Schnitzel Chicken Cutlet

Learn how to prepare a crispy, juicy, extra crunchy and short-cut chicken cutlet. A family circle of favorites that is breathtaking and delicious!

3 lbs chicken breasts boneless and skinless
4 tsp salt or to taste, divided
4 tsp black pepper or to taste, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
4 large eggs
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp fresh parsley for garnish
vegetable oil for frying


Working with one piece of chicken breast at a time, place it in a Ziploc plastic bag or between two sheets of plastic wrap. If using a plastic bag, partially close the bag, but not all the way to allow air to flow out. Use a meat mallet to pound out the meat using the flat side of the mallet, gently so you don’t tear the meat until it’s about 1/4 ″ in thickness. Repeat with the rest of the chicken breasts.
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In one shallow plate whisk the flour with 1 tsp salt and pepper. In another shallow plate whisk the breadcrumbs with 1 tsp salt and pepper. In another shallow plate, whisk the eggs with 1 tsp salt, pepper, and the Dijon mustard.
Place all plates next to each other like on an assembly line. Start by coating the chicken in the flour mixture first, shaking off any excess. Dip it into the egg mixture next, making sure it’s fully covered in egg, and lastly dredge it through the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a plate and repeat with the rest of the chicken.

Heat about 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot enough to place a schnitzel into the skillet and fry, the oil should sizzle. Usually, I drop a breadcrumb to see if it sizzles. If your skillet is really big you may be able to fry two pieces of chicken at a time. I used a 10 1/2 inch skillet and was only able to fry one schnitzel at a time. Add more oil as necessary in between schnitzels. Fry for about 2 to 3 minutes per side or until the schnitzel is a deep golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
Serve schnitzels with lemon wedges, Dijon mustard and I like to serve mine with mashed potatoes.

The plastic bag or wrap will help prevent splattering the counter all yourself.
I like to use Panko breadcrumbs whenever I make schnitzel because the schnitzel always turns out extra crispy.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition Information:
Serving: 1schnitzelCalories: 339kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 20g (7%) Protein: 43g (86%) Fat: 8g (12%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Cholesterol: 201mg (67%) Sodium: 1600mg (70 %) Potassium: 730mg (21%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 225IU (5%) Vitamin C: 2.6mg (3%) Calcium: 76mg (8%) Iron: 2.5 mg (14%)