Chicken schnitzel

Chicken schnitzel

By Food E Fare

Chicken schnitzel is a classic dish that originated in Austria but has become popular worldwide. It consists of a breaded and fried or pan-fried chicken cutlet. The term "schnitzel" refers to a cutlet that is pounded or flattened, coated in breadcrumbs, and then fried until crispy. The breading adds a golden and crunchy exterior to the tender chicken inside. Here's a basic recipe for making chicken schnitzel:


  • Chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Eggs (beaten)
  • Breadcrumbs (seasoned with salt and pepper)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil (vegetable oil or canola oil)


Prepare the Chicken:

  • If the chicken breasts are thick, you can use a meat mallet to pound them to an even thickness (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch). This helps the chicken cook evenly and results in a crispier schnitzel.

Season the Chicken:

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.

Coat in Flour:

  • Dredge the chicken in all-purpose flour, shaking off any excess.

Dip in Egg:

  • Dip the floured chicken into beaten eggs, ensuring it is well-coated.

Coat in Breadcrumbs:

  • Press the egg-coated chicken into seasoned breadcrumbs, making sure the breadcrumbs adhere to the chicken on both sides.

Repeat Breading (Optional):

  • For an extra crispy coating, you can repeat the process by dipping the breadcrumb-coated chicken back into the beaten eggs and breadcrumbs.

Heat Cooking Oil:

  • Heat cooking oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. The oil should be hot but not smoking.

Fry the Chicken Schnitzel:

  • Carefully place the breaded chicken in the hot oil. Fry each side until golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. This usually takes about 3-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chicken.

Drain and Serve:

  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken schnitzel from the oil and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

Serve Hot:

  • Serve the chicken schnitzel hot, garnished with lemon wedges. It is often served with sides like mashed potatoes, a simple salad, or a lemon wedge for added flavor.


Chicken schnitzel is a versatile dish and can be enjoyed on its own or as part of sandwiches, salads, or even with pasta. The crispy and golden exterior, paired with the juicy and tender chicken inside, makes it a popular and satisfying meal.

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