Lay down a 2-foot long strip of plastic wrap on your kitchen counter top. Place chicken breasts on the plastic, leaving a 2-inch space between each breast. Cover the breasts with another strip of plastic, so the meat is sandwiched between two layers of plastic. Use a mallet to pound the breasts until they are a little less than ¼ inch thick. Season breasts with salt and pepper.
Set up three larges plate on your counter top. In your first plate, beat the eggs with a hand whisk.
In your second bowl you can place the flour.
In the third plate you can place the bread crumbs and the fourth plate you can leave empty for the n coated schnitzels.
Pour oil into a skillet until its deep enough for frying (about ½ inch).
Coat each breast one by one into your plates first coat with the flour after seasoning the breasts, secondly dip them in the the eggs mixture and lastly dip them in the bread crumbs mixture, coating them very neatly with the crumbs.
Place them in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to set.
This step will let them look nice and firm and the crumbs will stick to the breast while frying.
Heat the oil on medium heat.
When the oil is hot (but not smoking or splattering), fry the coated breasts in single-layer batches until they are golden brown on both sides.
If your oil is at the right temperature, it should take about 3-4 minutes per side. Dont fry more than two breasts at a time in a regular sized skillet, or the oil temperature will drop and the schnitzels will become greasy.
The schnitzel coating will shed a bit during the frying process, which dirties the oil.
Frying up to four breasts in the oil (two batches of two breasts each, one immediately after the other) will work fine.
If you are planning on frying more than four breasts, dispose of the oil, clean the skillet, and reheat a batch of fresh oil before proceeding.
Or, you can let the oil cool and strain it clean between batches.
If you dont, youll wind up with some dirty looking schnitzels!After frying, set the schnitzels on a paper towel and pat them dry to soak off excess oil.
Serve this delicious chicken schnitzels with my home-made cheddar cheese sauce, also from the Smoking Chimney Website and a side salad.