Chicken Francese

Butter, lemon, and breaded chicken – what can be wrong about that? I never knew how good this dish was until I had it at a family gathering. It was love at first bite. We all have our chicken francese recipes, and I am sure they are all great. The beauty about cooking is that we change it up for the taste ourselves and those around us enjoy. For those who are starting from scratch, Tyler Florence provides a great recipe.

The thing that I love about chicken francese is that it is brightened up by the subtle lemon. We have tons of ways to make chicken, or any protein for that matter, but this is a lighter feeling way of going about it instead of pouring heavy sauces (there is nothing wrong with that!) on top of it. We like to add a bit of extra butter, because why not, as well as extra flour, because we like a thicker sauce.

Total Time: 40 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 20 min
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.

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