Seeded chicken schnitzel is a wonderfully delicious and easy recipe made with boneless chicken breast. This crispy chicken schnitzel has the perfect crunchy coating on the outside and juicy tender chicken on the inside. It also makes great leftovers and I'm going to show you how.
Crusted Seeded chicken schnitzel is the stuff that dreams are made of and it is on a constant rotation in our house! It is one of my favorite chicken recipes and it makes the most amazing freezer meal for those busy nights since it re-heats so well.
If you are looking for a new chicken breast recipe that is not boring then this it!
Ingredients you will need to make this seeded chicken schnitzel
- Chicken breast: The star of this recipe.
- Panko bread crumbs: These breadcrumbs add crunch to the schnitzel.
- Eggs and flour (for coating the chicken)
- black and white sesame seeds: These are added to the coating for the chicken and add to the crunch.
- sunflower seeds: For the coating for the chicken to add crunch and a little bit of a nutty flavor.
- turmeric: For color and flavor.
- salt and pepper: To enhance the flavor of the chicken.
- cayenne pepper: Just a touch to add flavor.
- oil for cooking
Some of these ingredients might not be what you have in your pantry but it is worth it to purchase them and make this. I did just that and used all of the ingredients when I made a large batch to have for meals later on.
I am always looking for more quick meals to add to my cooking routine!
Who is Chef Ottolenghi
As the name of the recipe suggests, this is a recipe by Chef Ottolenghi and it comes from his cookbook, Ottolenghi Simple. I'm sure you guessed by the name why I bought it.
I have made almost all the recipes in this book already and they are all brilliant and delicious. Ottolenghi takes familiar flavors and not-so-familiar ones and transforms them into dishes that you may already know but changes the flavor profile.
This Ottolenghi schnitzel is a great example of that. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
I am sharing this recipe to not only showcase its amazing flavor but also to show you what an amazing make-ahead meal this is.
What to serve with chicken schnitzel
We love to serve it with a side of fluffy basmati rice, caramelized Brussels sprouts, charred broccoli, fried halloumi salad, or miso-roasted broccolini. Sometimes we swap out the green veggies for turmeric potatoes and it is equally as delicious.
- To keep the breading from sliding off of the chicken, bread your chicken and then store it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This gives the breading time to stick to the meat so that when you are ready to cook it, the breading will stay on.
- The best way to freeze chicken schnitzel is to allow it to cool completely then grab a large freezer-proof container or bag and place the schnitzel in that making sure not to stack them together. Freeze for up to 2 months.
For More Chicken Recipes
- For quick and easy chicken dinners: We love our Easy Blackened Chicken or Chicken Tarragon or Lemon Butter Chicken or Chicken Saltimbocca or our Southwest Chicken Bowl
- For chicken recipes with global flavors: We love our Crispy Coconut Chicken. As an alternative to take out, we make our Oven Baked BBQ Chicken or Chicken and Green Beans and even our Baked Greek Chicken
Ottolenghi's Seeded Chicken Schnitzel
- 6 tablespoon salted sunflower seeds
- 2 teaspoon turmeric
- 3 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cups plain panko bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ tablespoon pepper
Other ingredients Needed
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied and pounded thin to about ¼ inch thick
- 2 eggs beaten in a medium shallow bowl
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ⅛ cup vegetable oil You can start with less and add more as needed
- In a large shallow baking dish, mix all of the ingredients for the seeded crust (above).
- In another large shallow baking dish add your flour
- In a third large shallow baking dish add your beaten eggs
- Now line up all of your baking dishes in a row next to each other starting with the flour then the egg then the seeded crust mix so you have a nice assembly lije ready for the chicken.
- Once you have done this, take the chicken breasts that you have pounded thin with a rolling pin or similar and dip it into the flour making sure to coat both sides well.
- Now remove the chicken from the flour and give it a light shake to remove any excess flour and then place it in the egg mixture.
- Coat the chicken front and back in the egg and then place it into the seeded crust mixture.
- Make sure to press the chicken down well in the seeded crust mixture so there is some of the mixture on all of it.
- Once the chicken is completely coated with the seed mixture, place it on a plate and continue to coat the remaining chicken following the steps above.
Cooking the chicken
- Pre-heat a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add you oil to the pan and let it get nice and hot.
- Once the oil is heated, begin adding your chicken.
- Cook for about 4 minutes or until you see a nice golden color.
- Turn the chicken over and cook the other side for another 4-5 minutes until golden in color.
- Remove from the pan and serve immediately.
If you are making a large batch for meal prep or freezing
- After you are done cooking your chicken, place on to cooling racks to allow the chicken to cool and dry evenly on both sides.
- Once cool, if freezing, place on a large sheet pan making sure they do not overlap and place in the freezer until completely frozen. Once frozen, remove from the sheet pan and place the frozen chicken in a freezer proof bag until ready to use. To thaw:Remove the chicken from the freezer and place in the refrigerator over night to thaw. You can also thaw the same day by placing it in the refrigerator at least 4 hours in advance of cooking it.
- To re-heat:Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place your chicken on top of the aluminum foil and fold the aluminum foil over the top of the chicken to prevent the crust from browning too much.Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you see the juices bubbling from the crust.
For meal prep
- Follow the instructions above for cooling down the chicken. Once cool you can individually wrap the chicken in containers.To re-heat:Place chicken in aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.Chicken can also be eaten cold cut into strips (it is great over a salad!)
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