Chicken Schnitzel Wrap with Everything Bagel Ranch is that comforting, easy meal you have been craving!
Holy schnitzel, this Chicken Schnitzel Wrap is delicious! And don’t get me started on the Everything Bagel Ranch. I mean is there anything that spice does not work on? Maybe brownies, but like pretty much everything else. And I haven’t tried it on brownies so I’m not totally knocking that anyway. It might work. P.S. there is a parve and dairy version of the ranch to fit all your kosher and lactose-tolerating needs.
Anyway, hiii – how are you? Here in Puerto Rico we are allowed to walk outside now, which is exciting!!! Until now you could only go out for essentials, so we opted to get groceries delivered and didn’t leave the apartment at all. Don’t feel too bad for us, we do have a beach-front balcony, and ModernTribe is as busy as ever so no complaints here. But that first walk was nothing short of thrilling! Normally when I go for a walk I need to be chatting on the phone or listening to music or both to occupy myself but not this time. The simple act of moving (and running away from the few people not wearing masks *shakes fist*) was enjoyable enough.
The days go by surprisingly fast even when you don’t leave! We wake up, have some coffee and work, make lunch (often tacos), work some more, and I do a TV Zumba class or workout with our new Oculus (so fun!), dinner, watch a few episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, read a bit and it’s time for bed. With some laundry and cleaning in between. Wheeee!
Anyway, I had asked you on Instagram what kinds of recipes you’re looking for these strange days, and sort of expected all challah and sourdough (though I’ve got a bread recipe coming soon) but was pleasantly surprised to hear easy meals! Because honestly, that’s how we are cooking right now. We are making all sorts of homemade meals from Thai curries to Puerto Rican whole fried snapper to my favorite chicken shawarma, but it’s all relatively healthy, fresh food for meals.
We have been lucky to get amazing local food, but that means we can’t get every ingredient. Mostly we are missing jalapenos. But fresh-caught tuna makes up for it for sure! The tomatoes we got this week are these colorful green and red cherry tomatoes. So good!
And we don’t have any chicken breasts so I used chicken thighs to make this schnitzel and of course, it was delicious! Use what you’ve got. Have you ever seen anything so perfect? You could also dip these strips in the Everything Bagel Ranch (drool) or top a salad with them.
Pro tip: toast your tortillas in a pan with a little oil or schmaltz for next level wrap success.
You can go meshugenah with the toppings but I suggest Israel salad inspired cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions. I meant to top the whole thing with za’atar or more everything bagel spice so do that too! I was too excited to eat it.
If you’re wondering, Amy, how did you wrap this giant sandwich? Then you are smarter than I am because it was very hard to wrap but I managed. And yes, I got Everything Bagel Ranch all over my face.
- 3 chicken thighs (or two breasts) about 1.5 pounds
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 cup matzah meal (or Panko breadcrumbs)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, divided
- Oil for frying
- Two large wraps
- Garnishes: lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, lemon, za'atar etc.
- Everything Bagel Ranch (use the parve version if you keep kosher)
- Place a large piece of plastic wrap on a counter or cutting board and place the chicken pieces down, spaced a few inches apart.
- Cover chicken with more plastic wrap and pound to about ¼ inch thin with a mallet or heavy pan. Pound out your quarantine anger and frustrations! Dry the chicken well.
- Put the flour, whisked egg and matzo meal each in three separate shallow bowls. Season the flour with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and season the matzo meal with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Some sesame seeds are nice in there too if you have them!
- Heat ½ inch oil in a 12-inch saute pan over medium heat until 375 degrees F. Set aside a cooling rack.
- Meanwhile, coat each chicken breast in flour, shake it off, then egg, drip it off, then matzo meal. Use alternative hands or tongs for the dry and wet dipping so your hands stay clean-ish!
- Fry chicken in oil 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Chicken should sizzle when you add it to the pan.
- Cool the chicken slightly on a cooling rack.
- Drain nearly all of the oil from the pan and fry the wraps on both sides over high heat until slightly charred. This step is optional but adds more flavor and crunch.
- Slice the chicken and place in the wrap with toppings. Top with Everything Bagel Ranch - use the parve version if you keep kosher.