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Chicken Schnitzel


Ingredients...

  • 2-3 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour for dredging.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil for frying

Optional Sauce...

  • 1 can low fat Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1/4 cup skim milk

Here's how you do it...

  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts. To Butterfly... With your hand placed flat on top of the chicken breast, cut into the meat at the thickest part. Continue cutting into the meat until you have it nearly cut in half. Do not cut all the way through. You want to keep the breast attached on one side. Open the flap you created as if you were opening a book. If you cut the breast in half it's alright. You will just have smaller pieces of schnitzel. It's perfectly acceptable, in fact, some prefer it.
  2. In a plastic bag, or between 2 sheets of plastic wrap... pound out each section of chicken until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of each piece with salt and pepper.
  4. On a large plate or pie dish dredge the pieces in the whole wheat flour. Shake off excess.
  5. Heat your pan to medium on your stove top.
  6. Put olive oil in the heated pan.
  7. Using tongs carefully place each flour dredged piece into the pan. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  8. Fry on each side 4-5 min until golden brown.
  9. As the pieces are done remove them from the pan and cover onto a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  10. When all the meat is cooked and out of the pan... pour the Cream of Mushroom Soup into the pan.
  11. Add the skim milk and stir to mix until blended and the mixture has simmered for a few minutes and appears bubbly and thick.
  12. Spoon over your Schnitzel to serve.
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