Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Homemade Chicken Francese

Easy Homemade Chicken Francese Recipe

When I was in high school I used to work at two different Italian restaurants with my older sister/guardian.  Five nights a week she would waitress, and I would either bus tables or work the takeout counter~ depending on which restaurant we were at.  At the end of every shift, the chefs would make the staff a meal of their choice.  In the span of five months, I gained about 15 pounds, most of it at the hands of Chicken Francese.  I won't name which was better, but one restaurant definitely had this particular recipe nailed, and I haven't eaten it in years.

After discovering the glory that is Pinterest for cooking, I immediately started looking for a way I could recreate that memory-laden meal at home for my family both inexpensively and without too many steps.  I found and tried a few different versions, but this is the one that came out on top in my family.  My husband took one bite and declared it the winner, and my seven year old eagerly ate his whole plate.  (It might have had something to do with a promised cookie for dessert, but it still wasn't a chore to get him to finish his meal.)  So this is my recipe for homemade Chicken Francese.  I hope you enjoy it!  It's so delicious you'll think you've managed to find time to go out for dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 18 minutes

Tools Needed: Large saucepan, whisk, small bowl for eggs, plate for flour, clean plate for chicken, tongs for turning your chicken, mallet if you want to pound out your chicken breasts extra thin, wooden spoon

Chicken Francese Recipe

Ingredients Needed:
3 large chicken breasts (sliced thin, or you can pound them thin)
2 eggs
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
5 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 cup of apple juice (fresh or bottled, but I prefer the taste and health benefits of fresh)
1/4 of lemon juice (fresh or bottled, but again, I prefer the taste of fresh squeezed)
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Chicken Francese Recipe

Step 1~ Whisk eggs together in a bowl and dip in your sliced chicken breasts to give them a nice even coating.  Dip them into flour for a thin breading on your chicken.

Step 2~ In your saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add chicken.  Cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until a nice golden brown.  Transfer to a clean plate when done and cover with foil to keep warm while you make the sauce.

Step 3~ Add your cup of apple juice to the saucepan and turn up the heat a bit.  Make sure that you stir with a wooden spoon a bit to loosen up any bits of the breading stuck to the bottom of the pan.  It will add flavor to your sauce.  Heat about 5 minutes until juice has started to reduce.

Flaky Biscuits

While it's reducing, throw a batch of biscuits in the oven.  Doesn't have to be from scratch.  Good ole Pilsbury does the trick, too!

Step 4~  Add your five tablespoons of unsalted butter to the pan and continue to heat until thoroughly melted. About 2 minutes.

Chicken Francese Recipe

Step 5~  Add in your 1/4 cup of lemon juice and teaspoon of salt.  Reduce to medium heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.

Step 6~ Remove your pan from the heat and add the chicken back in, turning over in the pan once to coat each side in the delicious glaze of lemony-buttery goodness!  Transfer to your plate and use a spoon to drizzle extra sauce over the top if you desire.  Serve with a side of fresh steamed broccoli and some biscuits and you're done!

Thanks so much for reading!  Don't forget to PIN this recipe for future reference and of course check out more of my delicious recipes and crafts on the blog.  See you next time!

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