Make your own delicious chicken schnitzel at home in under 30 minutes with this quick and easy recipe. Pair with spaetzle for a culinary German vacation!Jump to Recipe
Chicken Schnitzel is very similar to chicken-fried-chicken in the South. It’s the German version, or at least, that’s what we were going for. When we made some spaetzle, we needed a similar cultured main dish.
Usually, I don’t like a lot of fried foods, but this was delicious! I didn’t feel like it was too greasy, which is my main dislike of fried food. Since we didn’t deep fry the chicken, it still had that golden crust, but without the excess.
Breading the chicken was done similar to other recipes, such as buttermilk fried chicken. Use three bowls, but the middle one is more than just eggs this time.
You want the chicken to be thin for this recipe. There are a few options for that. You can purchase chicken cutlets, which will be a bit thinner. Or you can use a meat tenderizer to flatten the chicken breasts. Or you can fillet a regular chicken breast. We do the latter every time we buy chicken. I don’t like how chicken cooks when it’s too thick. And the store-bought chicken is huge! After a grocery trip, we always trim the fat from the chicken and fillet them in half before freezing in individual serving sizes.
Step by Step
Whisk 2 tbsp of flour and the cornstarch together in one shallow bowl. In a second bowl, whisk the egg white and Dijon mustard. In a third shallow bowl combine the bread crumbs and the remaining 2 tbsp of flour.
Dredge each piece of chicken in each bowl starting with the flour and cornstarch. Shake the excess off and dip in the mustard mixture. Let any extra drip off and coat generously with the bread crumb mixture.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 5-6 minutes per side. The chicken should be golden brown and cooked through.
Remove the chicken from the heat and serve the chicken schnitzel warm with your favorite sides.
I placed the leftover chicken schnitzel in a container in the refrigerator. To reheat, cook it in the toaster oven or oven until warmed through.
Originally Published On: May 18, 2020
- 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 lb chicken breasts (cutlets or filleted)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Whisk 2 tbsp of flour and the cornstarch together in one shallow bowl
- In a second bowl, whisk the egg white and Dijon mustard
- In a third shallow bowl combine the bread crumbs and the remaining 2 tbsp of flour
- Dredge each piece of chicken in each bowl starting with the flour and cornstarch
- Shake the excess off and dip in the mustard mixture. Let any extra drip off and coat generously with the bread crumb mixture
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
- Add the chicken and cook for about 5-6 minutes per side
- The chicken should be golden brown and cooked through
- Remove the chicken from the heat and serve warm with your favorite sides
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
24 thoughts on “Chicken Schnitzel”
That’s all the travelling we are gonna do this year! Culinary trips! And this is a first-class ticket to Germany if you ask me! Nick will absolutely love it!
Yep! I still plan to visit my family this summer, but we are driving so have a lot of control over our environment while traveling. But otherwise, culinary trips are where it’s at!
I am liking the sound of a German vacation but via food haha. My other half loves chicken so he will love this for sure x
It’s the best way to take a vacation right now!
My mom used to make this and I forgot how much I love it! Now I want to try to make it!
It’s pretty easy to make! I hope it tastes just as you remember 🙂
My father-in-law loves this chicken dish. He makes it often for the family. Would be nice to give this recipe a try to surprise him one day.
I’d love to know how this compares to his as well. Everyone cooks differently, so it’s fun to make it your own.
This looks really delicious. I love fried chicken and willing to try any variant. I am part German but never heard of Chicken Schnitzel. My parents always made saurkraut and sausages.
I first had it when we went to a German restaurant here in Houston for my brother-in-law’s birthday last year. It’s so yummy and a great way to eat chicken.
Oh how I miss travelling! The joy of discovering new dishes… Like Schnitzel 🙂 I like that you used chicken instead of pork. Trying this for sure.
Someone else mentioned pork schnitzel to me, too. I never even thought of pork since we all like chicken so much here. But I have some pork in the freezer so I’ll have to try this with pork next time.
This looks so delicious!! I love the flavorful addition of the dijon mustard. Definitely trying this 🙂
The dijon is subtle, but it adds a lot to the chicken!
What an easy recipe to make for dinner when you’re pressed for time! We loved it!
We often need quick meals, too. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Amazing cooking time for something as delicious as this chicken schnitzel. Fantastic dinner options that I can’t wait to make now!
I love quick recipes. Especially during the week, I don’t have time for dinners that take hours.
This is a family favorite of ours. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing, I’m glad your family liked it as much as mine!
Turned out amazing! Your step-by-step instructions are spot on, and it’s a perfect recipe for a classic.
Thanks, Michelle! I’m so happy the step-by-step was helpful for you.
This recipe looks so delicious! I can’t wait to make it for my family!
I hope your family enjoys it!