Austrian Kräuterbackhendl

Austrian Kräuterbackhendl

Who doesn't love chicken nuggets? Discover this Austrian take on the all-time favorite with thin chicken slices. The breading includes mustard, a variety of herbs, including tarragon and lemon verbena, finished with a hint of lemon and nutmeg. Serve the Kräuterbackhendl with a tartar-like dipping sauce, and give potato-rutabaga salad a try (see notes).
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 3


  • 1 lb chicken breast *) cut horizontal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole grain flour **)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs **)
  • 4 oz sour cream ***)
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 pickle finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives chopped
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • salt & pepper
  • sugar
  • oil

Kräuterbackhendl Culinary Spice Kit

  • Onions, rosemary, savory, oregano, thyme, lemon verbena, tarragon, lime peel, nutmeg

Suggested Sides

  • Boiled potatoes or French fries
  • Cooked cauliflower, white asparagus, or kohlrabi; or frozen mixed vegetables (cooked in some water and butter).
  • Fresh baby spinach and crumbled bacon.
  • Potato-rutabaga salad see recipe link in the notes


Dipping Sauce ***)

  • In a BOWL, mix sour cream with 1 tsp mustard.
  • Add pickle and chives. Mix well.
  • Season to taste with salt, and lemon juice.
  • Optionally, add a dash of sugar.


  • Season dry thin chicken slices with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a BOWL, mix eggs with Kräuterbackhendl spices, 1 tsp mustard, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp oil, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Prepare on 3 PLATES, one each for the flour, egg mixture, and bread crumbs.
  • With a fork, dip 1 chicken slice at a time in the flour. Shake off any excess.
  • Next dip it in the egg mixture, then coat it with bread crumbs.


  • In a PAN, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Fry chicken slices for about 5 minutes, turning halfway. Don't crowd the PAN.


  • Serve the chicken with the dipping sauce and your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!


*) Substitute with fish fillet, or pork or veal cutlets.
**) Substitute with nut flour and ground nuts.
***) Substitute sour cream with 3 oz crème fraîche & 1 oz buttermilk, or add 1 tbsp chopped capers.
Potato-rutabaga salad recipe