The Ultimate Chicken Schnitzel

German Chicken Schnitzel, golden and crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside. It’s ready in about 15 minutes.

Overhead shot of a chicken schnitel on a white plate with 2 lemon wedges and chopped green onions

Chicken schnitzel for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Absolutely! There is no easier and quicker way to cook chicken than this super simple recipe, and it just goes down a treat.

Golden and crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside, it hardly needs any seasoning and it tastes beautifully.

In a rush in the morning? Just grab two slices of toast and a chicken schnitzel, and you are good to go.

For lunch or dinner you can get as creative as you want, it goes nicely with any salad, vegetable, mashed potatoes, rice, or pulses. I love to have it with garlic sauce, but anything else would do.

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make chicken schnitzel

What is the best way to cook chicken schnitzel?

It might not be the healthiest way, but the traditional way rather. The chicken schnitzel is shallow fried in oil, although you can also bake it in the oven.

Once you make it once, you will never go back to those fast-foods to buy chicken meals. Your home-made schnitzel is way better and you know it has 100% chicken meat and nothing else.

The secret to making the very best schnitzel is making sure you have a thin piece of chicken, otherwise it will not cook through.

So, grab a meat tenderizer, or just a rolling pin, place the chicken between 2 pieces of non-stick paper, and flatten is out as much as you can.

The chicken will also be beautifully tender. Once you have the right thickness, coat it with flour, then egg wash, breadcrumbs, and it’s now ready to cook.

You can season with the herbs of your choice, if you want a deeper flavour, although the good old pepper and salt work just fine.

The chicken schnitzel is a great alternative to the good old chicken kiev. Do give this recipe a try!

A sliced chicken schnitzel on a white plate

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Overhead shot of a chicken schnitzel on a white plate with 2 lemon wedges, chopped spring onions and cutlery on the side
The Ultimate Chicken Schnitzel
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
German Chicken Schnitzel, a fantastic recipe that is super easy to make, and sure to please a crowd.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 969 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  1. Place the chicken breasts on the work surface, cut them in 2 lengthwise, and bash them with a meat tenderiser. We need them as flat as possible, the thinner the slices, the better. It also reduces the cooking time, as they are perfectly cooked really quickly. I used organic chicken breasts, but any good-quality chicken breasts would do.

  2. Next, we need 2 large plates. On one plate we have plain flour, on the other breadcrumbs.

  3. Beat the egg lightly using a fork, then season with salt and pepper.

  4. Coat the chicken slices in flour, then dip in the egg mixture and in the end toss them well in breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat up the frying pan and add the sunflower oil.
  6. Fry the chicken schnitzels on both sides for about 2 minutes on each side until golden, then remove from the pan and place on a kitchen towel to remove the excess oil.
  7. Serve hot or cold with any sauce.
Nutrition Facts
The Ultimate Chicken Schnitzel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 969 Calories from Fat 558
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 62g 95%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 558mg 23%
Potassium 587mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 3.1%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 11.7%
Iron 27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The ultimate chicken schnitzel

The ultimate chicken schnitzel

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  • Reply
    March 13, 2016 at 1:21 am

    The chicken looks so tender and juicy!

  • Reply
    Sharon M
    May 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    This looks so good! I love schnitzel, but never thought of doing it using chicken! thanks for what I know will be a great recie!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      May 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you, Sharon! I’m sure you’ll love the chicken schnitzel too.

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    November 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

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