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Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites

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

Spicy Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites
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Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites

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.
Prep Time8 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 1


For the Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites:

  • 2 organic chicken thighs or 1 chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed I used brown
  • 1 tsp each paprika, ground ginger, ground cumin
  • pinch chilli
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil

To serve:

  • lemon cheek
  • red fruit (raspberry or lingonberry) jam


To make the Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites:

  • Trim chicken meat of excess fat. Cut into 1 inch-sized pieces.
  • Place ground flaxseed and spices in a medium bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Add chicken pieces to the spiced flaxseed mixture and toss until pieces are covered thoroughly with the mix.
  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to the pan and cook, for about 3 minutes, on each side.
  • Remove from pan and arrange on a serving platter.

To serve the Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites:

  • Serve Spiced Flaxseed Schnitzel Bites with a lemon cheek and some red fruit jam on the side.
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Jennifer @ Delicieux October 15, 2012 at 10:16 am

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 October 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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.

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook October 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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.

Sammie October 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

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

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen October 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

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

Hanna October 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

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

Anne S October 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

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.

Tessa October 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook October 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Yes, they are. I omitted them from the recipe as they were there for just a little contrast, but they are tasty so feel free to add them to the dish.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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!

jenny @ wellness by the weekend October 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

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.

Mattheworbit October 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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.

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook October 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

According to WHFoods they are safe to be heated and there is no diminishing nutrition when exposed to heat. Tofu would be nice too!

Eha October 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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 :) !

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook October 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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.

Kerry Anne October 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

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

lateraleating October 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Simple and clever! Love it!

Nami | Just One Cookbook October 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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. :)

Sissi October 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

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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Edna Oneal July 21, 2018 at 6:23 pm

Wow. It looks delicious. I love this. So, I will try to make it. Your recipe will help me. Thanks for sharing.

Vivian September 2, 2018 at 11:14 pm

This recipe looks amazing, thanks a lot for sharing! Has anyone trying baking instead of frying? I saw the comment about the wish to try, so wondering if you (or anyone else) did it…


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