For those cold wintery nights when you’re curled up with a glass of red wine and the latest Game of Thrones episode, you need a good hearty meal.
This Sunday, it happened to be chicken schnitzel.
All the gore and sex and general drama of Game of Thrones can get pretty intense, so this is honestly a perfect meal for the occasion. You can get out your meat-pounder device, or really anything you can hold in one hand and hit a chicken breast with, and channel your inner ‘Kingslayer’ while constructing a very nice and flavourful meal.
Chicken schnitzel recipe from my boyfriend, Ciaran, who learned the skills while living in Austria
Recipe for the sauce from http://germanfood.about.com/od/meatbasedrecipesandmenu/r/jaegerschnitzel.htm
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream, divided
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 tablespoons salt
Freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
For the chicken:
400 grams chicken breast
1 cup flour, for covering the chicken
3-4 eggs, lightly whisked
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
Oil, for frying
For the sauce:
Sauté onion until translucent, add sliced mushrooms, brown for 5 minutes. Add broth and wine, cook 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of half and half or cream, bring to a boil and simmer for several minutes. Mix remaining 2 tablespoons of cream with 2 tablespoons of flour. Add flour slurry to mushroom mixture and bring to a boil, stirring to avoid clumps. Add parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm while cutlets are cooked.
For the schnitzel:
Heat oil in a deep skillet, it should be enough to completely cover the schnitzel. Lay out cutlets on a cutting board and pound until thin (1/4 inch thick or less). Line up three bowls next to the cutlets. In the first, place the lightly whisked eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper. In the second, place the flour, and in the third, place the breadcrumbs. Cover one chicken breast in flour and then dip in the eggs, let the excess drip off, and then in the breadcrumbs. Repeat with each chicken breast. Once the oil is hot, you can test by dropping a piece of bread or a small piece of schnitzel in and seeing if it begins to fry, then add the schnitzels in and fry for about 3 minutes on each side. Fry only 1 or 2 at a time so they have enough space.
Serve with sauce and mashed potatoes. And lots of beer. Or wine. Feel free to embrace your inner Lannister and down a bucket of wine or prost to your German side with a refreshing wheat bier.