How To Make Chicken Schnitzel Chef Jean-Pierre

Delicious Chicken Schnitzel Recipe - A Deliciously Crispy Family Favorite!

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Hello friends! Today I want to share with you one of my favorite Austrian dishes. My version of a Chicken Schnitzel Recipe. Typically made using Veal, but Chicken works as well.
Easy to make, Chicken Schnitzel is delicious. I have also included two Austrian sides that are perfect with them! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 2 Servings

Recipe Video

Recipe Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1 Large (12 to 14 ounces / 340/397 grams) or two smaller (6 to 8 ounces / 170 to 227 grams) Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup of Seasoned Flour (Salt and Pepper)
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 Lemon Zest
  • 1 to 2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 to 3 cups Clarified Butter or any good cooking oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Potato Salad:

  • 2 to 3 Potatoes, medium sized
  • 1 Red Onion, cut in strips
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Olive Oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Sherry Vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Warm Chicken Stock
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Cucumber Salad:

  • 1 large Cucumber, partially peeled and sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Dill, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Recipe Instructions

Prepare the Chicken:

  • Butterfly the Chicken, Start with a thick chicken breast. Cut towards the straight side of the chicken breast, to open it like a book. This helps avoid large holes in the chicken when you butterfly it.
  • Pound the Chicken, Lay some plastic film on your wet cutting board.  Place the chicken on a wet cutting board (for grip). Using a meat mallet, gently pound the thicker parts of the chicken to ensure even cooking. Avoid using the rough side of the mallet to prevent tearing the meat.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Dredge the chicken in the seasoned flour, ensuring all parts are covered. Then dip it in the beaten eggs mixed with lemon zest. Lastly, coat the chicken with the panko breadcrumbs. Make sure each layer adheres well to the chicken to avoid breadcrumbs falling off during frying.
  • Heat the Clarified Butter to 330 Degrees Fahrenheit. Gently place the chicken into the hot butter and fry it until golden brown. Turn the heat down after flipping the chicken to ensure even cooking. Once cooked, remove the schnitzel and place it on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

Prepare the Potato Salad:

  • Boil the potatoes in salted water with their skin on. Once cooked, remove them from the boiling water and place them in cold water. 
  • After the potatoes have cooled down enough to handle, peel them and cut them into pieces.
  • In a separate bowl, make a dressing by combining Dijon mustard, sherry vinegar, warm chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  • Toss the potatoes with the red onion and the dressing. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Prepare the Cucumber Salad:

  • In a bowl, combine sour cream, dill, white balsamic vinegar, and sugar. Stir until well combined.
  • Add in the sliced cucumber and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the Chicken:

  • Serve the schnitzel on a plate, accompanied by the warm potato salad and the cucumber salad. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Enjoy your homemade Chicken Schnitzel!

Frequently Asked Questions About Chicken Schnitzel

1. Can Chicken Schnitzel be prepared in advance?

Yes, you can prepare Chicken Schnitzel in advance. You can bread the chicken breasts and keep them in the refrigerator for up to a day before you plan to fry them. This allows for the breading to set and adhere better to the chicken when frying.


2. Can you freeze Chicken Schnitzel?

Yes, you can freeze Chicken Schnitzel. After frying the schnitzels, allow them to cool completely. Place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. When ready to eat, thaw them in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven to restore crispness.


3. How to best store leftover Chicken Schnitzel?

Leftover Chicken Schnitzel should be cooled at room temperature before being stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be stored for up to 3-4 days. For longer storage, consider freezing.

4. What is the best way to reheat leftover Chicken Schnitzel?

To reheat leftover Chicken Schnitzel, follow these steps:

Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Place the schnitzel on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, cover loosely with foil, and heat in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

Optionally, remove the foil and broil the schnitzel for 1-2 minutes for extra crispiness.

Once heated through, remove from the oven and serve immediately with your desired accompaniments.

Reheating in the oven helps maintain the crispy texture of the schnitzel. You can also reheat it on the stovetop in a preheated skillet if desired, flipping occasionally until warmed through. Enjoy your reheated Chicken Schnitzel!


5. What side dishes pair well with Chicken Schnitzel?

Chicken Schnitzel pairs well with a variety of side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, sautéed greens, or a fresh salad. It is also commonly served with a side of lemon wedges for squeezing over the schnitzel.


6. What beverages pair well with Chicken Schnitzel?

Chicken Schnitzel pairs well with a range of beverages. Some popular options include white wines like Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, light and crisp beers, such as pilsners or lagers, or refreshing non-alcoholic options like sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or iced tea.


7. Is Chicken Schnitzel healthy?

Like many dishes, the healthiness of Chicken Schnitzel depends on the preparation. It is a good source of protein, but as it is typically fried, it can be high in fat. For a healthier version, try baking or air frying.


8. Can I use a different type of meat for schnitzel?

Yes, you can use different types of meat for schnitzel. While Chicken Schnitzel is the most common variation, you can also make schnitzel using veal (known as Wiener Schnitzel), pork, or even turkey. The preparation process remains the same; simply adjust the cooking time according to the thickness of the meat.


9. Can Chicken Schnitzel be baked instead of fried?

Yes, for a lighter version, you can bake Chicken Schnitzel. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C), place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet, and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until it’s golden brown and cooked through.


10. Can I use regular bread crumbs instead of Panko?

Yes, you can use regular bread crumbs, but Panko bread crumbs give Chicken Schnitzel a lighter, crispier texture.


11. What are some variations of Chicken Schnitzel?

While the classic Chicken Schnitzel is breaded and fried, you can experiment with different coatings and flavors. Some variations include using different types of breadcrumbs (such as panko or seasoned breadcrumbs), adding herbs or spices to the breadcrumb mixture, or incorporating grated Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.


12. What sauces can be served with Chicken Schnitzel?

Chicken Schnitzel is often served with a side of tangy and creamy sauces. Some popular options include lemon dill sauce, mushroom sauce, garlic aioli, or a classic gravy. These sauces complement the crispy texture of the schnitzel and add an extra layer of flavor.


13. Can Chicken Schnitzel be baked instead of fried?

While traditional Chicken Schnitzel is fried, you can bake it for a healthier alternative. Preheat your oven, place the breaded schnitzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake them at a high temperature until they are golden and cooked through. However, the texture may differ slightly from the traditional fried version.


14. Can I make Chicken Schnitzel without eggs?

Yes, you can make Chicken Schnitzel without eggs. Instead of dipping the chicken breasts in beaten eggs, you can use other binding agents such as buttermilk, yogurt, or a mixture of flour and water to help the breadcrumbs adhere to the chicken.

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