Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen Sauce

Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen Sauce tops crisp schnitzel chicken with a lemony artichoke-caper sauce flavored with German Dunkelweizen beer.
Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen Sauce

Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen Sauce

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Welcome to this month’s #FoodieExtravaganza which I am hosting with the theme of Oktoberfest. We will be sharing favorite German type recipes to celebrate the festival, which runs from September 16th through October 3rd, so it is mostly held during the month of September going just into the start of October.

The festival is mainly held in Munich, but also in other locations. In the United States, Cincinnati Ohio (my current residence) has the largest such celebration: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. This area has a long and strong cultural core of German immigrants from the 1800’s  onward. My own family has part of that heritage, although I have other cultural heritage as well.
Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen Sauce
For this event, I decided on making my version of Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen sauce. Dunkelweizen is a popular German wheat beer. You may have heard of Hefeweizen, which is the most popular of the wheat beer types.   Dunkelweizen is just a darker version of it.

The sauce is what really makes this dish stand out. It reminds me of a German version of the Italian Chicken Piccata so if you are a fan of that, you are sure to enjoy this one. I took inspiration from the sauce served on the schnitzel at a local Cincinnati German restaurant called Mecklenburg Gardens. Bill and I have been there a number of times, usually in late autumn as it closes towards Christmas, as I am fond of German food as it gets colder and find this kind of food very warming.

But early fall is always a good time for me to start my own  preparations of German food.   I find myself craving sauerkraut the first cooler days of August, which to me are great times to serve that with bratwurst or mettwurst for the start of the football season. We are Green Bay Packer fans, after all, and brats are very Wisconsin.

There are so many good things you can make from German cuisine which go with the season. I hope you find something you will want to make for your family- either this  or any of the other recipes in the roundup,  or explore  a few of the other German recipes I have on the blog.

Be sure to join me tomorrow for the monthly roundup of #FillTheCookieJar when I share my recipe for Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies. They are perfect for the lunchbox or an after school treat.
Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen Sauce

Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen Sauce

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chicken Schnitzel with Dunkelweizen Sauce

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 large eggs whisked with 2 tablespoons water (egg wash)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • cooking oil


  • 1/2 cup Dunkelweizen wheat beer
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken base or bouillon
  • salt and black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1/4 cup small capers, drained


  1. Prepare  sauce first by whisking everything except the artichoke hearts and capers together and stirring until it comes to a boil and thickens slightly; stir in the artichokes and capers and set aside, keeping warm.
  2. Pound the chicken into thin scallopini.
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour.
  4. Shake off excess flour thin dip in beaten egg mixed with water.
  5. Coat in breadcrumbs then shallow fry in moderately hot oil until golden; drain.
  6. Serve with sauce on top.
  7. Pairs well with spaetzle, buttered noodles or mashed potatoes and a side such as sauerkraut or rotkohl (red cabbage).

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8 responses

  1. First of all, thank you for hosting…and second, oh my gosh, please serve me up a big ol’ plate of this! For breakfast!!! I don’t think I can wait till dinner!

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