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Grandma’s Polish Breaded Pork Chops Recipe (Kotlet Schabowy) are pork cutlets pounded thin, then breaded and fried until crispy. Easy and Delicious! These boneless pork chops are quick enough for a weeknight meal and special enough for Sunday Dinner!

polish breaded pork chops (kotlet schabowy) on the table

This Polish-style pork cutlet, kotlet schabowy, is one of my favorite ways to cook pork chops. My grandma, and most of my Polish family in Pittsburgh, made the BEST breaded fried pork chops.

Traditional kotlety schabowe are thin and crispy. They’re very similar to Viennese schnitzel.

I changed my grandma’s Polish recipe slightly. I use Panko breadcrumbs to make the pork cutlets extra crispy. And, I add a little more seasoning for extra flavor.

If you love budget friendly pork chops recipes, try my Baked Breaded Pork Chops, Air Fryer Pork Chops or Juicy Grilled Pork Chops!

boneless pork cutlets, eggs. spices, flour and panko bread crumbs on the counter


You only need a few simple ingredients for this Polish pork chop recipe. You can find them in your grocery store, Polish market or online:

  • Boneless pork chops — pork loin chops
  • Large eggs 
  • All purpose flour
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Sea salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Smoked paprika — adds color and flavor
  • Vegetable oil — for frying

I also recommend kitchen tongs, a meat mallet, a large frying pan, vegetable oil, aluminum foil and a baking sheet, as well as hot mitts, bowls and zip top freezer bags.

How to Make Polish Breaded Pork Chops

First, you will want to gather all of your ingredients together. I recommend setting everything out in separate plates or bowls in a little assembly line to make the process go faster.

Add the flour to a shallow bowl, and use another bowl for the eggs. You can place the seasoned bread crumbs in a bowl or in a zip top freezer bag.

Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat while you are preparing the chops. I also recommend setting your oven on to keep the chops warm while you finish making them.

Place the boneless pork chops into a freezer bag, and use a meat mallet to pound them thin.

pound pork cutlets with meat mallet

Next, dip each pork cutlet into the flour. Shake off the excess flour.

Then, use kitchen tongs to dip the chop into the beaten eggs.

dip pork cutlet into flour then egg with tongs

Shake off any excess eggs. Then, place pork chop into the seasoned bread crumbs.

I use a zip top freezer bag for this part. But, you can use a shallow bowl, if you prefer.

boneless pork cutlet with egg in bag of seasoned bread crumbs

Next, shake off any excess bread crumbs. Use kitchen tongs to place pork chops into the heated oil in the hot skillet.

Pro tip — Add a couple of bread crumbs to the skillet before adding the chops. If they sizzle, the skillet is hot enough for the chops!

I recommend only frying 2 pork cutlets at a time. If you try to cook too many at once, they don’t cook evenly.

fry polish breaded pork cutlet in oil on stove

Cooking Time

Cook the pork chops for about 2 minutes per side or until they are golden brown. If your pork cutlets are super thin, you may only have to cook chops a little over a minute per side.

Remove the pork chops to a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil. Then, place chops on a lightly greased foil-lined baking sheet.

Place them in the oven, and loosely cover them with aluminum foil. You can bake the cutlets for 30 minutes or until you are ready to eat.

This will prevent the pork chops from drying out while you finish cooking the rest. You can remove the foil to crisp them up again, if you like. Let the chops rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

2 polish breaded pork chops with mashed potatoes and peas on table

What to Serve

So, what do you serve with Polish breaded pork cutlets? We love serving them mashed potatoes, peas and dill pickle slices. Potato pancakes or mashed potato cakes are good, too.

During warmer weather, we have mizeria, a cold sour cream and cucumber salad, as a side dish.

To really lean into the ethnic flavor profile, consider drinking Polish beer, too!

If you want to serve more Slovak or Polish cuisine, try my homemade pierogi, Haluski, Grandma’s cabbage rolls or nut rolls.


There are a few easy ways to customize this Polish-style pork cutlet dish!

One of my favorite ways is to change up what seasonings I add. For more of kick, add extra paprika or Hungarian paprika, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper.

Sometimes I add Vegeta– an all-purpose seasoning made of dehydrated vegetables, that’s popular in Eastern Europe.

Instead of panko bread crumbs, you can use regular bread crumbs.

How to Store and Reheat

Store any leftover pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it’ll last for 3 to 4 days.

For longer storage, freeze the chops in a freezer-safe container.

Reheat Polish pork chops in the oven or air fryer. Individual portions can be reheated in the microwave, as well.

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5 from 14 votes

Polish Breaded Pork Chops

By: Dee
Grandma's Polish Breaded Pork Chops Recipe (Kotlet Schabowy) are pork cutlets pounded thin, then breaded and fried until crispy. Easy and Delicious! These boneless pork chops are quick enough for a weeknight meal and special enough for Sunday Dinner!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6 boneless pork chops about 1 pound
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil enough to cover the bottom of the skillet
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  • Place pork chops in freezer bag or between wax paper, and use a meat mallet to pound thin
  • Season bread crumbs with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and paprika
  • Add oil to skillet, and heat on medium to medium high heat
  • Dip the pork chops into the flour, shake off excess flour
  • Dip pork chops into beaten eggs, shake off excess
  • Dip pork chops into bread crumbs, shake off excess
  • Use kitchen tongs to place pork chops into heated oil in skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown on each side
  • Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil
  • Serve immediately, or place pork chops on lightly greased, foil lined baking sheet, cover loosely with foil, and place in 300 degree oven to keep warm until all pork chops are done and you are ready to eat
  • Allow chops to rest for about 5 minutes before serving


You can use regular bread crumbs instead of panko if you prefer and just salt and pepper or Vegeta seasoning  for a more Eastern European-style flavor.
If you are cooking a lot of pork chops, you may have to add more oil as you go.
It’s best to fry 2 pork chops at a time to allow them to cook evenly.


Calories: 332kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 152mg, Sodium: 586mg, Potassium: 576mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 177IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Polish
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This Polish breaded pork chop is one of my favorite pork chop recipes! The crispy, golden brown chops are so yummy. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Hi, if I use Vegeta, should I just replace the salt 1:1 and leave the other seasonings as they are?

    1. Dee says:

      When I use Vegeta, I usually add some paprika and garlic, but that’s just a personal taste.

  2. Theresa Solomon says:

    Made these tonight. They are so yummy! I have 2 pork chops left… one is going to become a sandwich tomorrow if the BF doesn’t steal both out of the fridge later tonight.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m glad you both enjoyed the pork chops! Thanks so much for the review!

  3. Marie says:

    Oh boy, these are terrific! That breading is incredible!! YUM!5 stars

  4. Eva says:

    We are in love with these Polish Breaded Pork Chops right now!5 stars

  5. Becca says:

    My family loves, LOVES these breaded pork chops! They are incredibly delicious!!5 stars

  6. Krystle says:

    These are so crispy and delicious! My hubby couldn’t stop raving about them.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Awesome! Thank you so much for the wonderful review!

  7. Patrick says:

    Wow was this easy! Makes me look like I am a great cook! Going to be making these all of the time now.5 stars

  8. Sandra says:

    This is a really perfect meal! My family loved it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much! It’s a keeper for us!

  9. Beth says:

    I love how golden and crispy these chops are! You can’t beat breaded pork chops, in my opinion. 5 stars