Parmesan chicken schnitzel


Schnitzel is an all-time favourite, and you will love this crispy, cheesy chicken schnitzel. Using fresh breadcrumbs and cooking in coconut oil helps to give it a crispy, crunchy coating. For additional flavours, try adding parsley or thyme to the breadcrumb mix before processing.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 400g chicken breast fillets
  • 6-8 slices spelt or rye bread
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup spelt or plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • coconut oil
  • 4 handfuls rocket
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 handful basil leaves, chopped


  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat oven to 100C

1Slice the chicken fillets in half horizontally so you have skinny fillets.

2Lay chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap and, using the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound schnitzels to an even thickness (about 1 cm). This makes them quicker to cook, keeping the chicken moist.

3In a food processor, crumb the bread and parmesan. Make them as fine or as chunky as you like. Add lots of freshly ground pepper.

4Place the flour on a dinner plate. Whisk the eggs in a wide, shallow bowl, with a tablespoon or two of water (helps to break up egg white and thin mix). Place breadcrumbs on another dinner plate. Coat the chicken pieces in the flour (shake off excess), dip in egg wash and then breadcrumbs. Press down firmly to make sure the crumbs stick. Place on a clean plate and continue with remaining chicken fillets.

5Place 1–2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

6Cook schnitzels (2 at a time) for 2 minutes on each side until the crust is golden and crisp.

7Place on a lined tray in warm oven and repeat with remaining schnitzels. You may need to add more coconut oil each time.

8Assemble the schnitzels on individual plates, top with a handful of rocket and a scoop of tomatoes and sprinkle with basil.

9Shake vinegar and oil in a jar until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking, then pour dressing over top of rocket and tomatoes.

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As published in Peninsula Kids – Spring 2017


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