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Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel

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If you’re looking for a quick and tasty dinner, this recipe for air fryer chicken schnitzel may be just the thing for you. The chicken is succulent, the crumb is perfectly crisp, and it cooks in no time in the air fryer. 

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Sliced chicken schnitzel on a wooden board.
Air fryer chicken schnitzel.

How to make chicken schnitzel in an air fryer

Prep time is less than five minutes, just mix flour, eggs, and salt and pepper in a bowl, and dip the chicken in the mixture. Then, dip the chicken into breadcrumbs, and and fry away! When it’s done, you can slice it up and dip it in tartar sauce. This recipe will give you the perfect crispy-on-the-outside- juicy-on-the-inside chicken that you’re craving.

For some other quick and easy air fryer chicken recipes, try: air fryer chicken breast, air fryer chicken wings, air fryer chicken thighs.  

Scroll down for the printable recipe card for this air fryer chicken schnitzel recipe, or read on for all the details! 

Ingredients

Chicken breast. I use boneless skinless chicken breast for the easiest prep. You can also use ready prepared chicken steaks or schnitzel-sliced chicken breast if they are available at your grocery store. You can also use other types of meat for this recipe, see my recipes for air fryer beef schnitzel and air fryer pork schnitzel for more info. 

Breadcrumbs. This recipe calls for panko crumbs for the breading. I like to use these as they tend to come out crisper and lighter, but you can use whatever type of bread crumbs you like. Use fine white breadcrumbs for a classic chicken schnitzel. 

Flour. Just use regular all-purpose flour. 

Egg. This helps to bind the crumb to the schnitzels. If you don’t have any eggs, you could use mayonnaise instead.

Herbs: I like to use Italian herbs, rosemary, basil, parsley, and oregano. However, you can substitute any herb or spice blend you like with chicken.

Grated Parmesan cheese (optional): You can add grated Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs for a chicken-Parmesan-style schnitzel. Not a classic chicken schnitzel, but delicious nonetheless. 

Directions

Step 1: Prep schnitzels. Carefully slice the chicken breast is half – place your hand flat on top of the chicken breast and use a sharp knife to slice through the chicken breast horizontally to cut it into two steaks. Place the chicken steaks between slices of parchment, and roll them with a rolling pin until they are thin. Alternatively use a kitchen hammer/ meat mallet. 

Step 2: Add breading to chicken schnitzels. Place the flour in a large bowl. Place the bread crumbs in a separate shallow bowl. Add chicken into the flour and toss to coat. Add the egg to the same bowl with the chicken, split the yolk, and toss to ensure each chicken piece is thoroughly coated.

This is a good time to preheat the air fryer (360°F /180°C).

Place each piece of chicken into the bowl with breadcrumbs, and turn to coat thoroughly. Transfer to a plate, and press the breadcrumb coating onto the chicken to help it stick.

Step 3: Air fry chicken schnitzels. Arrange chicken schnitzels in air fryer basket in a single layer. Ensure they are not touching. You may need to cook the schnitzels in batches or use a layer accessory depending on the size of your air fryer. Note: If your air fryer basket is prone to food sticking, you can give it a spritz of olive oil before placing the schnitzels in it.

Air fry chicken schnitzel until golden brown and cooked through. This will take approximately 10-12 minutes. The exact cooking time will depend on how thick the schnitzels are and how powerful your air fryer is. Check the internal temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure that it has reached the safe temperature of 165°F/ 74°C, and air fry for additional 1-2 minutes if required.

Note: Some air fryers require food to be flipped over half way through the cooking time (check your manual if you are unsure whether this applies to your air fryer).

If you don’t have an air fryer you can also pan fry these schnitzels with a drizzle of oil, or cook them in a regular oven (place on a lined baking tray, and bake for 10-12 minutes at 430°F/220°C). 

Prepared chicken schnitzels in air fryer basket.
Place the chicken schnitzel in the air fryer basket.
Cooked chicken schnitzel in air fryer basket with instant-read meat thermometer - 169F.
Air fry chicken schnitzel until golden brown and 165F/ 74C in the center of the thickest part.

Serving

Chicken schnitzel makes a great weeknight dinner, and I love that it can be served so many ways. Here are some ideas to try:  

  • Pair with a side of slaw and wedges for a tasty family dinner
  • Serve in a bun with salad and ranch dressing or lemon herb mayo
  • Pile on slices of bread with slaw or salad for the most delicious crispy chicken sandwiches
  • Thinly slice, and serve in tacos with salad, salsa, cheese and sour cream.

Storing and reheating

Store any leftover chicken schnitzels in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and use within 3 days.

You can reheat the schnitzels in the air fryer, air fry for 3-4 minutes until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in the microwave (in a microwave-safe dish, cover with plastic wrap vented at one corner), for 2-3 minutes on high.

Air fryer chicken schnitzel recipe card

Sliced chicken schnitzel on a wooden board.
Yield: 2 Servings

Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

How to make chicken schnitzel in an air fryer. 

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Pat chicken breast dry, then cut in half horizontally through the center.
  2. Place the chicken steaks between two pieces of parchment or baking paper, and roll them with a rolling pin until they are around ½ inch thick.
  3. Place breadcrumbs, and herbs in a large shallow bowl. Mix the flour and salt in another large bowl, place chicken into flour and toss to coat.
  4. Add egg to the bowl with the chicken, split the yolk, and toss to coat.
  5. Preheat air fryer to 360°F (180°C).
  6. Place each piece of chicken schnitzel into the breadcrumbs, and turn to coat thoroughly. Transfer to a plate, and press the panko crumbs onto the chicken to help them stick.
  7. Place chicken schnitzels in air fryer basket [Note 1]. Ensure they are not touching. You may need to cook the schnitzels in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  8. Air fry chicken schnitzels until golden brown and at least 165°F/74°C in the center [Note 2]. This will take approximately 10-12 minutes. Carefully turn the schnitzels halfway through the cooking time if required for your air fryer [Note 3].

Notes

  1. If your air fryer tends to stick to food, spritz the basket with olive oil before placing the schnitzels in it.
  2. Use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature in the thickest part to ensure it has reached the safe temperature of 165°F/74°C.
  3. Some air fryers require food to be turned halfway through cooking. Please check your manual if you are unsure whether this is required for your air fryer.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 1005mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 30g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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