Laura Bush’s Chicken Schnitzel

Laura Bush’s Chicken Schnitzel

A week of posts about great hosts wouldn’t be complete without a recipe from Laura Bush. I learned a tremendous amount about hospitality when I worked for her.  There was no detail too small to consider, to make her guests feel comfortable and special, and she never stopped thinking about it.  Once, when we were hosting a group of Lincoln scholars at a lecture at the White House on Lincoln’s Birthday, she called me over during the lecture and asked me to have the Lincoln Bedroom and Sitting Room opened up for guests to visit after the lecture.  The Lincoln Bedroom is in the family residence of the White House and not generally seen by the public.  The collective response of the guests, when they saw the rooms and viewed one of the few copies of the Emancipation Proclamation written in Lincoln’s own hand, was unforgettable. Most of these people had spent their entire professional lives studying, and revering, Abraham Lincoln, and the gift she gave them that day was profound.

Chicken Schnitzel by Laura Bush

One of the key tenets of being a good hostess is to always make people feel welcome, even when their appearance is a complete surprise.  I love Mrs. Bush’s recipe for chicken schnitzel because it’s incredibly fast, easy and delicious – all in all, a great solution to last-minute dinner guests.

Chicken Schnitzel by Laura Bush

Serves: 4

Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs


  1. Cut each chicken breast in half, lengthwise, and cut the two pieces in half again, to yield four pieces of chicken per breast.
  2. Pound the chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap until it is very thin, about the thickness of a nickel.≈

    Chicken Schnitzel by Laura Bush

  3. To make the breading, mix flour, salt, pepper and garlic salt together in a bowl.
  4.  Make an egg wash of the two eggs, milk, and chopped parsley.
  5.  Put the bread crumbs in a third bowl.
  6. Dredge chicken pieces in flour, then egg and finally bread crumbs.
  7. Heat oil in a large skillet to medium heat and fry chicken until brown and crispy (about two minutes on each side).  Drain on paper towels.

    Chicken Schnitzel by Laura Bush

    Chicken Schnitzel by Laura Bush

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  1. Please also tell us how you made the salad shown with the chicken. Thank you.

    • America's Table

      Hi Bonnie,
      The salad shown with the schnitzel was made of red and green cherry tomatoes, thinly-sliced cucumbers and radishes, and baby arugula. It was dressed with a little oil and vinegar, and salt and pepper. I hope you like the schnitzel recipe! Best, Lea

  2. Kathy Cummings

    So simple. Thanks.

  3. what a great sounding recipe. I will definitely try this one. Thank you Laura. A first class lady all the way.

  4. I’m trying this on Friday night. It looks amazing . Thank you and Laura Bush, she is one of the women I admire so much and now here cooking.

  5. Judy Shuemaker

    Yim, I will try this easy recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Can’t wait to try this.

  7. Can not wait to make it DF

  8. Sounds good and easy to make and easy to convert to gluten free with gluten free flour and panko. Love your blog

  9. Sharon Bordelon Adkins

    We are going to give this schnizel a try. Thank you for sharing it.

  10. Sounds yummy – can’t wait to try it!!

  11. Edward G. Hughes

    This dish looks so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing, Mrs. Bush.

  12. Mrs. Bush, this looks absolutely wonderful ! ! ! My husband and I will be having this for dinner very soon.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  13. Bevelyn Blair

    Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for posting.

  14. can not wait to make this

  15. Peggy lverson

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, it is something that I know my family will enjoy. I will also enjoy the fact that it will be easy to make and won’t break my budget.
    Peggy Iverson
    Gallion, Alabama

  16. Sounds delicious and simple to make! Thanks!

  17. Maria Marcella

    Looks deliciuos…thank you Mrs Laura Bush!

  18. How easy and nutritious as well. Thanks!

  19. This looks like a recipe my college roommate made frequently. She was from Yugoslavia (nka the Czech Republic). Very tasty!

  20. What a lovely story about a lovely woman. Thank you for sharing it. The recipe sounds like mine, which is a family favorite.

  21. Thanks for this recipe as I will try this as believe my Grandchildren may like this.

  22. will definitely make this. we love schnitzel. tho will cook it in olive oil or grape seed oil. much healthier than canola oil. the side salad looks delicious and the perfect compliment too. this will be a great meal for my husband who is a combination diet controlled diabetic, heart and kidney patient. mrs. bush has always been a delight & a real lady…many years ago, i was pleased to give her a crocheted lace handkerchief i had made especially for her.

  23. Janet LaFrance

    Looks heavenly !

  24. Delicious!

  25. Thank you, Mrs. Bush. I will definitely try this dish soon. It sounds delicious and quick.

  26. Thank you.

  27. Sandra thompson

    Thank you!

  28. Barbara Jeffords

    Love Mrs. Bush…she is so gracious, and this looks delicious! Will try it soon.

  29. Looks and sounds delicious! Mrs. Bush is “First Class” all the way!.

  30. Sounds Yummy!!!!

  31. Elizabeth Stubner

    All the ingredients I use and I especially like the chicken thin and crisp. Looks delicious and can’t wait to make it for my family. Thank you Laura Bush for sharing your tasty receipe. You are and always will be a First Lady.

  32. As a guy that likes to cook, I’ll be trying this for my wife and I on a weekend real soon. thanks

  33. What I wouldn’t give to sit down with her and have a little lunch and visit. Actually on my bucket list. I could be so lucky.

  34. Thank you Mrs. Bush. We will definitely try this one soon! 🙂

  35. I never thought of making schnitzel with chicken!! I don’t care for German scnitzel made with veal so this is a winner I can’t wait to try!!!!

  36. Diedre L. Hausmann

    Have got to try this!!! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Thanks for sharing your recipe, looking forward to serving this one…..

  38. I will try this recipe tomorrow for supper. It’s plated so beautifully here. Thank you for sharing Laura.
    Sincerely, Nora

  39. Achemla Muchum

    Laura, I think it looks amazing and no doubt your recipe will pretty much be a splendid one. Definitely trying this tonight.

  40. It is similar to mine but I never dredge the flour first and I think that may make it really good. Thanks!

  41. Valentina Bautista

    Luv it! Fast preparation, uncomplicated!!! Thank You Mrs. Bush.

  42. Love this recipe from Mrs. Bush.. I greatly admire her. A very classy lady. Thanks for everything you do.

  43. Thanks for sharing from your heart as well as your table. Truly, you are a blessing!

  44. looks really good

  45. Carrie Chisholm

    Yummie !!!!

  46. Launita Kindred

    Sounds delicious

  47. Looks delicious, I am going to try it for my four children and spouces when we celebrate the 2 youngest birthdays, already 3 weeks late

  48. Can’t wait to try Mrs. Laura Bush’s Chicken Schnitzel recipe! Sounds delicious. Glad you gave the recipe for the pictured salad too. Makes a beautiful presentation! Thank you!

  49. It seems quite tasty.I desire to try it.???

  50. I made this today, Didn’t pound them thin enough so took a bit longer to cook but was yummy just the same. Love Mrs. Bush and her family.

  51. Sharon Harrison

    Dear Laura, like the fine lady you are, this is an elegant and delicious recipe. I truly miss your beautiful and gentle nature as First Lady. Give our love to your family.

  52. MaryLynn Morris

    I’m living in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they eat a lot of Snitzel! I tried to make it on Sunday, but boy what a “fail”! Wish I’d seen your post earlier, but now I’ll try it again. I knew Mrs. Bush liked “down home” foods, but didn’t realize that these great dishes were included in the “likes”.
    Thanks for such a great blog.? Thanks for sharing such wonderful memories of your time in the White House with all of us. ? Thanks for being a positive part social media!?

  53. MaryLynn Morris

    Oops! *Schnitzel…not Snitzel!??

  54. Mary Ann Dubose

    Just made Laura ‘s Chicken Schnitzel it was very easy and delicious . Enjoyed !!!!!

  55. I would love to ha a copy of this recipe. Could you please email it to me? Thanks for posting this neat recipe.

  56. Augie Yarkosky

    I’ve made this a few times now and really enjoy it.
    Today I used the finished product for chicken parm by adding a bit of sauce and cheese (I used asiago). It was delicious.

  57. Clyde Harris

    Your husband appointed my baby brother as District Judge about 21years ago. He is still on the bench and is loved and respected by all the Tarrant County lawyers. Just wanted to say thank you and I am going to have to try this recipe. Thank you.

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