Chicken Française, An Italian-American Signature Dish

Chicken French as it is known in upstate New York where it was popularized, is a delicious and quick dish PERFECT for beginner home chefs!

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In this recipe, chicken cutlet is blanketed in a decadent sauce of fresh lemon. It is offset with a good dry white wine, and a generous knob of sweet cream butter.

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After a brief tryst with a seasoned flour mixture, it's dipped into an egg batter and pan sautéed until golden. The lemon sauce is decadent and easy if you are a beginner home chef.

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What You'll Need

chicken breast eggs light cream Kosher salt & black pepper unsalted butter olive oil onion flour dry white wine lemons chicken stock fresh parsley and lemon slices

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Watch the expression on guests faces as you slowly spoon sauce over chicken while they anxiously await their plates!

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In a shallow dish, whisk together some eggs with light cream. A pie plate works well for this. Combine salt, pepper and flour in a separate shallow bowl and place next to the egg mixture. 

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Dredge the chicken in flour, then in the egg mixture allowing the extra egg to drip back into the bowl. Transfer to the flour once again, turning to coat.

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Heat some olive oil and some butter and add the flour and egg-dredged cutlets to the hot skillet. I like unsalted butter for this recipe.

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Cook 2 or 3 cutlets at a time, turning once, until the chicken is well browned, about 3 minutes on each side.

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To make the lemon sauce, wipe the skillet clean. Add a tad more butter to the pan and sauté some onion. Add some flour and then some wine, lemon juice and zest, and chicken broth. 

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Cook the sauce until it is reduced and slightly thickened, then strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the onions. Return the sauce to the pan. The lemon flavor will be intense!

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Plate this dish with angel hair or other favorite pasta. I like to twirl the pasta right in the sauce to get it good and coated. Offer Parmesan cheese tableside.

Chicken Française, An Italian-American Signature Dish will impress you and your eaters with a whole lot of flavor! 

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