Chicken of the Woods Schnitzel (Deep Fried)

chicken of the woods schnitzel

Chicken of the woods schnitzel is a battered, vegetarian version of the traditional schnitzel that most of us know. The chicken of the woods mushroom is first covered in flour, then dipped in eggs, and finally covered in a bread crumb/spice mix and deep fried in oil.

Chicken of the woods is known as a great substitute to meat, and it even has a structure and flavor very similar to chicken, hence the name. Making chicken of the woods schnitzel is therefore a great way to taste the wonderful mushroom and to try a great, vegetarian alternative to chicken schnitzel.

Make sure to only forage young and fresh chicken of the woods, and check for snail bites underneath the mushroom.

You can also make a chicken of the woods burger by adding the chicken of the woods schnitzel instead of beef.

chicken of the woods foraging
chicken of the woods schnitzel before frying

Chicken of the woods schnitzel

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 14 ounces (400 grams) chicken of the woods, fresh
  • ½ cup (70 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (140 grams) bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Neutral frying oil


  • Fresh lemon wedges
  • Sesame seeds
  • Flake salt


  • Brush clean the chicken of the woods.
  • Set out three medium-sized bowls on the table.
  • Add flour to the first bowl.
  • In the second bowl, beat the eggs with 2 tablespoons of water.
  • In the third bowl, stir together bread crumbs, paprika powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Take a piece of chicken of the woods and place it in the flour bowl, turn it around and make sure it is completely covered. Tap a few times on the floured mushroom to remove any excess flour.
  • Now place the floured mushroom in the bowl with the beaten eggs and make sure it gets covered well in the egg mixture.
  • Finally place the chicken of the woods into the bread crumb mixture. Again make sure it gets covered well.
  • Place all battered chicken of the woods on a plate and continue the process until all chicken of the woods are battered.
  • Heat up neutral frying oil in a medium-sized pot. Try to reach a temperature of about 375 degrees Fahrenheit/190 degrees Celsius.
  • Add a few mushrooms at a time into the hot oil in the pot and fry until golden and crispy.
  • Sprinkle with flake salt, sesame seeds and serve immediately with wedges of lemons on the side.
Keyword chicken of the woods
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1 Comment

  1. 5 stars
    this was really good 👍 tastes just like a chicken patty in my chicken Sammie. I was out of garlic powder…could have used a little more spice in the batter. I also put flour and panko together..made a nice crust.

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