My Shnitzel Recipe:
An Israeli Staple

Shnitzel or Schnitzel is what I learned to expect for lunch or dinner growing up as a kid in Israel. Schnitzel is made of chicken breast, also known as tenders, rolled in bread crumbs and fried. It is actually a European dish – from Austria I think – but it was warmly adopted in Israel. It really does tastes great - and pretty easy to prepare!

Home-made Israeli schnitzelHome-made Israeli schnitzel

It goes well with rice, Israeli salad, in a pita with some hummus or just by itself with some lemon juice squeezed on top. Kids love it with ketchup.


This would provide enough for 4 people and then some…

  • 2 pounds (about 1 kg) chicken breast / chicken tenders
  • 1 pack of bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup soy sauce (if you are missing this item – it will still come out ok)

How to Make the Schnitzel:

  1. Marinate the chicken breast in a bowl with the soy sauce for 2 hours in the fridge prior to the cooking
  2. Break the egg and add to the chicken strips
  3. Pour the bread crumbs on a plate
  4. Roll each chicken breast piece in the bread crumbs until covered from all sides
  5. Fry the chicken pieces for about 5 minutes on each side or until they become golden brown in color – see my picture
  6. Serve hot with ½ lemon or whatever sauce you like

There you go - if you ever wanted to find out how to cook chicken schnitzel easily - the above recipe is one way to do so!

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