Here is a version of classic Chicken Schnitzel that can be prepared during Passover because it is made with matzo meal. Matzo meal coating, in my experience, can be a bit more fragile than a breadcrumb coating. I find the easiest way to flip them in the skillet is using a pair of tongs, rather than a spatula—this seems to be the best way to keep the coating intact. Coating in matzo cake meal before the egg dip also helps. The paprika in the mix is optional. Use whatever Kosher for Passover oil you prefer– I try to use oils with a high smoke point for frying, like grapeseed.
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 large breasts)
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup matzo cake meal
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup matzo meal
- 1 tbsp paprika (optional)
- Oil for frying (make sure your oil is kosher for Passover)
- Fresh lemon wedges or halves for garnish
You will also need
- Plastic wrap, mallet, skillet, paper towels
- Lay down a 2-foot long strip of plastic wrap on your kitchen countertop. Place chicken breasts on the plastic, leaving a 2-inch space between each breast. Cover the breasts with another strip of plastic, so the meat is sandwiched between two layers of plastic.
- Use a mallet to pound the breasts until they are a little less than ¼ inch thick.
- Season breasts with salt and pepper. Set up three wide, shallow bowls and a large plate on your countertop. In your first bowl, place the matzo cake meal. In your second bowl, beat the eggs. In your third bowl, stir together the matzo meal, paprika, and 1 tsp salt till well blended. Leave an empty plate nearby where you will place your coated schnitzels.
- Pour oil into a skillet until it’s deep enough for frying (about ½ inch). Heat the oil slowly over medium. While oil is heating, dip each breast one by one into your breading bowls, coating them on both sides with each ingredient. First coat with matzo cake meal...
- then with egg...
- then with the matzo meal mixture.
- The ideal temperature to fry schnitzel is around 375 degrees F. When the oil is hot (but not smoking or splattering), fry the coated breasts in single-layer batches until they are golden brown on both sides. If your oil is at the right temperature, it should take about 3-4 minutes per side. Don’t fry more than two breasts at a time in a regular sized skillet, or the oil temperature will drop and the schnitzels will become greasy.
- After frying, set the schnitzels on a paper towel and pat them dry to soak off excess oil.
- Sprinkle the schnitzels with salt to taste. Serve hot garnished with lemon wedges and your favorite condiment.