I will leave it to you to decide if I am the best stepmother ever or the worst. As we rushed through the supermarket to buy more potatoes for latkes, I suggested to my stepdaughter that I could make Chicken Schnitzel (one of her favorite dishes) for our Hanukkah supper. Since it is traditional to eat fried foods it would make as good a holiday meal as the latkes.
“Yes” she cried “latkes and fried chicken for dinner!” I had meant that I would serve one or the other along with perhaps some steamed brocoli or a nice green salad but somehow we ended up gleefully leaving the market with chicken and potatoes, but not another vegetable in sight. I proceeded to make my family the Jewish holiday equivalent of a KFC Double Down for dinner. Healthy it was not, but as a once a year treat, this dinner was a winner!
1 pound of chicken cutlets or about 4 pieces
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
dash of paprika, salt & pepper
oil for frying
Pound the cutlets between sheets of wax paper
Mix the paprika, salt & pepper into flour
Mix breadcrumbs with cheese and Italian seasoning
Beat eggs with milk
Dredge each cutlet in flour and then dip in egg mixture and then into breadcrumbs
Heat about 1/2″ of oil in large frying pan
Fry the cutlets until golden brown on both sides and cooked through
Serve with latkes and lots of homemade apple sauce
If you are serving a kosher-style meal, substitute water for milk and replace the cheese with more breadcrumbs.