Sesame and Pistachio Chicken Schnitzel with Turkish Salad

Serves: 4-5
Prep: 20 minutes
Cooks In: 15-20 minutes

Sesame and Pistachio Chicken Schnitzel with Turkish Salad

This is a great way of jazzing up chicken schnitzel in a healthy delicious way! Try it with the sumac – it gives a lemony flavour to the chicken that tastes amazing.

Coating chicken schnitzel in a mix of spices and finely chopped pistachios makes for a super tasty coating that is also gluten-free! The salad is simple but works perfectly with the chicken and hummus for a well balanced tasty dinner the whole family will love. If you can’t find sumac, you can always substitute with the finely grated zest of 1 lemon. You could add some warm Turkish bread on the side or homemade sweet potato fries if you want more carbohydrates.


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Sesame and pistachio chicken schnitzel

  • sesame seeds 2 tablespoons
  • sumac 3 teaspoons (optional)
  • pistachios ½ cup, finely chopped
  • salt 1 teaspoon
  • chicken breast 4 boneless and skinless
  • oil 2-3 tablespoons

Turkish salad

  • telegraph cucumber 1, diced
  • cherry tomatoes 1 punnet, halved
  • red onion ½, thinly sliced
  • avocado 1 firm ripe, sliced
  • mint leaves ½ cup sliced
  • feta 100g, crumbled
  • lemons juice of 1 ½

To serve

  • hummus 1 cup


Preheat oven to 180°C/355 Fahrenheit.

  1. Mix sesame seeds, sumac (if using), pistachio nuts and salt together. Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally to make thin schnitzel pieces (to do this, lay a chicken breast on a chopping board and place one hand flat on top to hold it steady while you cut through with the knife in your other hand). Coat liberally in pistachio mix.
  1. Heat oil in a large fry pan (preferably non-stick) on medium heat. Cook schnitzels in batches, for 2 – 3 minutes on each side until golden brown, then transfer to an oven dish and finish off cooking in oven for 5 minutes.
  1. Combine all salad ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • To serve, place chicken schnitzels and salad on plates and serve with a good dollop of hummus on the side.
Nutritional Information Per Serving
7.0 g
4.9 g
Total Fat
31.9 g
40.9 g