Quick and Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel Recipe

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Prepare for a delicious and crispy treat with our easy-to-make Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel recipe. Tender chicken breasts coated in golden breadcrumbs and air-fried to perfection. Enjoy this classic dish without the mess and oil of traditional frying, served with a refreshing squeeze of lemon juice!

air fried chicken schnitzel, served on black plate

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Air fryer chicken schnitzel, recipe bite-shot, served on board

Ingredients for air fryer chicken schnitzel

Here are all you need to make crispy air fried chicken schnitzel.

  • Chicken breasts
  • Flour
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Regular breadcrumbs
  • Avocado oil
  • Lemon wedges

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.

Substitutes

If you’re out of eggs, try using buttermilk as a substitute to add moisture and tanginess to the chicken coating. In fact, you can marinate the chicken in buttermilk for 30 minutes for a more depth of flavor. But that’s optional.

More importantly, you can substitute chicken breasts with boneless chicken thighs. Luckily, the recipe (ingredients and instructions) for chicken thigh schnitzel air fryer is pretty much the same as this one.

Recipe Video

Here’s a video of a similar recipe that we’re going for.

How to Cook Chicken Schnitzel in an Air Fryer?

Don’t worry; you won’t need any fancy culinary skills for this one. Our Air Fryer Schnitzel Chicken recipe is perfect for any skill level and a breeze to prepare!

Step 1: Prepare the ingredients.

Start by arranging your breading station. Doing so helps keep things organized and makes the coating process a breeze.

Combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in one shallow dish. Mix until uniform. With the second container, whisk together eggs and milk. Finally, just the breadcrumbs in the third dish.

Now:

Lay each chicken breast on a cutting board and hold it flat with one hand. On the other hand, use a sharp knife to slice the chicken breast horizontally almost in half. Open the chicken breast like a book, ensuring it remains attached on one side. Repeat with the other chicken breast. 

Butterfly cut technique - chicken breast

This butterfly-cutting technique ensures faster cooking and even thickness.

Step 2: Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, set your desired temperature then let it cook for 5 minutes without food.

🚨 Important: Reduce the cooking temperature to 380°F (193°C) if you’re using a 4-quart air fryer or smaller. They are hotter due to the heating element being closer to the food.

Step 3: Bread the chicken.

Dredge each butterflied chicken into the flour mixture, coating both sides evenly. Gently shake off any excess flour.

Next, dip the floured chicken breasts into the egg and milk mixture, ensuring they‘re fully coated. Allow any excess egg mixture to drip off.

Lastly, press the chicken breasts into the breadcrumbs, ensuring they’re well-coated on all sides. The breadcrumbs will give the schnitzel its signature crispy exterior.

This recipe is actually similar to Air Fryer Chicken Parm, and it tastes good. You should try it next.

Step 4: Air Fry Chicken Schnitzel for 12 – 15 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC).

Arrange the chicken in your air fryer in a single layer, ensuring they don’t overlap. 

Spray with avocado oil. This step enhances the golden color and adds a touch of healthy fats to the Schnitzel.

Air fry at 400ºF (204ºC) for 12 – 15 minutes, flipping the Schnitzels halfway through cooking for even crispiness on both sides. After flipping, make sure to spray the other side with avocado oil.

To ensure the chicken is fully cooked, insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the Schnitzel. It should read 165ºF (74ºC).

Step 5: Serve and enjoy!

air fried chicken schnitzel, served on black plate

Once the chicken is cooked through and delightfully crispy, remove it from the air fryer. Allow the Schnitzels to rest for a minute or two before serving. This step helps the juices redistribute, keeping the chicken tender and flavorful.

Before serving, give the Schnitzels a refreshing squeeze of lemon juice. The zesty citrus flavor perfectly complements the savory chicken.

Finally, serve & enjoy your air-fried chicken schnitzel.

Accompany your schnitzel with your favorite sides. Creamy mashed potatoes, a tangy coleslaw, or a fresh green salad are all excellent choices for the meal.

💡 Pro Tip: For a delicious dipping sauce, mix mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. This garlic aioli adds an extra layer of flavor to the Schnitzel!

With our Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel recipe, you’ll have a delightful dish that’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Fry it to believe it!

Freezing & Storage

Freezing: To freeze, store the cooked chicken Schnitzel in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper. It will stay good for up to 2 months. However, let it cool to room temperature before storing it in the freezer.

When reheating from frozen, preheat your air fryer to 350ºF (177ºC) and cook the frozen Schnitzel for 15 – 18 minutes until heated through and crispy.

💡 Pro Tip: Create a big batch and freeze leftovers for quick, delicious meals on busy days!

Fridge: Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, pop them in the preheated air fryer, and cook for 5 – 7 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC) or until heated through and crispy.

Frequently Asked Questions

It takes 5 – 7 minutes to reheat chicken schnitzel in the air fryer at 350ºF (177ºC). Remember to check for doneness and adjust the time accordingly.

Yes, you can air fry chicken schnitzel, which can still produce a flavorful crispy dish without excessive oil. Simply follow the steps in our recipe

Air frying chicken schnitzel takes 12 – 15 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC). Flip the schnitzel halfway through to ensure even cooking and achieve that crispy, golden finish. Be sure to use an instant-read thermometer to check the chicken’s internal temperature, which should reach 165ºF (74ºC) for safe consumption.

prep time15 minutes
cooking time12 minutes
total cooking time27 minutes

Quick and Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel

courseDinner, Main Course
cuisineAmerican, German
Prepare for a delicious and crispy treat with our easy-to-make Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel recipe. Tender chicken breasts coated in golden breadcrumbs and air-fried to perfection. Enjoy this classic dish without the mess and oil of traditional frying, served with a refreshing squeeze of lemon juice!
air fried chicken schnitzel, served on black plate
5 from 1 vote
number of servings2

This ingredients checklist is interactive; you can use it as your grocery list.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup regular breadcrumbs
  • Avocado oil
  • Lemon wedges

Instructions
 

  • Set up breading station. Mix the all-purpose flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, whisk the eggs and milk together. The third container should have the breadcrumbs.
  • Prep the chicken. Lay one chicken breast on a cutting board. Hold it flat with one hand and use a sharp knife to slice it horizontally almost in half, keeping it attached on one side. Repeat with the other breast.
  • Pound the chicken. Lay the butterfly-cut chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, gently pound them to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC) for 5 minutes.
  • Bread the chicken. Dip each chicken breast into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Next, dip them into the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Then, press the chicken into the breadcrumbs, ensuring it's evenly coated.
  • Air fry the chicken schnitzel. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don't overlap. Then, spray with avocado oil generously. Air fry at 400ºF (204ºC) for 12 – 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked and golden brown. Don’t forget to flip halfway and spray with more avocado oil.
  • Once cooked, remove the Chicken Schnitzel from the air fryer and let them rest for a minute or two before serving.
  • Serve and enjoy your air fried chicken schnitzel. For an extra pop of taste, drizzle some freshly squeezed lemon juice onto the chicken. Pair them with your favorite side dishes like mashed potatoes or a salad for a delightful meal!

Notes

  • Remember that cooking durations may differ depending on the chicken’s thickness and your air fryer’s size and model. Before serving, ensure it has been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165ºF (74ºC).
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 380°F (193°C) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food. 
  • You can skip preheating by adding 2-4 minutes to your cooking time. Increment gradually to prevent burning the chicken schnitzel.
  • I used a 6-quart (air fryer) to test the chicken schnitzel. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 309mg | Sodium: 1131mg | Potassium: 1045mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 812IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 5mg
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