Schnitzel

Some of you might know the famous German dish called Schnitzel. It’s a breaded piece of meat, usually veal or pork, fried and served with French fries. Whenever I make it, I like to use chicken breast which I think is just as good and instead of French fries, I serve mine with baked sweet potato fries and steamed vegetables. It’s definitely a children’s favorite, not too dissimilar from chicken nuggets and it’s easy to make. If I don’t have fresh bread crumbs at hand, I use brown rice crumbs. They are available at good grocery or health food stores and really work well. I tend to fry the Schnitzel in a non-stick pan with a little olive oil, but you can also brush them with oil and bake them in the oven. A great trick to make the meat tender is to cut half a chicken breast in 2 or 3 pieces horizontally, place cling wrap over it and beat it with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin. When the pieces are the right size and about 1/4″ or 0.5 cm thick, I marinate them in buttermilk for at least 3 hours. This method works great, and I frequently use it with white meat.

Serves 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 hungry children

Ingredients

  • 2 organic or free-range chicken breast halves, sliced into 2 or 3 pieces horizontally, tenderized (see note above)
  • 1-2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup of plain flour, gluten-free flour is fine
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of fine breadcrumbs or rice crumbs
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Method

Cut chicken breast halves into desired size pieces, tenderize and cover with buttermilk. Let rest in fridge for 3+ hours

Put flour, beaten eggs and crumbs into 3 individual bowls. Season flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

Drain excess buttermilk of meat. Drench meat in flour, shake of excess, then coat in egg, before dipping in breadcrumbs. Repeat with remaining meat.

In a large non-stick frying pan, heat up 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place Schnitzels in pan and fry for 3-5 minutes on each side, until golden. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

Serve with baked sweet potato fries and steamed vegetables.

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