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Chicken Schnitzel with 'Schn'apple,' Fennel and Onions

Chicken Schnitzel with 'Schn'apple,' Fennel and Onions


  • 4 boneless, skinless 6- to 8-ounce chicken breasts

  • Salt and pepper

  • About 1 cup flour

  • 3 eggs

  • About 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 cups dried breadcrumbs

  • About 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg

  • Safflower or other frying oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced with a knife of on a mandoline

  • 1 bulb fennel, quartered, cored and thinly sliced with a knife or mandoline, plus half a handful of fronds

  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced

  • 1 shot apple schnapps or apple brandy

  • A half handful fresh dill

  • Lemon wedges, for serving 


Preheat oven to 200°F.  

Working 1 breast at a time, butterfly the chicken by cutting horizontally with a sharp knife almost all the way through. Open like a book and pound each piece between sheets of plastic to about 1/8-inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.  

Set up a breading station: Place the flour, some salt and pepper in a shallow dish. In another, beat the eggs, milk and mustard, and season. Place the breadcrumbs in a third dish with the nutmeg and salt.  

Heat 1/8 inch oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high. Working in two batches, coat the chicken in flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs, pressing to adhere. Fry chicken until deep golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the schnitzel to a wire rack set on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.  

For the schn’apple, heat another large skillet over medium to medium-high. Add the butter. Once melted, add the apples, sliced fennel and onions; season with salt and cook, stirring often, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the schnapps and toss in the fennel fronds and dill.  

Serve the schnitzel topped with fennel mixture and lemon wedges alongside.