Schnitzel and Jäger Sauce

My family lived in Germany (called West Germany at the time we were there in the late 70s) when my dad was in the Army.  My mom learned to cook quite a few German dishes.  This plate of schnitzel and jäger sauce is one of our favorites.  

Traditionally made with pork, and called Wiener-Schnitzel,  she was introduced to it as chicken once and that is how we always eat ours now. The name for the chicken version is Hänchen-Schnitzel but we just call it schnitzel. Served with the sauce it is called Jäger-Schnitzel and if you put a slice of cheese on it, Käse-Schnitzel.  Sometimes we do both sauce and cheese so I laughed and asked if we were technically eating Jäger-Käse-Hänchen-Schnitzel?  Maybe so, but we'll keep it simple and say schnitzel and know that all will be available when served at our houses. 


Schnitzel and Jäger Sauce

For Jäger sauce:

One slice of bacon,cut up

8 ounce can of mushrooms, undrained

2 med onions, sliced thin

3-4 cups of water (or use beef broth and leave out bouillon cubes)

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 Tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet


For schnitzel:

boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 per person)

flour *

eggs, lightly beaten*

container bread crumbs*

canola oil


Add bacon to saucepan and cook until brown. Careful not to burn.

Add mushrooms with their juice, 

the sliced onions,

water, bouillon cubes (or beef broth) 

and lastly the Kitchen Bouquet.  

Boil until the onions are as soft as you like them.  Make a slurry out of cornstarch and water. Start with 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch and enough water to make it runny.  Add, while stirring, to the pan a little at a time. It should thicken up quickly. You may not need it all or you may need to make more slurry.  Each batch is different.


Dump some flour in a shallow dish or paper plate.

Add beaten eggs to a shallow dish and add some bread crumbs to a separate shallow dish or dump onto large sheet of waxed paper.

Coat the chicken with flour.

Then coat the chicken in the eggs. 

Coat the chicken with the bread crumbs.  If you use the waxed paper you can use the paper to push the bread crumbs up on the chicken to keep your hands clean.

Coat all your chicken while heating the oil.  

The oil should be heated in a large skillet.  You should have enough oil to cover about half of the chicken when it is placed in the pan.  Maybe 1/2 to 1".  You can test your oil by putting the end of a wooden spoon in your oil and it should bubble around it or if you are brave like me I sprinkle in a little bit of water and it bubbles.  Fry on one side until golden brown and then the other.  Approximately 3-4 minutes per side. 

Serve with spaetzle.  Growing up I did not like the gravy as it was full of onions and mushrooms.  I ate my schnitzel with a drizzle of lemon juice which is another traditional way of enjoying in. 


* Start with 2-3 eggs for 6-8 pieces of chicken.  Flour and bread crumbs can be added to your dishes as you coat your chicken and find yourself running out.


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