Chicken Schnitzel with Fennel & Apple Slaw: Absolute Symphony of  Textures

Chicken Schnitzel with Fennel & Apple Slaw: A Symphony of  Textures


This recipe reimagines the classic Austrian chicken schnitzel, marrying golden-fried chicken with a vibrant, light fennel and apple slaw. The crispy schnitzel contrasts perfectly with the crunchy slaw’s sweet and earthy notes, creating a symphony of textures and flavors. Let’s explore the ingredients, and preparation.

Chicken Schnitzel
Chicken Schnitzel
  • Chicken Schnitzel:
    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Chicken Breast Boneless

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

All-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs, beaten


  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs


Plain breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika



  • 1/2 teaspoon salt



  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Black pepper

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Fennel & Apple Slaw:
    • 1 small bulb fennel, thinly sliced


  • 1 apple (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp recommended), thinly sliced


Granny Smith apple

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


Lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh dill, chopped (optional) for garnish


Fresh dill

  • Presentation:
    • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional) for garnish


Fresh parsley

  • Lemon wedges (optional)


  1. Pound the Chicken: Pound each chicken breast gently between two pieces of plastic wrap until about 1/2 inch thick. This ensures even cooking.
  2. Set Up Breadcrumbs: Place flour, beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls. Season the breadcrumbs with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bread the Chicken: Dredge each chicken breast in flour, then dip it in egg, and finally, coat it evenly with breadcrumbs. Repeat for all breasts.
  4. Fry the Schnitzel: Heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Fry the breaded chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Make the Slaw: While the chicken fries, toss sliced fennel and apple in a bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Assemble and Serve: Place a schnitzel on a plate. Top with fennel and apple slaw. Garnish with chopped dill and parsley (optional). Serve with lemon wedges (optional) for squeezing over the schnitzel.


  • For a healthier option, bake the schnitzel instead of frying. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C), spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, and bake the breaded chicken for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Add more vegetables to the slaw! Shredded carrots, cabbage, or even radishes can add pops of color and texture.
  • Substitute another crunchy fruit for the apple, such as pears or peaches.
  • Get creative with dipping sauces! Honey, Dijon, or a simple yogurt sauce can add extra flavor dimensions.

Enjoy this unique take on a classic dish! The crispy schnitzel, refreshing slaw, and vibrant garnishes create a visually stunning and flavor-packed feast that will leave you wanting more

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