Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites

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3 ingredients is all that’s required to make basic Flaxseed Schnitzels, but to lend a little kick to these juicy chicken bites I added a dash of spice and served them with a red fruit jam. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free. 

Spicy Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites

When I sat down to write this post last night, it really struck me. I should start keeping a gratitude journal so that I can remember all of the things, and people, and situations, and friendships and good deeds bestowed upon me, and be thankful and give something back.

I have always been tempted to buy one, but luck had it that Mr Chipconnoisseur’s sister, K, actually gave me one to keep as a little farewell gift at the end of our weekend in Boonah.

Spicy Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites

Last night I wrote this:

1) I am grateful for Mr Chippy, the little girl and little boy – thank you for being so good, so understanding, honest, funny and supportive.

| Especially, when I promised you some baked gluten free donuts and they didn’t work out because the recipe needed more work, and thanks for eating that sugar-free cake I tested with such brave faces. I have a sweet dumpling plan to make it up to you.

2) I am grateful for you, my readers – thank you for coming to visit my blog and making me smile every time you leave a new comment, all thoughts are welcome.

| This blog would not be where it is today without you.

3) Lastly, I am grateful for M, who has been a really good friend and who, in adopting a gluten-free diet recently, discovered that ground flaxseeds make for a great schnitzel crust and shared the idea with me.

| This post would not have been possible without you. And, as a self-professed Schnitzelconnoisseur myself, I’m actually quite impressed with this flaxseed alternative to the traditional crust. To find out more about flaxseed go here.

So, tell me dear reader, what have you been most grateful for recently? And what do you think of this Schnitzel crust idea?

Spicy Flaxseed Chicken Schnitzel Bites

Me? I love all those simple, uncomplicated recipes that are made with 5 ingredients or less. Many of them are quite ingenious, as is the case with this one. Now, I’ve used a mixture of paprika, chilli, ginger and cumin in mine, but any dried, ground spice mix would work here as well; Chinese five spice, Middle Eastern Zataar, Sichuan salt and pepper or a simple Italian dried herb mix. To find out more about flaxseed go here.

Spicy Flaxseed Chicken Schnitzel Bites

Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites
Recipe type: chicken, schnitzel, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, allergy-friendly, healthy
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Serves: 1
I've used chicken thighs in this recipe because I find they don;t dry out as easily as breast meat, but you can use 1 breast in this recipe if you prefer. In terms of spices, I made up a mixture of paprika, chilli, ginger and cumin in mine, but any dried, ground spice mix would work here as well; Chinese five spice, Middle Eastern Zataar, Sichuan salt and pepper or a simple Italian dried herb mix. to find out more about flaxseed go here.
For the Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites:
  • 2 organic chicken thighs, or 1 chicken breast, skin removed
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed (I used brown)
  • 1 tsp each paprika, ground ginger, ground cumin
  • pinch of chilli
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
To serve:
  • lemon cheek
  • red fruit (raspberry, lingonberry) jam
To make the Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites:
  1. Trim chicken meat of excess fat. Cut into 1 inch-sized pieces.
  2. Place ground flaxseed and spices in a medium bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Add chicken pieces to the spiced flaxseed mixture and toss until pieces are covered thoroughly with the mix.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to the pan and cook, for about 3 minutes, on each side.
  5. Remove from pan and arrange on a serving platter.
To serve the Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites:
  1. Serve Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites with a lemon cheek and some red fruit jam on the side.


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20 Responses to Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites

  1. My husband would adore these!! He loves schnitzel.

    Gratitude journals are a wonderful thing. I have a gratitude journal app on my iPad and love flicking back through reading all the things I’m grateful for. It’s an especially great thing to do when you’re having a bad day.

    • wellnessbytheweekendy says:

      do you cook them for him? i always wonder how vegetarians and non-vegetarians live harmoniously together. i think i would struggle if my husband wanted to eat meat and i didn’t.

      • Yes, I do – neither of us are stricly speaking vegan or vegetarian. We try to go meatless 3-4 times a week and while many of our favourite dishes are meat-free, I can’t see us turning vego just yet.But I’ve heard or very strict vegetarians who have their own cutting boards, pots, pans, etc… Not sure what Jen’s stance on this is.

  2. Sammie says:

    wow! That’s so simple yet healthy!!! Finally found an excuse to use up my flaxseed!! Thanks Martyna!

  3. What an excellent recipe.. I’d think this was a great idea and so healthy!! Yes, we have so much to be grateful for, don’t we:) xx

  4. Hanna says:

    Oooh yummy! I’m grateful for having found your blog and for your easy to make recipes like this one.

  5. Anne S says:

    I really like this Marty, it’s pretty fuss free and sounds fairly clean to make. Great idea. Recently I have been most grateful for good health and a new job which is a fantastic change to where I was previously. It makes such a big difference.

  6. Tessa says:

    Looks delicious! I’ve never used flax seed as a crust before… Brilliant! Are those pea sprouts that I see?

  7. Lordy, a gratitude journal – I’d be writing in it instead of sleeping because that’s all the time I have left these days. 🙂 I applaud your time management.

    About these schnitzel bites and the flaxseed coating – what a clever idea and I’m going to make this for my good friend who’s got a real problem with gluten. Thanks!

  8. i have pinned and pepperplated this one. i love it! i love any idea to incorporate some nutritious like flaxseeds into an ordinary dinner idea. brilliant martyna! will let you know how mine turn out.

  9. Mattheworbit says:

    These look really good! Although definitely not gluten-free, I’d love to try this with a seitan, or maybe some super-marinated, already grilled, flavoured tofu. I thought that flaxseeds were not good for you when heated, though? But perhaps that’s just not *as* good for you.. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Eha says:

    Looks also appetizing, but have read during the previous week from a number of blogs that flaxseed is not on the agenda, and, indeed, is supposed to be on the banned-list in Australia. Interesting to know the truth – have not had the time to find out! Since I prefer not to fry any food, I guess the answer is but academic 🙂 !

    • Thanks for bringing this up Eha, I’ve not heard of it being banned and I do recognise that while these are fried they may not appeal to everyone but I have a feeling they could be baked (not tested this). Will have to look into the flax story.

  11. Kerry Anne says:

    Oh my holy deliciousness! These look perfect. Like popcorn chicken but so much healthier!

  12. Simple and clever! Love it!

  13. Looks wonderfully easy and delicious. I got a bag of flaxseed and this sounds like a great meal to start with. I’ve never heard of gratitude journal until today but I think it’s a wonderful way to appreciate small things in life which we tend to forget or not pay attention. It’s something I want to teach my children too. 🙂

  14. Sissi says:

    They look so much better than chicken nuggets 😉 And very original too. I love the idea to add flaxseeds (I love them in bread but don’t use them really as often as I would like). The gratitute journal is something I have never heard about, but such a wonderful idea.



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