12 Minute Chicken Schnitzel

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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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Review Recipe

12 Minute Chicken Schnitzel

Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2
Author Nagi from RecipeTin Eats for Spend with Pennies
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
All the flavour and crunchy goodness of deep fried chicken, with a fraction of the calories and made from scratch in just 12 minutes!!!


  • 1 small chicken breast
  • 3 tsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil spray

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  • Preheat broiler to high and place the rack 8" from the heat source.
  • Cut chicken in half horizontally. Pound to 1/3" 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.

Recipe Notes

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!

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.)

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Nagi is the voice, cook and photographer behind RecipeTin Eats, [Australia’s top food blog]. She believes that anyone can make amazing food with everyday ingredients, even if you’re short on time and cost conscious.

Nagi walked away from a corporate career to follow her passion for food. She truly believes that great food brings family and friends together, and more smiles into your life. She also firmly believes that whoever invented cheese deserves a Nobel Prize.

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