Chicken schnitzel made from scratch in just 12 minutes!!! All the flavour, most of the crunch, and a fraction of the calories of deep fried schnitzel. Learn how easy it is to make this!

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12 Minute Chicken Schnitzel


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For those really busy nights, it’s fantastic to have a handful of really speedy recipes in your back pocket. And this one hits it out of the park. A crunchy chicken schnitzel, made from scratch, it’s one of those meals that’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser – especially for picky eaters!

I mean, EVERYBODY loves crunchy fried things, don’t they?? I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love fried things. Even if they are the health-conscious sort, they still profess to loving fried things, it’s just that they have more self control than me. 😜

So here’s my tricky little technique for making crumbed things in just 12 minutes:

  1. Spread chicken with mustard and mayonnaise;
  2. Sprinkle with panko bread crumbs, spray with oil; and
  3. Broil on high for just 8 minutes until golden.

While it’s broiling, throw together a quick salad, warm up some bread rolls and boom! Dinner is served, in just 12 minutes!

Collage picture of prepping Chicken Schnitzel on a baking sheet

The mustard and mayo is not only used to make the panko stick to the chicken, but it also adds flavour. Plus the oil in the mayonnaise helps make the panko nice and crunchy and golden.

I use this technique for making fish and veal schnitzel too. In fact, it’s especially brilliant with fish, like in this Healthy Parmesan Garlic Crumbed Fish.

Crunchy crumbed goodness. Isn’t it so great being able to get your fix without the guilt and MESS of deep frying??

This recipe is a staple in my regular midweek meal rotation. Hope you give it a try!

Chicken Schnitzel on a white plate with a salad and lemon wedge

Two pieces of Chicken Schnitzel on a white plate
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12 Minute Chicken Schnitzel

All the flavour and crunchy goodness of deep fried chicken, with a fraction of the calories and made from scratch in just 12 minutes!!!
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2
Author Nagi
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  • 1 small chicken breast
  • 3 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil spray


  • Preheat broiler to high and place the rack 8" from the heat source.
  • Cut chicken in half horizontally. Pound to ⅓" even thickness.
  • Place chicken on a tray. Spread with mayonnaise then mustard, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with panko bread crumbs, press to adhere. Spray with oil.
  • Broil for 8 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve with salad and a crusty bread roll.


1. The breadcrumb won't come out a perfect even golden colour like it does when you deep fry it. There will be some darker bits and some lighter bits. But it will be crunchy and just as tasty as deep fried, thanks to the mayonnaise and mustard!
5 from 4 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 103 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 92mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American


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  1. Prepared this for dinner tonight, served with a tossed salad as we are trying to eat healthy. It was delicious and even my fussy husband enjoyed it and said I will have to make it again.

  2. Hello my name is I enjoy cooking. I was going to ask you do you have cook book for sale I would like to purchase one.

  3. I’m a new in the kitchen (well, 3 years since she walked out). Anyway, what do you mean by “spray with oil?” Pam, vegetable in some kind of sprayer? I’m still learning kitchen tips. Thank you!

    1. Hi John,
      Yes you can spray with cooking spray (such as Pam) or an oil mister if you happen to have one. Enjoy!

  4. What a super quick recipe! I always have chicken on hand and we’re frequently pressed for time. Thanks for sharing Nagi! This looks great!

  5. 12 minutes? But I want it noooooow! Seriously though this looks super simple and would make the perfect quick dinner

  6. I love this technique, i do it with fish and we love how moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside it becomes, I will definitely try it with chicken!

  7. Schnitzel is a favorite of mine. Love your variation and the addition of mustard and mayonnaise. Definitely perfect for a weeknight meal.

  8. Yum! So simple, yet so delicious. I feel like this also qualifies as guilt-free :) Thanks for the recipe!