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Breaded Chicken – Rántott hús

Breaded fried chicken

A firm favourite in the Hungarian home usually made on the weekend or at family celebration. The type of meat can vary, most popular being pork, chicken or even veal which is a very similar dish to Veal Milanese.

This tender meat with a crispy coat goes very well with the buttery parsley potatoes and pickled red cabbage. Also served with chips, mashed potato, rice, rizi-bizi and pickled gherkins or green salad.

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 600g chicken breast
  • 200g fine breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 200g flour
  • 500ml sunflower oil

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How to make

  1. Flatten the chicken breasts by beating the pieces of meat. One method is to place them between two large pieces of clingfilm and gently pound them, with a rolling-pin, the meat just needs to be stretched a little or even better use a meat tenderiser.  Season the meat with salt and freshly milled black pepper on each side.
  2. Crack the eggs into a dish and lightly beat them together with a splash of milk and some salt.
  3. Tip the breadcrumbs on to a large plate and put the flour, seasoned with salt and freshly milled black pepper, on to another plate.
  4. Then dip each piece of chicken breast, first into the flour, then the beaten egg and then into the breadcrumbs, shaking off the excess breadcrumbs as you go, and transferring the breaded pieces onto another clean plate.
  5. Fry the meat on a gentle heat 3-4 minutes on each side or till crisp and golden brown.
  6. Then drain on kitchen paper, and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the other pieces.
  7. Serve with buttery parsley potatoes.

breaded meat step by step


Give the meat a garlic &milk marinade for incredible tenderness and mega tasty flavour. Finely chop 3 cloves of garlic and rub the chicken pieces on both side with it. Place the meat pieces in a shallow dish and just cover with milk. Chill for a few hours, even better, overnight in the fridge. Pat dry the pieces with a paper towel before use.

One thought on “Breaded Chicken – Rántott hús

  1. My mom used to make this chicken but the pieces were not flattened nor were they boneless. after breading and frying, they were placed in a steamer, steamed for about 25 minutes, and then cooled on wax paper and eaten cold the next day for picnics and outings. Would the name of this dish be the same in Hungarian as you have above? Rántott hús?? thanks, Ed Snyder

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