Chicken Schnitzel with “Schn’apple,” Fennel & Onions

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Chicken Schnitzel with Schn'apple," Fennel & Onions
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Recipe by Rachael Ray

  • 4Servings


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 oz. each)
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • About 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups dried breadcrumbs
  • About 1/4 tsp. ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  • Safflower or other frying oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced with a knife or on a mandoline
  • 1 bulb fennel—quartered, cored and thinly sliced with a knife or mandoline, plus 1/2 handful of fennel fronds
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) apple schnapps or apple brandy
  • 1/2 handful of fresh dill
  • Lemon wedges


1. Preheat the oven to 200°.

2. Working with 1 breast at a time, butterfly the chicken by cutting horizontally [1, above] with a sharp knife almost all the way through [2, above]. Open like a book [3, above] and pound between sheets of plastic to about 1/8 inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.

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

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

4. Meanwhile, for the schn’apple, heat another large skillet over medium to medium-high. Add the butter. When it melts, add the apples, sliced fennel and onion; 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.

5. Serve the schnitzel with the fennel mixture and lemon wedges.