This recipe goes into the books. I am obsessed with Chicken Francese. The aromas as it simmers, the flavor of the lemon with the butter and white wine, the tender chicken, it's all perfection. I've made Chicken Francese a few times, and this is the recipe I've landed on to be exactly what is envisioned when you think of Chicken Francese. This one wins it all!
Chicken Francese is actually a riff, an Italian-American style which calls for an egg-dipped, flour-battered, shallow fried chicken cutlet, encased with a rich lemon-butter and white wine sauce. It's said to have origins in the 70s and in New York. Chicken Francese can be paired with may different sides, not just a pasta! We've paired this dish with:
Breading is a very traditional way of making a chicken cutlet. While breadcrumbs are delicious, battering chicken in an egg-flour dredge leaves the chicken tasting way juicier, more tender, and adds a yummy coating around the chicken. Lots of other dishes do this too, such as Marsala or a Piccata. If you've never made a dish like this before, you're in for a great treat!
What I love about this version of Chicken Francese is that it doesn't get complicated! Grab lemons, butter, a bottle of white wine (you'll drink it as you eat anyway), and you've got a perfect sauce! This recipe doesn't call for added lemon juice, because as the lemons sit and simmer with the chicken, the flavors will build and will naturally add the citrus flavor. I promise you'll never question your Francese skills with this version.
You'll start by prepping the chicken:
Once the chicken is battered and floured, move on to making the sauce, directly in the same pan!
This recipe is very flexible, and if you have a dietary need or preference, here's something to consider:
I cannot wait to hear what you think! If you loved this recipe as much as I do, please leave your reviews below and share this post with others. They'll be happy you did.
What's better than buttery, tender, chicken in a homemade white wine, butter, lemon sauce? Answer: NOTHING. My recipe for this classic chicken francese is the perfect meal for a family dinner, a Mother's Day entree, or as a meal prep for the week. You'll be raving of it all day (and week).
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