Chicken breast sliced and spread with mayo, then dipped in panko crumbs makes the quickest and most delicious schnitzel/nugget ever. They freeze really well too.






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  • 3-4 chicken breast fillets (about 1 kg)
  • 340 g (1 cup) mayonnaise
  • 150 g (2½ cups) panko breadcrumbs
  • rice bran oil, for shallow frying
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 500 g beans, topped
  • 100 g (1 cup) pitted Sicilian olives, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • ½ lemon, zest and juice
  • 50 g (½ cup) grated haloumi
  • lemon wedges, to serve

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. Slice chicken breast into 1 cm-thick strips. Place the chicken and mayonnaise in a bowl and stir until the chicken is well coated.
  2. Place the panko crumbs in a shallow bowl, then press then press the chicken into the crumbs to coat well and place on baking paper lined tray.  
  3. Pour about ½ cm rice bran oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. You can check the temperature of the oil by dropping a panko crumb into the oil, and if it bubbles then it is hot enough to start cooking. Pan fry the chicken pieces for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towel.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add the green beans and cook for 4 minutes or until beginning to slightly char. Season well, then reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and the olives and fry for another 2 minutes or until the garlic is cooked and starting to colour, then remove from the heat.
  5. Transfer the beans to a serving platter, and while still hot, top with the zest, haloumi, lemon juice and a drizzle of oil. Serve with the chicken schnitzel.



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