The Best Chicken Francese Ever


INGREDIENTS
  • 3 to 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts about 14 oz. to 16 oz. total
  • 1 cup flour for dredging (you'll also need 2 tablespoon of the flour mixture later for the sauce...but we'll get to that later in the instructions).
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan grated
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley chopped (divided...2 tablespoons for batter, 2 for garnish)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided...2 tablespoons for sautéing the chicken, and then 2 more for the sauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided...2 for sautéing the chicken, 2 for the sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes more, to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine ie, Pino Grigio
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • Juice of two fresh lemons about 4 tablespoons

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place the chicken (one at a time) in a large freezer bag, and using the side of a meat tenderizer, pound the chicken to 1/8" to 1/4" in thickness.
  2. Cut each pounded chicken piece into halves, or thirds. Set aside.
  3. Pour the flour onto a platter or plate. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and the 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Gently mix together with a fork. Remove 2 tablespoons to use later for the sauce.
  4. In a second small/medium-sized bowl, mix together the eggs, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Dredge each chicken cutlet in the flour mixture and then dip into egg mixture, fully coating.
  6. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. After the oil has heated, add 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  7. Place the coated chicken into the hot skillet, 2 at a time.
  8. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until nicely browned on the bottom.
  9. Flip and cook the other side until completely cooked through and nicely browned, about another 3 - 4 minutes.
  10. Remove from the pan and repeat with remaining chicken. (Cooked cutlets can be made 1 to 2 hours ahead of time. Re-heat in (350 F) oven 15 minutes before serving, or keep warm in oven (220 F) until ready to use.
  11. In the same skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
  12. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
  13. Add the reserved 2 tablespoons of seasoned flour, and mix completely. Add another tablespoon of flour if too wet, should resemble wet sand. Stir and let cook for about 1 to 2 minutes (don't let it get dark brown).
  14. Add white wine and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat.
  15. Add the lemon juice. Stir until slightly thickened.
  16. Season with a healthy pinch of salt and pepper.
  17. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir until melted.
  18. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  19. Place cutlets on plates, or platter, and pour sauce over the top.
  20. Garnish with remaining parsley.
  21. Enjoy!

This article and recipe adapted from this site



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