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Chicken schnitzel/ Frango Panado

In this video I’m making a chicken schnitzel which means deep fried chicken. In Portugal we call it frango panado. I make it in a very easy way where I use the basic ingredients that are easily available in your pantry. And also I make bean rice and broccoli salad too. All the dishes are simple and delicious. Please watch the video until the end and try this dish.


7 steaks of Chicken (from two chicken breasts)

Salt and Black crushed Pepper to taste

2 large Eggs or 3 small medium Eggs

1.5 cups Bread crumbs

1 cup flour

A lemon wedges

To make Bean Rice

1 cup Rice

1 cup cooked Beans

2 cloves Garlic minced

1 normal Onion finely diced

Some finely chopped spring Coriander

1 medium Tomato finely diced

1 tbsp oil

2 Bay leaves

Salt to taste

Crushed black pepper to taste

To make Broccoli Salad

400g Broccoli

A handful spring coriander finely chopped

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tbsp Apple cider Vinegar

2 cloves Garlic minced

Some finely chopped spring Coriander

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Prepare chicken steaks. Take a steak and put it on a plastic wrapper and fold the wrapper over the steak then beat it to make it an even, so it takes no time to fry later. Repeat the same process for all the steaks.

Now, layer the beaten steaks up and sprinkle salt and pepper evenly to marinade then cover with a plastic wrapper and set aside in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Next, mince 2 cloves of garlic, finely dice an onion, chop a handful of coriander and dice a tomato and set aside for a bit.

Wash Rice and set aside. I'm using canned beans that I have rinsed in water. If you are cooking the beans then use the beans cooked broth to make the bean rice.

After 30 minutes, prepare for coating. Bread crumbs, flour and eggs, beat the eggs lightly no need to be very fine. Now, take a steak one by one and coat it evenly. First deep in the flour and eggs, after evenly coated, let it drop the excess liquid then it goes in the bread crumbs. Coat evenly, don’t press hard just sprinkle the crumb on it to make it light breading and easily gets crispier while we are frying. Keep a hand dry to work in the flour and the bread crumbs.

Now it's time to cook. To cook the rice. Heat a pot on medium heat, add in Olive Oil. Onion, bay leaves and the minced half of the garlic. Stir and cook until it's soft and translucent. Add the tomato, salt and black pepper. Combine and cook it covering until the tomato is cooked to soft and dries the juices. After the tomato is cooked, add the rice and stir it until the excess water dries then add the beans and combine it very well.

Add 3 cups of hot water. Combine it well again. Lid on and cook it on medium low heat for 6 minutes. Check the Rice and add chopped coriander and some salt after tasting it. Combine it, remove the bay leaves and our rice is ready.

To cook the broccoli, into boiling water put salt and the broccoli in. Give a little mix and cook it for 4 minutes, while it's cooking make a simple vinaigrette with olive oil, vinegar, minced garlic, chopped spring coriander, salt and pepper. Combine it well and set a side.

Broccoli has been cooking for 4 minutes. Remove the water and I’m gonna put it in a bowl. And pour the vinaigrette in it that we just made before. Combine it to coat it evenly and ready to serve..

To fry the chicken, Heat plenty of frying oil until it reaches the temperature between 170c to 180c. Here I use sunflower oil.

Put the breaded steak in, don’t make it crowded, now simply deep fry for 3 to 4 minutes flipping it over a couple of times and you will see nice color. These are very thin steaks so they cook fast.

This one is ready, put on a paper towel which observes the oil and set aside. Fry them all following the same way. Now, time to plate and enjoy.

First, the rice, broccoli and the deep fried chicken/schnitzel. Lemon wedge, some coriander and the black olives to garnish these are optional. Don’t forget to squeeze lemon on the schnitzel before serving.

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