Chicken Schnitzel

Thin and crisp chicken filets with a hint of dijon mustard. A must try.

Chicken Schnitzel Recipe from

We eat chicken a lot. But my biggest issue with chicken is finding new recipes to make. Most of the time it gets marinated and tossed on the grill, used for pizza, all kinds of slow cooker meals or in tacos. But beyond that I get stumped for ideas pretty easily. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally okay eating chicken breast dipped in barbecue sauce or coated in spices but that can get old fast. I know there are tons of options I’m not utilizing like say added to pasta.

Last night I did what most reasonable people would do, I searched for new ideas. Low and behold… the internet was full of them. Shocker. But one jumped out at me. It called to me. It made me giggle. Schnitzel. Say it. Schnitzel. So yes… today’s recipe was partially, okay mostly, made because of the name. So I could say it and giggle. It’s fun.

Chicken Schnitzel Recipe from

Secondly, it calls for mustard. This is basically like a grown up inside out chicken finger because if I’m not dipping my chicken fingers in ketchup then I’m dipping them in mustard. If you’re having a rough day, this the perfect recipe because you get to pound out your frustrations. Boss made you mad? Someone cut you off on your drive? Forgot to dvr Ryan Gosling on GMA? Take out your frustrations on the chicken.

This chicken schnitzel recipe is not only easy and tasty but also quick! You can have dinner on the table in easily under 30 minutes, with spare time to whip up a side dish or two.

Chicken Schnitzel

Thin and crisp chicken filets with a hint of dijon mustard.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 boneless chicken breast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/3 C all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/4 C plain Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Parsley
  • Lemon wedges


  • Trim and slice chicken breast in half to create two thin fillets. Transfer chicken fillets to a large plastic bag, pound down with a mallet or rolling pin to 1/8-inch thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare toppings in 3 large shallow bowls. Flour to one, egg and Dijon whisked together in another and finally panko breadcrumbs in the third. If desired, sprinkle additional salt, pepper and cayenne to the breadcrumbs.
  • Started with the flour, coat one fillet well on both sides. Transfer to egg mixture and then to the breadcrumbs, being sure to press breadcrumbs into the chicken. Transfer to a clean plate and repeat with remaining chicken fillet.
  • Heat butter and oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook chicken fillets for 3-4 minutes per side until breadcrumbs are golden and chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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23 Responses to “Chicken Schnitzel”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    How funny! I started giggling when I read schnitzel. Glad it made you giggle as well. :). Anyways, I am always looking for new chicken recipes, so I’ll have to give this a try!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I like saying the word schnitzel. :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I definitely eat chicken more than any other meat. I’ve actually been trying to eat more red meat, but I am definitely loving this recipe. After going to Germany over the summer I’ve been craving schnitzel in any form.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Figuring out what to do with chicken (and all meat actually) that keeps me excited about dinner is always my problem! (and actually kind of what I said in my post today too, funny)

    The one and only time I’ve had schnitzel was in Ohio with the 60 something year old VP of my company at this authentic German place where the waitresses walked around in that German getup where their boobs are hanging out and their skirts are all frilly (like hooters meets Germany)…it was a slightly awkward experience.

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      Danae (The Busty Baker) — January 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Was this in Columbus? Cause there’s definitely a place here with waitresses that’s like that.. I agree with the awkwardness. But they do have some amazing cream puffs!

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    Michelle L. — January 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Looks crispy and delic!

  6. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    My dad would be so happy with this! His German heart would just collapse. I love it Rachel!

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    Ashley — January 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Normally I’m not that “in” to chicken. But this looks so crispy and full over flavor, that I think I might just love it!

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    a farmer in the dell — January 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I have been in a chicken rut too! Always making the same couple of recipes. This looks amazing!

  9. #
    Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} — January 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah, this is a good find! I hate plain old chicken breast!

    P.S. Say Chicken Schnitzel ten times fast!!

  10. #
    Cassie — January 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    This name makes me giggle a little too but I would love it, it looks so good!

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Rachel you got the schnitzel perfectly browned…so purdy.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    i’m dying looking at this. i just love the crust you gave that chicken!! it’s probably my most favorite thing about crusted chicken – the crunchy crust it develops after being seared in a pan. schnitzel schnitzel ;) haha

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    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — January 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    This is one of my all-time favorite weeknight meals! Love it!

  14. #
    Tracey — January 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    The breading on the chicken looks so crispy!! I just know this would be a hit here, and I’m definitely always looking for new chicken ideas.

  15. #
    Shea Goldstein — January 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Pinning on my chicken board!! Looks delicious :)

  16. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Oh yum! This looks so delicious! I love any kind of chicken dish that ends with a squirt of lemon juice so I must make this!

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    Rachelle — January 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    This looks great. Pinning it.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I just have to say something. The schnitzel in Germany is terrible. I’m sure there are a few exceptions, but, yeah… pretty awful. Austria on the other hand? Awesome! I suppose it makes sense since it’s an Austrian dish, but come on! They’re right next door.

    Anyway, love your chicken schnitzel! Looks so yummy.

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    kitchenroach — January 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Looks delicious. I like specially the mustard twist.

  20. #
    Yvonne @ bitter baker — January 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Yum yum! I love schnitzel, have never tried chicken schnitzel though

  21. #
    Teresa — February 2, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Made this last night. My husband and I both loved it. Crispy, tender and the mustard is subtle, not overpowering at all.

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      Rachel — February 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Glad to hear you both enjoyed it! :)

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