Playing Rachael's Paprika Chicken Schnitzel with Spiced White Cabbage and Apples

The sweet and savory combo of hard-cider-braised cabbage and apples is the perfect match for crispy breaded chicken.

Ingredients
For the Paprika Chicken Schnitzel:
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied open and gently pounded 1/8-inch-thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 3/4 - 1 cup flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup panko
  • About 1/8 tablespoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon paprika, scant palmful
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic, half palmful
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • A small handful flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Frying oil, such as safflower or canola, about 1/2 inch in wide pan
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
For the Spiced White Cabbage and Apples:
  • 1 tablespoon olive, canola or safflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 apples, such as Gala or Honeycrisp, peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 1 small (1 pound) white cabbage, trimmed, quartered, cored and shredded
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed, 1/3 palmful
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed, 1/3 palmful
  • A pinch ground allspice
  • A few juniper berries, optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 round tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup cider or hard cider
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Yield
Serves: 4
Preparation

For the schnitzel, season chicken with salt and pepper and set up breading station in shallow dishes: flour, eggs beaten with Dijon mustard, breadcrumbs and panko combined and seasoned with salt, pepper, nutmeg, paprika, garlic, onion, parsley and lemon zest.  

To a large shallow pan, over medium to medium-high heat, add about ½ inch of frying oil. Coat chicken in flour, eggs and breadcrumbs and fry 2 at a time about 3 minutes on each side. Remove to wire rack to drain. Cutlets can be held in a 275˚F oven until ready to serve.

For the cabbage and apples, heat a large deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium to medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon oil, melt butter into oil and add onion, soften 5 minutes, then add apples and cabbage and season with caraway, cumin, allspice, juniper, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Stir to toast seeds and combine. Add sugar and cider or hard cider, partially cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to tender, then stir in the vinegar and remove bay leaves to serve.

Serve the schnitzel with lemon wedges and cabbage and apples on the side.