If you are searching for a great-tasting, low-stress weeknight dinner recipe, your search is over! Our Chicken Francese recipe is also easy and fast, like thirty minutes and it is on the table.
How Do You Prepare Chicken Francese?
There is another dish similar to Chicken Francese that is pure Italian called Chicken Piccata. It is just as delicious as this Chicken Francese.
What is the Difference Between Chicken Francese and Chicken Piccata?
What can you serve with Chicken Francese?
Choose a couple of side dishes.
What wine can you serve with chicken Francese?
If you are looking for a great wine pairing, we recommend a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. Check out the inexpensive wines we found for entertaining. They would be great picks for this meal.
What about dessert?
Can Chicken Francese be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze chicken Francese but the coating won’t be as crispy after you thaw and reheat it. The texture is really much better if it is not frozen but we don’t think you should toss out leftovers so go ahead and freeze for another day.
Before freezing it, make sure it has completely cooled then seal it in a freezer-proof container. It is best to thaw it in the refrigerator overnight then reheat it on a hot skillet.
We recommend separating the sauce and freezing that separately. The sauce is easy to reheat in the microwave while you are giving the chicken a quick flash in the skillet.
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- 4 chicken breasts 6-oz each (about 1-1/2 pounds)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white or black pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup olive oil
For the Lemon Sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
- 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon
- Place the chicken breasts on your workspace, sandwiched between plastic wrap. Use the flat side of a meat pounder and pound each breast at the thickest end so the chicken breast is equal in thickness.
- Add the flour, Parmesan cheese, cornstarch, salt and pepper to a shallow dish and whisk together to combine for dredging.
- Add the eggs to another shallow dish and whisk with two tablespoons of cold water for dipping.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Working with one chicken breast at a time, add to the flour mixture and turn to coat each side. Dip the flour-coated chicken into the egg mixture and turn to coat with egg wash. Add the chicken breast to the skillet and continue with the remaining chicken breasts. Cook the chicken breasts 2 or 3 minutes on each side to a golden brown. Transfer to a plate and reserve.
For the Lemon-Wine Sauce:
- Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the oil remaining in the skillet. Over medium-low heat, add the grated garlic and the lemon slices. Sauté, turning the lemon slices and cook just until the garlic is fragrant. Add the white wine and cook for another minute or so to burn off the alcohol. Remove the lemon slices and reserve. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice and simmer gently for 3 or 4 minutes to reduce slightly.
- Combine the soft butter with the cornstarch, mixing with the back of a spoon mashing to a paste. Whisk the mixture into the sauce and cook to thicken. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Add the reserved chicken breasts to the sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes to reheat.
- When ready to serve, transfer the chicken breasts to a serving platter, garnish with the reserved lemon slices and the chopped tarragon.
- Pour the skillet sauce into a small dish or pitcher and serve with the chicken.
- If you don’t have one of those meat mallets, the bottom of an un-opened can, or a rolling pin will be a good substitute.
- Pound only the thick end of the chicken breast to bring it to the same thickness as the thinner part.
- Mixing the cornstarch with the flour increases the coating and gives the chicken a crispier crust.
- Use a good dry white wine. Our suggestions are Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. But use one that you enjoy and serve the remainder of the bottle of wine with the dinner.
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Serving Size1 Chicken Breast
Amount Per ServingCalories 406 Total Fat 24.2g Saturated Fat 6.9g Cholesterol 134mg Sodium 954mg Carbohydrates 11.5g Fiber .3g Sugar .5g Protein 29.9g