Last Updated on May 23, 2021
EDITOR’S NOTE: Read our roundup post of German products in the Deutsche Kuche line at Aldi here.
Aldi is a grocery store that originated in Germany, and its European roots show in some of the everyday favorites it sells, such as its chocolate bars. Where the grocer really shines is a couple of times each year when they sell a variety of German foods, including cream cakes, peanut puffs, doppel keks, soft pretzels, and noodles, many of which we opine about over here.
Of course, if you’re looking for a full meal and not a snack or side dish, one of the best German standbys is schnitzel. Aldi has sold pork schnitzel in the past, but they also sometimes sell chicken schnitzel. In short, it is amazing, and you should absolutely buy it if you see it at Aldi. Just remember to pick up some oil for pan-frying it in, and you’ll be all set.
Deutsche Kuche Chicken Schnitzel cost $7.99 for a 24-ounce box at the time of publication. It’s sold frozen and is uncooked, so you’ll want to be sure to do a thorough job cooking it (more on that shortly).
This is an Aldi Find (Special Buy), which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Aldi does not offer online ordering for its specials, and once this sells out at your local store, you’ll have to wait a few months for Aldi to bring it back.
This is not actually a product of Germany, and the seal on the front of the package states it is “Inspired by Germany.” I’ve seen this before with a few of the products in Aldi’s Deutsche Kuche line that appear to be from Germany because of their house label, but are actually from elsewhere. Aldi’s Deutsche Kuche Cornichons with Herbs are another example of this; they are a product of India.
The ingredients list for this chicken schnitzel is fairly long but straightforward, composed for the most part of easily recognizable ingredients. Primary ingredients are chicken, salt, lemon juice concentrate, vinegar, and breading made with bleached wheat flour, Parmesan and Romano cheese, and other ingredients.
If you’re looking out for allergens, this contains wheat, milk, and egg.
One box has six servings, with a one-piece (113-gram) serving netting you 200 calories, 6 grams of total fat (8% DV), 1.5 grams of saturated fat (8% DV), 60 mg of cholesterol (20% DV), 720 mg of sodium (31% DV), 19 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), 1 gram of dietary fibers (4% DV), 4 grams of total sugars, no added sugar, and 18 grams of protein.
Cooking the schnitzel can sound like a bit of a messy or intimidating job, but it’s not too bad. The box has instructions for either pan frying it or deep frying it. However you fry it, it should be cooked from frozen to an internal temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
To pan fry, heat 1/8 of an inch of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Place the schnitzel in the skillet and cook 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Drain on a plate covered with paper towels before serving.
To deep fry, heat oil to 350 degrees. Place the schnitzel in the fryer and cook for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel before serving.
I opted to pan fry our schnitzel, and it was easy. I served the schnitzel alongside some boiled and buttered egg spaetzle and some sautéed and buttered onions, and everyone in my family enjoyed the meal. As a result, I’ll be picking up some schnitzel whenever I see it at Aldi in the future.
If you want a bit more than simple schnitzel with noodles, the box also has a recipe:
Parmesan Huhnchen Schnitzel
- 6 oz. pasta noodles
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Deutsche Kuche Chicken Schnitzels, cooked
- 6 oz. of your favorite pasta sauce
- 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan
- 2-4 slices of mozzarella cheese
- 2 basil leaves, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook pasta according to directions, drain, toss with oil, and set aside.
- Cook schnitzel using the box instructions.
- Place cooked schnitzel on a baking sheet.
- Top schnitzel with pasta sauce, Parmessan, and mozzarella.
- Bake in oven until cheese is melted.
- Put pasta on plate and top with schnitzel. Garnish with basil and enjoy.
Deutsche Kuche Chicken Schnitzel is sold under Aldi’s German food house brand, although it’s not an actual product of Germany but rather is “inspired by Germany.” It cooks easily via pan frying or deep frying, pairs well with spaetzle, and is delicious. Recommended.