Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chicken Francese

Chicken's one of those dishes that you always see on a wedding menu or just about any other catered event. However, it's something that I rarely make at home...until this week. For some reason, I was totally craving chicken francese!

When I found this version by Tyler Florence, I thought "perfect!". It was exactly what I was looking for. Simple ingredients and it had a five start rating, so I knew this would be good...and it was.

The chicken was moist and the sauce flavorful with out being too lemony (though I like lemon, so a little more wouldn't have bothered me). The one thing I would change next time is to add a bit more flour (maybe 1 tbsp.) because the sauce was a bit thin. Overall, this is a great recipe for this classic dish.

Here it is....almost ready...just simmering away...

Dinner Time! I served this up with a simple thin spaghetti (tossed with a little olive oil and fresh parsley) and a salad.

4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts (about 11/2 pounds)
All-purpose flour, for dredging
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, with rind, cut in thin rounds
1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Put the chicken breasts side by side on a cutting board and lay a piece of plastic wrap over them. Pound the chicken breasts with a flat meat mallet, until they are about 1/4-inch thick. Put some flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly. In a wide bowl, beat the eggs with 3 tablespoons of water to make an egg wash. Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large skillet.

Dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, and then dip them in the egg wash to coat completely, letting the excess drip off. When the oil is nice and hot, add the cutlets and fry for 2 minutes on each side until golden, turning once. Remove the chicken cutlets to a large platter in a single layer to keep warm.

Toss the lemon slices into the pan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the wine, broth, and lemon juice, simmer for 5 minutes to reduce the sauce slightly. Roll the butter in some flour and add it to the skillet, this will thicken the sauce. Stir to incorporate and dissolve the flour. Reduce the heat to medium-low and return the chicken to the pan; place the lemon slices on top of the cutlets. Simmer gently for 2 minutes to heat the chicken through. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Source: Tyler Florence


  1. I make this ALL.THE.TIME and for some reason have yet to blog it. Seriously, this is without a doubt my favorite way to make chicken because it cooks so quickly and who doesn't love a little lemon and wine with their chicken?!

  2. Angie-
    Totally agree!
    BTW, your chicken parm panini is making me really, really hungry right about now :)

  3. I have to try this recipe...everything else I have made of his has been amazing!

    Maria you have to try his pot-roast with a side or garlic mashed potatoes. Yum!

  4. Sandra-
    ooooohhh...that sounds good too. Thanks for letting me know. I'm going to look that recipe up right now!

  5. YUM, this looks wonderful!!! For some reason this dish looks exactly like the perfect thing to make as soon as possible. I'm craving it so much right now after reading your post! :)

  6. yum this looks fabulous! perfect for spring time!