Some Fun Facts About Schnitzels :
While chicken schnitzels is the only acceptable form for my girls, the traditional Wiener Schnitzel is a very thin, breaded and deep fried Schnitzel which is always made from veal. This speciality of Viennese cuisine dates back to the 1 century BC, when Romans further refined a pounded slice of thin meat by dredging it in bread and then frying.
Some cheaper versions are prepared with pork too, while chicken and turkey are favourite choices of kids and people who are not fan of red meat. While equally popular in Germany, the Wiener Schnitzel is the national dish of Austria and September 9th is the National Wiener Schnitzel Day.
Why Cooking With Kids Is So Important:
Cooking with kids is not only fun but it instills in kids personal hygiene, keeping surroundings clean, respecting and appreciating food.Chicken schnitzel is the first recipe I made with my daughter when she was only 6 years old. She was always a fussy eater but since she helped make these schnitzels, she has started eating chicken in many other dishes as well. For moms with fussy eaters , involving your kids in cooking can be the solution to your problem. Please, check the safety measures before you start cooking with young kids.
Chicken Schnitzels – A Perfectly Simple Recipe To Try With Kids and Newbies:
It’s a very simple recipe, with very few ingredients to remember but makes very juicy schnitzels with crispy coating. In three simple steps you learn a few basic cooking techniques and get to eat very tasty food very quickly. All you need to do is pound chicken fillet into even thickness (almost 1/8 inch), marinate briefly with simple flavourings, like salt, pepper or paprika and lemon juice. Coat with cornflour, egg and breadcrumbs and fry to golden, crispy deliciousness.
2 chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 tablespoon paste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil for frying
1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg beaten
3-4 cup corn flour
This Is What You Do :
Please check the introduction and safety measures post on the blog before you begin.
Cut chicken breasts into two pieces each. Place a plastic sheet over them. Hammer the chicken pieces to flatten them to an even thickness of 1/8 inch.
If the meat is too thin then you can’t taste meat but only the bread coating, if its too thick then it will stay undercooked from inside.
Marinate chicken pieces with salt, black pepper/paprika, garlic powder and lemon juice for 10 minutes.
Mix oregano with bread crumbs. Add bread crumbs, corn flour and egg into separate deep plates.
Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium low heat. Dip a chicken piece first into corn flour, then beaten egg and finally coat with crumbs.
Carefully place it in the frying pan. Fry it golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with all the chicken pieces.
Crispy chicken schnitzels are ready. Enjoy them with a delicious side of mashed or baked potatoes and mustard or chilli sauce.
Makes 4 Schnitzels