Another family favorite with a bit of twist. I found this recipe from Australian’s Women’s Weekly cookbook a few years back, served it to the children at the daycare center and they loved it. The hint of lemon pepper added to the breadcrumbs was a good idea. This is one quick meal to prepare as well for easy nights or relaxing weekends. I made this for dinner the other night and served it with bean and tomato salad, simple yet delightful.
Lemon and Pepper Schnitzel
- 4 breast fillets (or you can use tenderloins, allow 3-4 pieces per person)
- 1/4 cup plain flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tbs milk
- 1 cup packaged breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup lemon pepper
- vegetable oil, for shallow frying
1. Using meat mallet, gently pound chicken, one piece at a time, between sheets of plastic wrap until 1 cm thick. If you are using tenderloins, you don’t need to pound them but just gently press them flat with your palm.
2. Whisk flour, egg, milk together in a shallow bowl; combine breadcrumbs and lemon pepper in a second shallow bowl. Coat chicken pieces, first in egg mixture then in breadcrumb mixture.
3. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan; shallow fry chicken, until browned and cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper.
For the bean and tomato salad:
- 400g green beans (or you can mix yellow and green beans together to add more color, for visual appeal to your salad)
- 4 medium tomatoes (I use truss tomatoes for salads as I find them richer and sweeter in taste), seeded and sliced thickly
- 50g watercress sprigs
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs white wine vinegar (you can use red wine vinegar if you wish)
- 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 2 tbs coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
- 2 tbs coarsely chopped fresh chervil
- 2 tsp drained green peppercorns, crushed
1. Boil, steam or microwave beans until tender and to your liking. Personally, I prefer crisp vegetables especially when serving them as part of a salad mix.
2. Once done, rinse beans under cold water; drain.
3. Place beans in a large bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients; toss to gently combine. Cover and refrigerate until required.
Plate up and enjoy a simple but delightful meal!