Recipe Time! – Crispy Chicken Schnitzel with Garlic-Onion Gravy and German Potato Salad

So last night when I was perusing Facebook, one of my old Army buddies asked a question about what he should cook for dinner last night. I sad German and also suggested some of the sauces that he could make. Well that got me thinking….I’m going to help a brotha out and share these recipes to make an awesome dinner!

Crispy Chicken Schnitzel with Garlic-Onion Gravy

What you need:
Cutlets:

  • Four 6-ounce chicken cutlets
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, for pan-frying
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Garlic-Onion Gravy:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

For the cutlets: Begin by pounding out the chicken cutlets. Working with 2 cutlets at a time, place between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat tenderizer, gently pound out each piece of chicken to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Work gently from the center outwards so as to keep it even and not tear the chicken. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.

Set up a breading station. Place the flour in a shallow bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix well. In a second shallow bowl, add the buttermilk, season with salt and pepper and mix well. In a third shallow bowl, add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Take each cutlet and dredge lightly in the flour. Shake off any excess, and then dip in the buttermilk. Finally, dredge in the breadcrumb mixture. Cover evenly on both sides, gently patting the crumbs into the chicken to help it stick. Place the breaded cutlets in a single layer on a platter and place uncovered in the fridge for 15 minutes – this will help the coating stick to the cutlet and prevent tearing when it comes time to cook them.

To cook the cutlets, set 2 large nonstick saute pans, cast-iron pans if available, over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to each and cook 2 cutlets in each pan for 3 to 4 minutes per side. When done, they will be golden brown and crispy. Transfer to an ovenproof pan and keep warm in the oven. Try not to keep the chicken in the oven longer than 15 minutes, otherwise it will dry out.

Now make the gravy: Set a medium saute pan with high sides over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic, onions and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until the onions are lightly caramelized and tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Deglaze with the white wine and reduce for 1 minute before adding the chicken broth. Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, and then add the cold butter cubes to the sauce. Remove from the heat and swirl the pan to melt the butter evenly – this will thicken the sauce and give it a nice sheen. Serve the chicken schnitzel with the garlic-onion gravy.

German Potato Salad

What you need:

2 pounds white new potatoes, cut in half
Kosher salt
Extra-virgin olive oil
8 bacon slices, cut into lardons
1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
Directions:

Toss the potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover generously with water and season generously with salt. Bring the pot to a boil and reduce to a simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and reserve.

Coat a large straight-sided saute pan lightly with olive oil. Toss in the bacon and bring the pan to a medium heat. When the bacon is brown and crispy, toss in the onions and cook them until they are very soft and aromatic, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the stock and vinegar. Toss in the potatoes when they are still warm and cook until the liquid has absorbed into the potatoes. Taste and season with salt if needed. Toss in the chives and serve warm or at room temperature.

Sides: Egg noodles
Wine paring: Riesling or sparkling wine

This is making my mouth water right now. I made a lot of schnitzel at home when I was living in Germany…that and salmon. heh heh. It just reminds me of a time where I had a lot of fun in my life….traveling and seeing the sights….just enjoying Germany in general.

I hope you have a lot of fun making this, just don’t beat the chicken when you’re angry…..you might not have anything left for dinner…..on the upside, you can make chicken meatballs! I hope this becomes a great trip around the world in the comfort of your own home.

God Bless!

 

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2 thoughts on “Recipe Time! – Crispy Chicken Schnitzel with Garlic-Onion Gravy and German Potato Salad

  1. This one is great! German cuisine I know pretty well and it makes part of our everyday cooking here in Croatia as well. This is good recipe, but oh boy when it is all written it sound so complicated 😀
    Thank you for great post and welcome back!

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    • I KNOW! But the thing is that I have made it before and that is the process that I went through as well. Just seems a bit much when written out.

      Thanks! I’m glad to be back. Internet or no internet, I would have been out for the count anyway. LOL! I guess it was a blessing in disguise.

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