Chicken Schnitzel – A Crispy & Juicy Chicken Recipe

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There are a few things quite as satisfying as a Chicken Schnitzel.

Golden-brown and crispy on the outside and juicy chicken on the inside. And it’s especially delicious if you serve it with a simple side dish like Oma’s German cucumber salad (Gurkensalat).

Freshly cooked Chicken Schnitzel

Making Chicken Schnitzel is simple. And it just requires five simple ingredients to make this German classic.

What is Schnitzel Anyway?

Schnitzel is one of the quintessential foods we associate with German
(and Austrian) cooking. Most often you’ll find hear about two types of schnitzel:

  • Schweineschnitzel – made with pork.
  • Wiener (Viennese) Schnitzel – made with veal.

The term ‘Schnitzel’ refers to thin, tenderized pieces of boneless meat that are breaded and fried.

For this recipe, we’re using chicken instead of veal or pork. But the process of making chicken, pork, or veal Schnitzel is always the same.

What Do You Need To Make Chicken Schnitzel

Ingredients needed to make Chicken Schnitzel

How To Make Chicken Schnitzel

Making this Schnitzel recipe is simple.

Preparing the Chicken

  1. Slice each chicken cutlet in half.
  2. Cover the chicken cutlets with a piece of plastic wrap and use a meat tenderizer (or a rolling pin) to pound the sliced cutlets into thin slices.
    This part is fun! Especially if you had a somewhat frustrating day. 😉
  3. Remove the plastic and season the cutlets with salt and pepper.
Left: Setting the out the chicken for pounding - Right Step: Season pounded chicken cutlets

Making the Breading

  1. Set out three shallow bowls.
  2. Put flour in the first bowl.
  3. Crack 3 eggs into the second bowl and whisk them with a dash of oil.
  4. Blend breadcrumbs into a small food processor until they are very fine and pour them into the third shallow bowl.

Preparing the Chicken

  1. Cover the chicken seasoned chicken cutlets with flour.
Step Left: Preparing the egg wash + Step Right: Chicken coated in flour
  1. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture.
  2. Transfer the egg-washed cutlets into the third bowl and coat with the breadcrumbs.
Step Left: Chicken dipped into the egg wash - Step Right: Chicken coated with finely chopped breadcrumbs

Cooking The Chicken

Steps showing how to sauté the chicken schnitzel
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the chicken breast over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side. Cook the chicken until golden brown on both sides.

How to pronounce Schnitzel?

As you know, I am a native German speaker but not a qualified teacher. 😉 But this is how I’d break down ‘Schnitzel’. ‘Sch-nit-sell’

Pretty simple, right? And while we’re talking about German food. German Potato Salad (aka ‘Kartoffelsalat’) is another delicious side dish alternative for serving Schnitzel.

Cutting into the chicken schnitzel.

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More Tips

Breadcrumbs. Unless you’re in a rush, don’t skip blending the breadcrumbs a food processor. It will almost pulverize the breadcrumbs and give your breading that little bit of extra oompf.


My grandmother used a contraption like this and made all of her breadcrumbs from scratch with dried rolls (Brötchen). After feeding the (chopped) rolls through the ‘machine’, she’d put them through a sifter to make sure to have only superfine bread crumbs.

You could use panko breadcrumbs but I prefer plain unseasoned breadcrumbs.

Cooking Time. The chicken will cook pretty fast because the individual cutlets are thin. However, the cooking time will vary slightly depending on how thinly you’ve pounded the chicken.

What To Serve With Schnitzel

You’ll often find Schnitzel served with a few slices of lemon wedges. If you want to go the most basic form of serving schnitzel, simply squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the meat and enjoy.

And Schnitzel pairs really well with lots of side dishes. Here are some suggestions you might like:

Cutting into the chicken schnitzel.

Chicken Schnitzel

This spin on a classic German schnitzel produces a delicious golden-brown crust on the outside and a juicy chicken on the inside.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: German recipes
AUTHOR: Maike
SERVINGS: 8 cutlets
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • ½ cup oil vegetable or avocado oil work well

Instructions

Chicken Prep

  • Slice each chicken breast in half.
  • Lay the pieces chicken breast flat onto a cutting board. Lightly cover the chicken with plastic wrap.
  • Use a meat tenderizer (or rolling pin) to pound the chicken until flat. Season with salt and pepper (optional).

The Breading

  • Prepare three medium-size shallow bowls. Add the flour into the first bowl.
  • Add 3 eggs into the another bowl. Use a fork to combine the eggs.
  • The third bowl is for the bread crumbs. If you have very coarse bread crumbs blend them for a few seconds in a small food processor.
  • Take the chicken cutlet and dip it into the flour, flip around and coat the other side.
  • Transfer the floured chicken into the bowl with the eggs. Cover the cutlets with the egg wash. Move the egg-washed chicken cutlets into the bowl of bread crumbs and coat well.

Cooking the Chicken

  • Heat the oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the first chicken cutlet and sauté for 3-4 minutes until you see golden-brown crust.
  • Flip the chicken cutlet over and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Transfer the fried chicken schnitzel from the skillet onto a plate. Repeat the process with all chicken cutlets. Add more oil as needed.
  • TIP – Use your oven's warming function to keep the cutlets warm while you're still cooking the remaining cutlets.

Video

Notes

SEASONING: The amount of salt and pepper for seasoning the chicken cutlets depends on your preference. I typically will use cracked salt and pepper and calculate half a turn per side. Base the amount on your own preferences and dietary restrictions. 
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Nutritional data has been adjusted to account for leftover flour, breadcrumbs, and eggs, and oil. 
COOKING TIME: This will depend on how thinly you have pounded the chicken. If your chicken is very thin, it will cook faster. If the chicken cutlets are thicker, add addtional cooking time. Always make sure chicken is fully cooked. 

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
Easy, 5 ingredient Chicken Schnitzel Recipe
Updated: May 20, 2020

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