Almond-Flaxseed Turkey Schnitzel

Having a solid schnitzel recipe is a great idea because it’s super easy to make for busy evenings. With Chanukah just around the corner, we thought this would be a fun recipe for at least one of the eight nights of celebration! Turkey, chicken, or veal cutlets, dipped in egg and matzo or bread crumbs and sautéed until crispy is always a fan favorite. Who doesn’t love chicken strips? But, this is a healthier version using almond flour and flaxseed meal. 

Turkey or Chicken Schnitzel with Almond Flour and Flaxseed Meal … Gluten-free!

Lately, we’ve been dipping the cutlets in seasoned almond flour and flaxseed meal and it’s a whole new ball game! Love it this way, because the schnitzel takes on a nubby, crispy edge, which we love! The flavor of the flaxseed meal is so rich and the almond flour gives just the perfect tenderness to the crust. Plus it just feels healthy to be eating flax seeds, because they are loaded with nutrients, Omega-3 Fats, and dietary fiber. Yay! I’ll bet you feel healthier just reading about this recipe!

I got the idea from Kiere’s gluten-free focaccia, which uses gluten-free baking flour in combination with almond flour and flaxseed meal. I have to say, this is going to be my new go-to schnitzel. So yummy! My favorite condiment for turkey schnitzel is red onion jam and if you haven’t tried it … you will be hooked!

Healthy Almond-Flaxseed Turkey Schnitzel

My mother-in-law used to make turkey schnitzel for special family dinners and we all loved it. In those days, she always used turkey cutlets, but lately, I’ve had some difficulty finding them at my market. If you have a nice, accommodating butcher, they can make cutlets for you from turkey breast, or you can do it yourself, or chicken tenders are a great substitute, which we do when we can’t find the turkey. 
In either case, you will pound the meat between layers of plastic wrap until it’s about 1/4 –inch thick, dredge it in egg, and roll wrap it in crumbs of one sort or another. Sometimes, we add Dijon mustard to the egg wash to give it a different flavor and sometimes we mix the crumbs with finely grated Parmesan cheese. It’s always fun to add a new twist to your favorite schnitzel recipes.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. turkey cutlets can also use chicken tenders
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard optional
  • 1 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup extra-fine almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • Garnishes:
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges
  • Several sprigs of Italian parsley

Instructions

  • In batches, place turkey cutlets or chicken tenders in between two sheets of plastic wrap. Pound with a meat pounder until about 1/4-inch thick. Set aside on a plate.
  • Mix lemon pepper, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic powder with flaxseed meal and spread out onto a tray or a dinner plate. *If you want to use Parmesan cheese, add it to this mixture.
  • Mix egg with milk and Dijon in a shallow bowl or a pie dish. Dip each cutlet or tender in this mixture to completely cover.
  • Dredge moistened cutlets in almond flour-flaxseed meal mixture until thoroughly coated on all sides.
  • Heat oil in a skillet and cook over medium heat until browned. Flip cutlets to brown the other side. Reduce heat and continue to cook until cooked through.

Notes

*To make this even lighter, you can use cooking spray in place of the oil, but we do like the oil because it makes a crispier crust.
Serve with lemon and parsley garnish and a large spoonful of red onion jam!
Dip cutlets in the egg mixture and then seasoned almond flour and flaxseed meal mixture.

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