Last Updated on October 12, 2021
EDITOR’S NOTE: Read our roundup post of German products in the Deutsche Küche 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 Küche 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 Küche line that appear to be from Germany because of their house label, but are actually from elsewhere. Aldi’s Deutsche Küche 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 Küche 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 Küche 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.
I liked seeing the raw frozen product, but in wish you had included a cooked photo from your kitchen. You can never trust those glossy packaging pictures.
We’ll try to add a picture the next time we cook it.
We’ve just updated this post with photos of the cooked product.
I want to buy this now. How can i
As this post explains up above, if it’s not at your local store, you’re out of luck. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that aren’t at your local store. If you’d like to learn more about how Aldi inventory works, click here: https://www.aldireviewer.com/why-cant-i-buy-this-product-at-aldi-anymore/
With that said, Aldi often does a German food week sometime in the fall, so keep an eye on your weekly Aldi ad because it’s likely Aldi will stock schnitzel again within the next month or two.
When is the next German week?
We’d recommend asking Aldi about that: https://www.aldireviewer.com/contact-aldi/
When will it come back
You’d have to ask Aldi about that. https://www.aldireviewer.com/contact-aldi/
These are AWESOMELY tasty! Now to stock up and put in our deep freeze!
I pan fried on my outdoor grill using cast iron skillets and it adds a little hint of smokiness. Saved on smelling up the house as well. Buttered noodles and garden fresh leaf lettuce salad were the perfect sides.
We bought these the last time Aldi had German week and glad we did. They are fantastic! Our local German restaurant closed so we make more German dishes at home & these were a hit! Went great with homemade German potato salad and red cabbage. Will stock up with more next time.
We love the pork and chicken. We serve these for hot lunch at our small private school and the children love them. Is there a way we can get more? Thank you KColgrove
They’re only available in limited stock at Aldi during certain times of the year. https://www.aldireviewer.com/when-will-this-aldi-find-be-back-in-stock/
Is the chicken a breast or is it chopped?
When you cut into one, it has a consistency similar to a chicken nugget, so probably chopped chicken would be my guess. I’m not completely sure, though.
My son picked this up because we love Schnitzel. He got both chicken and the pork. We tried the chicken and it was very good. Will buy again for sure. Hopefully the pork is just as good or better.
Can you please add the recipe that is on the box with mushrooms chicken broth and wine. I can’t remember the rest.
I just found it. I wonder if you can cook it in an air fryer
Spray with oil then cook in air fryer
Like coconut oil or olive 🫒
Can you cook in an air fryer. How long
I’ve had all 3 veal, pork, and chicken ..and all are very good..it’s finding the one you want in the store.haven’t seen the veal for awhile ..but like I say all are very good
My family absolutely loved these! They are very similar to fresh made but without the fuss.
The chicken schnitzel are okay but for me the pork is amazing 🥰
I had the chicken schnitzel today and it was incredible. Cooked for 3 and a half minutes in a deep fryer at 350 degrees. This was German restaurant quality, folks. If you see it . . . grab it. You won’t be sorry.