Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel is actually very easy to make. First of all, I want to apologise for this awful blog post. It was written in 2008 and it's now 2020!

I can not quite believe the drivel I used to write in those days. So, I'm now about to update this with a recipe card and proper pictures. Please bear with me if you are unfortunate to have found this recipe before I update it!

You will need:
Vegetable Oil (for frying)
2 Chicken Breast Fillets
2 Slices of bread (leave the crusts on) whizzed up to make breadcrumbs
2 Teaspoons of Smoked Paprika
1 Egg (lightly beaten)
A handful of flour
Salt and Pepper to season

How to do it:
First of all, get organised! Get yourself a plate and with the just the flour on it.

A shallow plate and put the beaten egg into it and a big plate for the breadcrumbs.

Also, a large frying pan at the ready. Place each chicken breast between cling film and bash with something 'bashable' like the side of one of those meat tenderiser things, or whatever they're called in my picture below.

It's the only thing I've ever used mine for - bashing chicken in times like this when you need to make it thin!

Now whizz the bread in a (the word has gone from my brain) - whizzy machine??! to make the breadcrumbs - don't make them too fine - bigger bits in the crumbs are good. They all add to making it more crunchy and nicer to look at in my opinion.

If you don't have a machine to do this for you, you can just tear the bread by hand as it doesn't matter about the crumbs being small. 

You really would be better using bread you'd left out of the bag or bread bin for a while for this, so it drys up a bit before you try tearing it - or you'll just have doughy bits of bread and not crumbs!

Add a little salt and some pepper to season and add the smoked paprika and give the crumbs a good mix with your hands.

You could use anything you fancy if you don't like or have Smoked Paprika, for example, nothing but the breadcrumbs or add some dried herbs, or a little mustard powder, or finely grated lemon rind and use lemon pepper (available from most from supermarkets) just parsley or whatever you want to.

Now you can either cut your bashed fillets in half or strips or leave them as they are so you just have the two to cope with which is what I did.

Dip each piece of chicken into the flour (pressing down a bit to make sure it's covered all over) and then dip into the egg and finally into the breadcrumbs. the trick is to keep washing your hands in between or you will end up with messy looking bits of chicken and your hands will be covered in egg and flour!

Heat some oil in a large frying pan and carefully place the chicken in. Cook for a few minutes each side (hard to say how long as it will depend on how thick your chicken ended up). Just make sure each piece is cooked through with no pink bits at all!

Now, as I had some in the fridge and we love cheese! I placed a couple of slices of Monterrey Jack Cheese on top of each piece of chicken and let it start to melt. 


  1. You can't beat a nice perfectly golden schnitzel every now and then!

  2. Yummy, Jan! I love schnitzel, chicken or pork. Yours look lovely! Much love, Raquel XO

  3. Wow, your schnitzel turned out great!!

  4. I love schnitzel. Yours looks delicious

  5. That schnitzel looks nice and golden brown and good!

  6. Definitley one of my favourite ways with chicken or turkey:D

  7. Yum, yum, good! I really like the look of these, will definitely be giving these a whirl.

  8. Haven't had a decent schnitzel in ages. Guess it makes sense to just DIY now that I have a great recipe. I'm going to wait for a particularly bad day so I can vent with all that bashing :) Thanks!

  9. Those look really good jan! I love that you threw caution to the wind and melted cheese on top of them!

  10. Oh my gosh, that schnitzel looks great! I've only ordered schnitzel (I think it was pork), and yours looks every bit as delicious! That crust looks perfect. I bet it was fantastic with your lemon potatoes and ratatouille. I got a kick out of your whizzy machine name for the food processor! YUM!


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