Almond-crumbed chicken schnitzel with fennel & nashi salad

If it sounds nuts, it's because it is.

  • 45 mins cooking + refrigeration
  • Serves 4
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This recipe and more delicious healthy recipes can be found in our book, Detox Diet.
This almond-crusted chicken schnitzel recipe is perfect for a simple midweek dinner. It's also gluten-free and grain-free, so even sensitive tummies can enjoy!
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  • 2 large chicken breast fillets (400g), halved horizontally
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (120g) almond meal
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup 80ml) extra virgin olive oil
Fennel & nashi salad
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 medium fennel bulb (300g), quartered
  • 1 medium nashi (200g), sliced thinly
  • 4 red radishes (140g), trimmed, cut into thin wedges
  • 4 cups (240g) chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup (40g) shaved parmesan


  • 1
    Pound chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap or baking paper with a rolling pin or meat mallet until 1cm (½in) thick.
  • 2
    Lightly beat egg and 2 teaspoons water in a shallow dish. Combine almond meal, garlic, rind and parsley in a shallow dish; season. Dip chicken, one piece at a time, in egg; then dip in almond mixture to coat, pressing firmly. Place on a plate, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, make fennel and nashi salad: Place oil and juice in a screw-top jar; season, shake well to combine. Reserve fronds from fennel. Using a mandoline or V-slicer, shave fennel. Place shaved fennel in a medium bowl with nashi, radish and lettuce; toss gently to combine. Just before serving, add dressing, parmesan and reserved fennel fronds; toss to combine.
  • 4
    Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat; cook schnitzels for 4 minutes on each side or until just cooked through. Drain on paper towel.
  • 5
    Serve schnitzels with salad.


If nashi are not in season, use apple, pear or even orange instead.
Fennel fronds can be refrigerated in a bag; use in place of dill in salads, sprinkle over cooked pork or fish, or chop and stir into casseroles.

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