Chicken Schnitzel


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Ready in under 15 minutes, this chicken schnitzel recipe features tender fillets under a coating of crispy golden breadcrumbs. Pair it with some German potato salad for an authentic and hearty meal. 

chicken schnitzel.

If you’ve made our chicken katsu or spicy chicken sandwich before, you are bound to love chicken schnitzel. They all share similar qualities, but this European version takes fried chicken to another level! 

What is chicken schnitzel?

Schnitzels are essentially a thin cut of meat that has been breaded and fried to make it crispy. While there is veal, pork, and eggplant schnitzel, the most common is made with chicken breast fillets. 

Why this recipe will be a dinnertime staple:

  • Only 6 ingredients. You only need seven everyday ingredients to make one of the most famous European dishes. 
  • Ready in less than 10 minutes. As the chicken fillets for schnitzel are very thin, they take only a few minutes to cook. 
  • Freezer-friendly. You can bread as many chicken fillets as you like and freeze them for later. 

What I love about this recipe is just how versatile it is! Leftovers are great in a sandwich or over a salad, and even sliced up on a pizza!

What is chicken schnitzel made from?

Honestly, this recipe calls for very basic ingredients. Besides the chicken, eggs, and a few pantry staples, there isn’t much else that goes into it. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Chicken. Chicken schnitzel is made with boneless and skinless chicken breasts. Cut the chicken breasts diagonally to get thinner cuts.
  • Flour. Dredging chicken fillets in flour help get rid of any extra moisture and achieve crispy results. Flour also helps the egg mixture adhere to the chicken. 
  • Eggs. Dipping the chicken in beaten eggs ensures that the breadcrumbs don’t fall off. 
  • Breadcrumbs. The final coating provides the crispiness of the schnitzels. 
  • Oil. To fry the chicken fillets. Any neutral-flavored cooking oil will work. 
  • Salt and pepper. To taste. 

How to make it

Making perfectly crispy chicken schnitzels is easy if you follow three easy steps. Ready to cook some up?

Step 1- Pound the chicken

Cut skinless and boneless chicken breasts in half diagonally. Place the fillets between saran wrap and pound them until the chicken breasts are ¼  inch thick. 

pounded chicken breast.

Step 2- Bread the chicken fillets 

Get three shallow bowls. In one bowl, mix flour with salt and black pepper. crack the eggs in the second bowl and give them a good whisk. Add the bread crumbs to the last bowl. 

Dip each chicken fillet in the flour mix, followed by the eggs, and the bread crumbs. 

how to make chicken schnitzel.

Step 3- Fry and serve 

Add cooking oil to a non-stick pan. Once hot, fry the breaded chicken fillets for 4 minutes per side until golden brown.

frying chicken schnitzel.

Remove the schnitzels from the pan and place them on a wire rack to get them extra crispy. 

chicken schnitzels.

Can I bake Schnitzel? 

If you’d prefer to bake the chicken instead of frying it, you can certainly do that instead.

Simply place the breaded chicken on a lined baking sheet and bake at 180C/350F for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Don’t put freshly fried chicken schnitzels on paper towels. While paper towels absorb the extra oil, they tend to make the schnitzels slightly soggy. 
  • Mix a tablespoon of mustard with the beaten eggs or brush it on the chicken fillets before seasoning them. This will give the schnitzels a mild mustardy kick. 
  • Bake these chicken schnitzels if you want to avoid extra fat and calories. Bake them at 425F degrees for 6 minutes per side. 
  • Don’t skimp on salt and pepper. Season the fillets generously on both sides to avoid bland chicken. 

Storage instructions

  • To store: Place leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To freeze: While uncooked chicken schnitzels freeze better, you can freeze them cooked too. Wrap each schnitzel in food wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat: Whether you have had them in the fridge or in the freezer, the best way to reheat schnitzels is by using the oven. Don’t reheat chicken schnitzels in the microwave to prevent them from getting soggy. 
schnitzel chicken.

What goes with chicken schnitzel?

You have an array of options when it comes to side dishes for chicken schnitzel. Here are a few ideas for your next meal. 

Frequently asked questions

Is schnitzel just fried chicken?

Schnitzel is not just reserved for chicken; pork, veal, and even eggplant all work well using this method. Compared to standard fried chicken, chicken schnitzel is crispier, moister in the middle, and less greasy. 

What makes schnitzel a schnitzel?

The cut of meat and the preparation technique are the two things that make schnitzel a schnitzel. A schnitzel is made from a boneless cut of meat that is pounded thin, then breaded and fried to create a crispy coating.

Are chicken schnitzels pre-cooked?

While there are some brands that simply require quick microwaving, most will need to be oven-baked or pan-fried before consumption. 

chicken schnitzel recipe.

Chicken Schnitzel

5 from 93 votes
Ready in under 10 minutes, this chicken schnitzel recipe features tender breast fillets under a coating of crispy golden breadcrumbs. Perfect for a quick and easy dinner. 
Servings: 6 schnitzels
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 9 minutes


  • 3 chicken breasts halved diagonally
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • 1 cup bread crumbs


  • Place the chicken breasts between saran wrap and pound into 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Add the flour, salt, and pepper in one bowl, eggs in another bowl, and the bread crumbs in a third bowl.
  • Moving quickly, dip the chicken in the flour mix, followed by the eggs, and then the bread crumbs. Shake off the excess from each breast.
  • Add oil to a non-stick pan. Once hot, fry the chicken for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove the chicken once golden brown. Place the chicken on a wire rack for maximum crispiness.


Serving: 1schnitzelCalories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 18gFat: 4gSodium: 415mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 108IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 20g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

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    1. Do you think these would turn out as good in air fryer? Just spritzing them with oil?
      I love schnitzel!!! But I don’t want to go through the trouble and have them not turn out.

  1. This recipe my grandmother taught me since l was 11 years old I am now 65 and this is an Italian dish called fettene báñate means Italian Chicken Cutlets An old recipe of my Grandmother in Italy when came to Canada A Traditional Recipe!! Not CHICKEN SCHNITZEL” Its an Italian Dish!!! Just to get your fact straight!!

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you for a quick and easy Schnitzel recipe. And the link to the German potato salad was a perfect side for this dish. Everything tasted amazing!

      1. Why so rude, and angry? It is called “chicken schnitzel”, because this one is made with chicken. I don’t see anyone in this thread, saying you can’t make it with another protein. So how about you cool your jets 😉

      2. 5 stars
        Wow I’m with CoCo. Bunny you need to cool your jets honey, so rude can’t understand why you’re so up tight and so rude, but nevertheless the recipe is awesome and amazing thanks Arman keep the great recipes coming. Thanks man I really enjoy your site and the recipes.

  2. I made a traditional German Pork Schnitzel recipe last night. Same as this recipe except I used boneless pork chops instead of chicken. Same recipe ingredients.

  3. This recipes reminds me of my long deceased German grandmothers whomboth made this weekly with pork cutlets using breadcrumbs from scratch, and lard for frying. Both had a small wire rack and towel on baking paper they used to let the schnitzel “rest” before serving. After that towel became saturated, it was popped in a low temp oven to retrieve the lard to be used for other particular recipes. They also added an egg or two to the egg dip and scrambled that in the lard. All this was served with a variety of potato dishes and occasionally pierogi. Thanks for reviving those fantastic memories. And yes, I prepare it their way except I lazily use paper towel!

  4. 5 stars
    Fabulous! So quick and easy. My 9 year old son wanted to make chicken schnitzel and with only a bit of help, he followed this recipe with ease. The whole family enjoyed it! Will definitely make this again.

  5. Can a low-carb/keto breading be used (i.e. your almond flour & parmesan cheese mixture in your Keto Chicken Parm recipe)?

    Also, can these be cooked in an Air Fryer?