Chicken Francese

I saw this on Ally's blog a while back and saved it to my google reader, tonight I was unsure of what to make with the chicken breasts sitting in the fridge so decided to give this recipe a try.

In the end, it had excellent flavor but I used a little too much lemon, so it was too lemony for us. I also forgot to fry up the mushrooms :( We will try this again minus some lemon and adding mushrooms.

Chicken Francese (From: Cooks Illustrated)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, minced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice from
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Table salt and ground black pepper


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Table salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each), tenderloins removed, reasts, trimmed of excess fat, halved horizontally and pounded to even 1/4-inch thickness
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 200 degrees. Set wire rack on rimmed baking sheet and place sheet in oven.

FOR THE SAUCE: Heat 1 tablespoon butter in medium nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add flour and stir until light golden brown, about 1 minute. Whisk in wine, lemon juice, and broth; increase heat to high and bring to boil, whisking constantly. Lower heat to medium-high and cook, whisking occasionally, until mixture is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, 10 to 15 minutes. Strain sauce through mesh strainer, return to saucepan, and set aside.

FOR THE CHICKEN: Set second wire rack on second rimmed baking sheet on counter. Whisk together flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in pie plate. In second pie plate, whisk eggs and milk until combined. Season both sides of each cutlet with salt and pepper. Using tongs and working with 2 cutlets at a time, coat cutlets in seasoned flour; shake off excess flour. Transfer cutlets to egg mixture; coat evenly and let excess run off. Return cutlets to seasoned flour; coat evenly and shake off excess flour. Place coated cutlets on wire rack on counter.4. Heat 1 tablespoon each butter and oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; when foaming subsides, place 4 cutlets in skillet. Cook until well browned, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Carefully flip cutlets and continue to cook until lightly browned on second sides, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer chicken to wire rack in oven. Wipe out skillet with paper towels. Repeat, using remaining 1 tablespoon each butter and oil to cook remaining cutlets in now-empty skillet. After transferring chicken to oven, wipe out skillet with paper towels.

TO FINISH SAUCE AND SERVE: Transfer sauce to now-empty skillet and set over low heat; cook until sauce is heated through, about 1 minute. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter; adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove baking sheet with chicken from oven; transfer 4 cutlets to skillet, turn to coat with sauce, then transfer each serving (2 cutlets) to individual plates. Repeat with remaining cutlets. Spoon 2 tablespoons additional sauce over each serving and sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately, passing extra sauce separately


Ally said...

MMM. It looks so good! I can't wait to make it again!

Brittany said...

This looks delicious! I'm starring it!

Jessica said...

This looks great... how long do you bake the chicken in the oven?