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Chicken Schnitzel with White BBQ Sauce

By: Hannah Lee Leidy

Food Culture of the South

Photo by: James Smith

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Serves 4

    For the chicken schnitzel:
  • 8 boneless
  • skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 cups clarified butter
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • For the white BBQ sauce:
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, grafted
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Special equipment: Deep-fry thermometer
  1. Make the schnitzel: Salt the chicken thighs and set aside to rest at room temperature for 1 hour. Place the flour, eggs, and panko in separate shallow bowls. Dredge the chicken in flour, then egg, then panko. (This can be done up to 2 days in advance and kept in fridge.)
  2. In a cast-iron skillet fitted with the deep-fry thermometer, heat clarified butter to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a brown paper bag. Lower chicken into oil and fry until golden brown on each side, about 10 minutes per side. Using tongs, transfer thighs to drain on prepared baking sheet. Let rest a few minutes, then serve with a wedge of lemon and sauce for dipping.
  • Adapted from Black, White, and The Grey by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano. Copyright © 2021.

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