chicken schnitzel

Chicken schnitzel

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Chicken schnitzel

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes cooking

Serves: 2 adults and 2 small children

We’ve made chicken nuggets a few times – I like making them ourselves as you know exactly what goes into them and they’re much healthier than shop bought ones. Chicken schnitzel is made in the same way, but is actually a lot easier and less time consuming as you have far fewer pieces of chicken to coat. You also have the chance to tenderize the chicken which is something our kids really enjoy doing!


2 large chicken breasts
3 slices of bread
1 egg
4 tbsp flour


Prepare the coating

There are three parts to the crumb – flour, egg and breadcrumbs and all three are easy for kids to make.

You can buy breadcrumbs in the shop, either regular ones or panko breadcrumbs work well with this. Alternatively you can make your own,which we normally do. 

We tore up two slices of bread, and whizzed them up in our hand food processor. Slightly stale bread works a bit better, but I just normally use the heals from whatever bread we have open. You can add seasoning if you like at this point, or some parmesan or herbs. Put the breadcrumb in a dish ready for dipping.

Next, get your child to crack the egg into a dish and mix it with a fork.

Finally, spoon some flour into a dish.

Prepare the chicken

Wrap your chicken in clingfilm and bash it until it is less than 1/2cm thick. We used a meat tenderizer but you could use a rolling pin or bottle if you don’t have one. My kids really enjoyed this step – I think it’s their new favourite thing to do in the kitchen!

Coat the chicken

Heat some oil in a frying pan.

To make it easier, line the three dishes up in the right order with the frying pan at the end.

Take each piece of chicken and dip it first in the flour cover it and shake off the excess, then coat it in egg before covering in breadcrumbs. I don’t generally let the kids near raw chicken so I did this bit on my own.

Cook the chicken schnitzel

Fry the chicken for a few minutes on each side until it is cooked through. You can keep it warm in the oven while you prepare the rest of the meal.

Serve it with vegetables, or coleslaw.



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