Crispy Chicken Schnitzel

Crispy Chicken Schnitzel

Craving a classic dish with a modern twist? Look no further than this crispy chicken schnitzel recipe, perfect for the air fryer. This beloved European favorite is known for its tender, juicy chicken encased in a golden, crunchy crust. The air fryer not only makes the cooking process faster and easier but also ensures a healthier meal with less oil. Whether you’re serving it for a family dinner or impressing guests, this chicken schnitzel will quickly become a staple in your culinary repertoire.

  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 2 tablespoons milk
  5. 2 cups breadcrumbs
  6. 1 teaspoon paprika
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
  8. 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
  9. Lemon wedges for serving
  10. Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish


  1. Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound them to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch with a meat mallet or rolling pin.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  3. Set up three shallow dishes: one with flour, one with beaten eggs mixed with milk, and one with breadcrumbs mixed with paprika.
  4. Dredge each chicken breast first in flour, shaking off the excess, then dip in the egg mixture, and finally coat with the breadcrumb mixture.


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken cutlets for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  2. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  3. Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley and lemon wedges on the side.


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook in batches
  • Cook at 400°F (200°C) for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. The chicken should be golden brown and reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.


  • For extra flavor, you can add grated Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Ensure the chicken is in a single layer and not overcrowded in the air fryer to promote even cooking.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your preference. Feel free to add more spices or herbs to the breadcrumb mixture.

Enjoy your crispy and delicious air-fried chicken schnitzel!

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 8 minutes | Total Time: 28 minutes | Kcal: 450 kcal | Servings: 4 servings

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