If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for delicious and easy-to-make recipes that satisfy your cravings. That’s why I’m excited to share my recipe for Crispy Chicken Schnitzel with you.
This dish is a staple in many European households, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a classic comfort food that’s perfect for any occasion, from a quick weeknight meal to a festive gathering with friends and family.
One of the things I love most about this recipe is how simple it is to put together. With just a few ingredients and some basic cooking techniques, you can have a restaurant-quality dish ready in no time.
In this article, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make the perfect crispy chicken schnitzel. From the ingredient list to step-by-step instructions, I’ve got you covered. And if you’re feeling creative, I’ll also give you some tips on substitutions and variations to make this dish your own.
So, without further ado, let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you tired of the same old boring chicken dinners? Look no further! My crispy chicken schnitzel recipe is just what you need to spice up your menu.
First of all, who doesn’t love crispy chicken? With this recipe, you will achieve the perfect crunch every time. But it’s not just about the texture – the flavors in this dish are outstanding. The Parmesan cheese and Miracle Whip marinade add a tangy and savory kick that will leave your taste buds begging for more.
But what really sets this recipe apart from other chicken dishes is its versatility. You can serve it up as a main course with creamy mushroom sauce or slice it up and use it in a sandwich for lunch. It also pairs well with a variety of sides, from roasted vegetables to mashed potatoes. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try swapping out the chicken for pork, beef or even fish for a unique twist on this classic dish.
Finally, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you can make restaurant-quality crispy sesame chicken right in your own kitchen. No need to go out to eat when you can make food this delicious at home. Plus, it’s a great one to get the kids involved in – they’ll have fun breading the chicken and watching it turn into golden brown perfection before their eyes.
So whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or want to impress your dinner guests, my crispy chicken schnitzel recipe is sure to please. Bon appétit!
Before we delve into the cooking process of this exceptionally delicious crispy chicken schnitzel recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients list. To make four servings, you’ll need:
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup of Miracle Whip
- 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 large beaten eggs
- 2 cups of bread crumbs (preferably panko)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Note that the meat must be boneless and skinless, and try to get large chicken breasts that you can cut into equally sized portions. When it comes to bread crumbs, panko is the best for making schnitzel as it gives a nicer crunch and holds up better compared to regular bread crumbs. Be sure also to use freshly grated parmesan cheese for a more potent flavor.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it is time for the exciting part, making our Crispy Chicken Schnitzel. Follow the step-by-step instructions below and you will have a delicious meal in no time.
Step 1: Prepare the Chicken Cutlets
-Place the 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts in between two plastic wrap sheets on a cutting board.
-Gently pound the chicken with a mallet until it is about ¼ inch thick.
Step 2: Set up the Breading Station
-On a large plate, mix together 1 cup of flour with 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper.
-In a shallow dish, whisk together 2 large eggs with 1 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons of Miracle Whip.
-Place 1 cup of breadcrumbs, preferably Panko, into another shallow bowl.
Step 3: Coat the Chicken Cutlets
-Dredge each chicken cutlet in flour mixture then dip into egg mixture, coating well.
-Roll each cutlet in breadcrumb mixture until fully coated.
-Transfer coated cutlets onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Step 4: Cook the Schnitzel
-Heat about ½ inch of vegetable oil or canola oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
-Once hot, gently place one piece of chicken schnitzel at a time into the hot oil.
-Fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side until the coating is crispy and golden brown.
-Once cooked, transfer schnitzels onto paper towels to drain any excess oil.
Congratulations! You have made an outstanding dish – crispy chicken schnitzels! Serve them with your favorite sides and sauces such as creamy mushroom sauce or coleslaw. Enjoy your meal!
Substitutions and Variations
This recipe for crispy chicken schnitzel is delicious as it is, but here are some substitutions and variations you can try to switch things up!
Instead of Miracle Whip or mayonnaise, you can use Greek yogurt or sour cream for a tangier flavor. If you don’t have parmesan cheese, you can substitute it with any other hard cheese like pecorino romano, asiago or even cheddar.
If you want to try a different kind of schnitzel, you can substitute the chicken with pork, beef or veal. Although chicken schnitzel is most common in Israel and Austria, pork schnitzel is very popular in Germany and veal schnitzel is an Italian specialty. Each type of meat will give the dish its own unique flavor.
You can also play around with the breading mix to get different textures and flavors. Try adding different spices like paprika, cumin or garlic powder to the flour mixture for extra flavor. Or instead of panko breadcrumbs, try using regular breadcrumbs or even crushed-up cornflakes for a crunchier texture.
For a twist on the classic schnitzel recipe, experiment with sauces and side dishes. A creamy mushroom sauce pairs well with the crispy chicken schnitzel, or you can go for a savory gravy. Serve it on top of mashed potatoes, alongside pickles and sauerkraut or on a bed of fresh greens for a lighter meal.
Whatever substitutions and variations you choose to make with this recipe, always remember that practice makes perfect. The more you experiment in the kitchen, the better your cooking skills will become. Bon appétit!
Serving and Pairing
Now that your crispy chicken schnitzel is ready, let’s talk about serving and pairing it with the perfect sides. This dish is best served hot and fresh out of the frying pan for optimal crispiness.
To start, I recommend pairing the schnitzel with a simple salad or roasted vegetables such as broccoli or asparagus. The freshness of the salad and the savory flavors of the veggies perfectly balance out the richness of the chicken schnitzel.
If you’re looking for a heartier meal, try serving the schnitzel with mashed potatoes or buttery noodles. It makes for a perfect comfort food combination – mild and creamy potatoes or rich pasta noodles pair with the crispiness of this chicken dish.
And finally, no German meal is complete without beer. A light lager or pilsner is an ideal choice to enjoy alongside your crispy chicken schnitzel.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Ah, my dear readers, when it comes to the beloved crispy chicken schnitzel, I know that you want to indulge in its deliciousness any time you crave for it. That’s why I’ve got some tips for you on how to make-ahead, store and reheat this delightful dish.
Firstly, let me tell you that the best way to enjoy this chicken schnitzel is by having it freshly cooked, hot and crispy. However, if you have leftover schnitzel or if you want to prepare ahead of time, there are options to keep the crispy texture intact.
To make-ahead and store the chicken schnitzel, you’ll need to prepare it as per the recipe instructions until after step 4. Once your boneless, skinless chicken breasts have been coated in flour-egg-breadcrumb mixture, place them on a baking sheet and cover them tightly with plastic wrap before putting them in the fridge. This way, the breading will not get soggy and will remain crispy for up to 24 hours.
To reheat chicken schnitzel properly without losing all of its wonderful texture and flavor, place it in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. On the other hand, if you are short on time and want a quick fix, try reheating your schnitzel in a pan-fry using some oil or butter over medium heat until it’s warmed through.
For long-term storage of leftover cooked schnitzel – freeze it! Place any extras into an airtight container or freezer bag making sure they lay flat with parchment paper between them. Simply take out what you need and thaw overnight before reheating using one of our aforementioned methods.
So there you have it! My tips on how to make-ahead, store and reheat your chicken schnitzels whilst maintaining optimal crispiness. Now go forth and savour every last bite of your schnitzels! Bon appétit!
Tips for Perfect Results
Creating a perfect crispy chicken schnitzel can be challenging, especially if you’re a beginner in the kitchen. But don’t fret, I have some tips for achieving the best-crispy golden brown chicken schnitzel.
First and foremost, the meat must be dry before coating it with flour, egg, and breadcrumbs. I recommend using paper towels to pat dry the boneless skinless chicken breasts before dipping them into the breading mixture.
Moreover, it’s essential to keep the chicken schnitzel from getting soggy by placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Afterward, refrigerate the chicken for fifteen to twenty minutes to firm up the breading before cooking.
Using a breading stick or fork to coat the chicken in flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs is crucial for even coverage of all ingredients on the meat surface.
To achieve the best crispy sesame breading for your chicken schnitzel recipe, I recommend using panko bread crumbs instead of traditional dried bread crumbs. The Panko’s delicate texture is excellent for creating a light and crunchy coating that is sure to wow your taste buds.
Next, after you’ve prepared your schnitzels, let them sit at room temperature for about ten minutes before cooking. This will allow for more even cooking and ensure that your schnitzel cooks through thoroughly.
Finally, when cooking your schnitzel recipe opt for pan-frying instead of baking or deep-frying. With pan-frying, you’ll get a nice golden-brown crust while keeping juicy meat on this easy-to-make comfort food dish that will leave everyone saying “bon appétit!”
As her scribe, I recognize that aspiring chefs may have questions about the preparation or execution of the recipe. Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and helpful tips that can guide you as you make the perfect crispy chicken schnitzel.
How do you keep schnitzels crispy?
Here’s an awesome trick for keeping fried foods crispy that you probably never heard of: after frying, skip the paper towel and place the food on a cooling rack above a baking sheet instead. This allows air to circulate and the bottom of the food remains dry and crispy as you finish frying. This technique works like magic for schnitzel and churros or any fried food for that matter!
What is the secret to crispy chicken?
Using egg white in your chicken coating not only provides protein for structure but also acts as a sticky adhesive to hold the flour in place. Adding alcohol to the frying oil allows for quick evaporation, while cornstarch mixed into the flour mixture creates a satisfying crunch to the crust.
How do you keep chicken schnitzel from getting soggy?
Before cooking the chicken, it is important to dip it into the egg wash and let the excess drain off. Next, it should be coated with breadcrumbs, ensuring that every part is covered and pressed down with your fingertips. To maintain a crispy texture, it’s best to crumb the chicken right before frying it, as the moisture from the chicken can make the crumbs soggy. As my mentor always says, “Crumb and fry keeps them crisp.”
How do you get the breading to stick on a schnitzel?
Before breading the meat, it is crucial to follow a certain sequence – flour, egg, and breadcrumbs. To kickstart the process, coat the schnitzel with flour entirely in a process called flouring. Only then will the breading have the ability to stick to the meat.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dinner that the whole family will love, then you need to try this crispy chicken schnitzel recipe! It’s a classic dish that’s sure to impress, and with these tips and directions, you can make it perfectly every time.
Remember to always keep the chicken from getting soggy by using dry breading ingredients and allowing it plenty of time to rest before cooking. And don’t forget to experiment with different variations and substitutions to find your perfect flavor combination.
So go ahead and give this recipe a try! Whether you’re enjoying it with a creamy mushroom sauce or on its own, you won’t be disappointed with the crispy, golden brown result. And as they say in German cuisine, “Bon appétit”.
Crispy Chicken Schnitzel Recipe
- 1 (2 2/3 ounce) envelope Shake-n-Bake, extra crispy coating mix
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup Miracle Whip
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Combine shake and bake parmesan cheese in glass pie plate.
- Mix Miracle Whip and milk in another pie plate.
- Pound chicken breasts until flat.
- Dip in dressing mixture then coat with shake and bake mixture.
- Place on foil lined sheet and bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until done.