The Schnitzel (German pronunciation: [ˈʃnɪtsəl]) is a boneless meat, thinned with a hammer (meat tenderizer), coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and then fried. It is a popular food in many countries and is made from veal, chicken, beef, turkey or pork.
The original Wiener Schnitzel was always made from escalopes of veal and no other meat.
In German speaking countries the term Schnitzel means escalopes, not only bread crumbed fried escalopes in Viennese style like the Wiener Schnitzel. The English conception of the schnitzel is confined to the latter, but extended to all kinds of flat pieces of meat.