Chicken Schnitzel with Slaw

  • 4
  • 10 minutes
  • 10 minutes

The classic schnitzel is a fillet of meat, most often veal as in the Vienna schnitzel from Austria, which is thinly sliced and tenderised, then dusted lightly in seasoned flour, dipped in egg and dredged in breadcrumbs before being pan-fried in oil or butter until golden and crispy.

Course: Main
Recipe contains: Nuts, Egg

  • 4 free-range chicken breast or thigh fillets
  • 200 g (7oz) almond meal, plus extra if needed
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 60 g (2oz) tapioca
  • 3 organic free-range eggs
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 400 ml (14oz) coconut oil
  • coleslaw with chervil dressing, to serve (see recipe)
  • lemon wedges, to serve
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This paleo version is equally tasty but a lot better for you! I use arrowroot or coconut flour instead of wheat flour to dust, and the crumbing mix is almond meal mixed with some spices. For extra crunch, you can also add finely chopped nuts or seeds, or even shredded coconut, to your crumbing mix.

Place the chicken between two sheets of baking paper and pound with a meat mallet to 1 cm (1/3 inch) thickness. Combine the almond meal and dried spices in a shallow bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Place the tapioca flour in another shallow bowl. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs and coconut milk until well combined.


Dust the pounded chicken with the tapioca flour, shaking off any excess. Working with one piece at a time, dip the chicken in the egg mixture, then evenly coat with the almond meal mixture.


Heat the coconut oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat until it reaches around 160°C (325°F/Gas 3). (To test, place a tiny piece of chicken in the oil – if it starts to bubble around the chicken immediately, the oil is ready.) Shallow fry the crumbed chicken for 3–5 minutes on both sides, or until golden and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve


Serve the chicken schnitzels whilst hot with the coleslaw and fresh lemon wedges.