is to use less oil, just enough to cook it through!

  • September 9, 2011 The Mommy Therapy

    I have never tried chicken schnitzel, but this sort of makes me want to give it a go.

    I rarely give specific measurements for my recipes…that’s why they are recipe-ish recipes and I push for lots of creative license.
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      Yes, I allow myself some license with recipes. The trick is to taste, taste, taste! Do give this recipe a whirl!

  • September 9, 2011 Barbara

    I love schnitzel! It is a big hit with the men in my household!
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      My husband asks for this all the time!

  • September 9, 2011 Kelley

    That looks fairly easy! I would love to try it. Thanks for the recipe!
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      It is very easy. Do give it a go, and you’re welcome!

  • September 9, 2011 Jessica

    I’m pretty sure I could make this. I did something very similar with eggplant last night which turned out edible.
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      This is so easy, especially with my awesome instructions 🙂

  • September 9, 2011 Robin

    That looks delish! I’ll add it to my list. I’m in need of inspiration.
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    • September 9, 2011 Alison

      It is pretty good! Do try it, it’s one of the easiest recipes I have.

  • September 9, 2011 Bruna

    You are a cooking and baking Mama! Your baked treats and meals look absolutely delish and I envy your creativity. Wanna give me cooking lessons?
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    • September 10, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Bruna! I would be a terrible teacher 🙂

  • September 9, 2011 Mama, Hear Me Roar

    Looks like a great recipe! I like that it has simple ingredients and is easy to follow. And it looks quite yummy too, actually.
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    • September 10, 2011 Alison

      I don’t make anything that is not easy 😉

  • September 9, 2011 JamieAnne

    Looks great! I’m going to give your recipe a try!
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    • September 10, 2011 Alison

      Oh, do, let me know how it turns out!

  • September 10, 2011 Nicole Feliciano

    This looks like something my family would love. I’m always in the hunt for chicken recipes that can be prepared quickly. I’d love for you to share this over at the Momtrends Friday Food linky here:

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    • September 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Nicole, I have linked up!

  • September 10, 2011 gigi

    Your food photography is fantastic!
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    • September 10, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Gigi!

  • September 11, 2011 Jen Has A Pen

    “Icky bits”. I will use that at least twice today. 😉 These look similar to the chicken cutlets George grew up on. His mom makes them for us every time we visit. I’m going to win some brownie points with my man and make this TODAY. 🙂
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    • September 12, 2011 Alison

      Did you? Make this??

  • September 12, 2011 Leighann

    WOW, that salad looks so fresh!!
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    • September 12, 2011 Alison

      It was!

  • September 12, 2011 Alison

    It was totally delicious! Yes, I switched to WP 2 months ago 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Julie

    Schnitzel is such a fun word to say. Sounds much better than breaded chicken cutlet, which is what we call that around here!
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    • September 12, 2011 Alison

      It does sound more sophisticated doesn’t it?

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