Chicken schnitzel next to cheesy spaetzle on a round white plate with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Chicken Schnitzel

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!

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.

Three white bowls with flour in one, egg and dijon mustard in another, and bread crumbs in the last all on a wooden surface

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.

Two breaded chicken breasts in a skillet over a wooden surface

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.

Cooked breaded chicken in a skillet on a wooden surface

Remove the chicken from the heat and serve the chicken schnitzel warm with your favorite sides.

Chicken schnitzel next to cheesy spaetzle on a round white plate with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface

Recipe

Originally Published On: May 18, 2020

Chicken schnitzel next to cheesy spaetzle on a round white plate with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface

Chicken Schnitzel

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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, German
Keyword: chicken, fried
Servings: 4
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Schnitzel
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 329mg14%
Potassium 469mg13%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 34IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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24 thoughts on “Chicken Schnitzel”

  1. Yota Chelf Dortlouke

    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!

    1. 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!

  2. Melanie williams

    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

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. Amazing cooking time for something as delicious as this chicken schnitzel. Fantastic dinner options that I can’t wait to make now!

  6. Turned out amazing! Your step-by-step instructions are spot on, and it’s a perfect recipe for a classic.

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