This past holiday season I visited Vienna for the first time with my mom, brother and husband. We all had our fill of schnitzel. Back home, I combined elements from a few versions and a twist or 2 of my own. This dish can be made with veal, chicken or pork cutlets.
- 4 pieces chicken breast
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 eggs, divided
- 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- A handful flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced, divided, plus wedges for serving
- 4 to 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 jar roasted red peppers, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 heart romaine lettuce, shredded
- 8 anchovy fillets
- 4 tablespoons capers
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Place a baking sheet in oven to keep cooked cutlets crisp.
Butterfly the chicken breast pieces across the breast but not all the way through, open the meat up and set into a plastic food storage bag or 2 pieces waxed paper. Gently pound out each piece into very thin, large cutlets. Pile cutlets on a plate and season with salt and pepper.
Arrange a station for breading: flour, 2 beaten eggs, bread crumbs mixed with paprika, parsley and the zest of a lemon.
Heat just enough oil to coat the bottom of a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
Bread 2 cutlets in flour, then egg, then bread crumb mixture and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side, transfer to oven, add a bit more oil, if necessary, and repeat. Keep the cooked cutlets hot in the warm oven. Wipe pan clean, add 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil heat then add roasted red peppers, season with salt and pepper and wilt them 4 to 5 minutes.
While cutlets are in oven and peppers are cooking up, heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 4 eggs and fry to desired doneness, season with salt and pepper.
Arrange some lettuce on each dinner plate, top with 1 cutlet, and some of the lemon juice over top. Arrange some roasted red pepper strips, 2 anchovy fillets, 1 tablespoon capers and a fried egg, sunny-side up or over easy on top of the cutlets. Serve with lemon wedges.