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Make at Home Restaurant Style Meals: Chicken Francese [RECIPE]

Traci Taylor

I’m a sucker for Italian food, but who can afford to eat out every night? Not this girl! Chicken Francese is one of my favorite dishes, so I was determined to find a way to make it at home and I did and it was delicious! If it doesn’t turn out the way you expect, I recommend trying again before writing it off. I had to play around with the recipe before I got it where I wanted it.  One of the greatest things about cooking is that you learn as you go and can customize your dish as you go along.

Chicken Francese

  1. 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts cutlets (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  2. All-purpose flour, for dredging
  3. Salt and ground black pepper
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 3 tablespoons water
  6. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  7. 1/2 lemon, cut into thin rounds, but leave the rind on
  8. 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  9. 1 cup chicken broth
  10. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  11. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  12. 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. If you don’t have a meat mallet, you can do what I did (yeah, I really did this):

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Put some flour in a shallow platter and season with a good 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.

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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. If your hands don’t look like this, then maybe you’re not having fun!

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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.

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Roll the butter in some flour and add it to the skillet, this will thicken the sauce.

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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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