Sunday, December 2, 2012

Favorite Chef Dishes for #SundaySupper - Chicken Francese

This is such a fun theme this week!  #SundaySupper and Isabel of Family Foodie  have come up with Favorite Chef Inspired dishes!  Tammi, our host of Momma's Meals  has put together our group this week and did a fantastic job!

I actually have two favorite chefs.  Lidia Bastianich and Tyler Florence.  Every recipe I have ever made from these chefs has been excellent.  I went to Lidia's restaurant Felidia's in New York last year and had an excellent dinner and even got my cookbook signed!  You can read all about it HERE.

I have made this recipe for Chicken Francese several times.  Easy to prepare and fancy enough for company.  Tender chicken smothered with a velvety wine, butter and lemon sauce.  The Ultimate Chicken Francese.

Chicken Francese

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, cut into thin rounds
1 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 to 1 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Place chicken breasts on cutting board and slice in half horizontally.  Place plastic wrap over chicken slices and pound with a flat mallet, until they are 1/4-inch thick.

Put some flour (about 1 cup) in a shallow platter and season with a generous amount of salt and pepper; mix to distribute.  In a wide bowl, beat the eggs with 2 Tbsp. water to make an egg wash.
Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet.

Dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, and then dip them in the egg wash to coat completely, letting the excess drip off.

Flour first, then egg wash.

When the oil is nice and hot, add the cutlets and fry for about 2 minutes on each side until golden, turning once.  Remove the chicken to a platter and cover to keep warm.

Toss the lemon slices into the pan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.  Add the wine, broth, and lemon juice, simmer for 5 minutes to reduce the sauce slightly.

Roll the better in some flour and add it to the skillet, this will thicken the sauce.  Whisk to incorporate the butter and dissolve the flour.  Reduce the heat to low and return the chicken to the pan.  Place the lemon slices on top of the cutlets.  Simmer gently for 4 to 5 minutes to heat chicken.  Season with salt and pepper and chopped parsley.
Adjust the amount of lemon in the sauce to your liking.
I doubled the sauce from the original recipe.

Starters or Snacks :
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog - Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper
Linda at The Urban Mrs. - Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa
Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts - Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn
Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings - Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup
Jeff at The Catholic Foodie - Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh
Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli

The Main Dish:
Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s  Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples
Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun
Claire at The Realistic Nutritionist – Alton Brown’s 40 Cloves and a Chicken
Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends - Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots
Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen - Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Katy over at Happy Baking Days - Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart
Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s
Lane over at Supper for a Steal - Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken
Tara from Noshing with the Nolands - Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini
Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by,  Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene - Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes - Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches
Becca from It’s Yummilicious - Ina Garten’s Grown Up Mac & Cheese
Alice at  Hip Foodie Mom - Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon
Jen over at  Juanita’s Cocina - The Neely’s White Turkey Chili
Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips - Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis
Isabel at Family Foodie - Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet - Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse
Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen - Cheesy Poblano Chicken
Patti at Comfy Cuisine - Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese
Chris from Sustainable Dad - Pork Tenderloin with Jerusalem Artichokes and Negroni Vinaigrette
Roxanne over at The Roxx Box - Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille
Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom - Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’
Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork

Amazing Sides:
Elizabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle - Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice
Megan from I Run For Wine - Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme
Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip -  Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate
Shelby at  Diabetic Foodie - Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten
Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles - Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Sweet Endings:
Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic - Chocolate Cream Puffs with Hazelnut Filling
Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart
Connie at The Foodie Army Wife - Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake
Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes - Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart
Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake
Amber at Mama’s Blissful Bites - Huggy Buggy Bread Pudding
Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen - Southern Tea Cakes
Amy over at Kimchi MOM - Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry - Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares
Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts
Wine Pairings: 
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Please join on us via Twitter for #SundaySupper on December 2, 2012, throughout the day. In the evening, we will meet at 7 PM EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chatAll you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.


  1. This really looks good! I know it's something I would love:@)

  2. I like Tyler's recipes too. I almost did one of his for this event. I'm glad you shared this chicken recipe because it is a good one for a weeknight meal.

  3. Looks divine! I am now starving, thanks ;)

  4. I love Chicken Francese! Yours looks delicious!

  5. Yum! I would love to try this dish out. Looks amazing!

  6. This chicken looks incredible! I love Tyler's recipes, one of my favorite soups is from him!

  7. This looks so delicious. I am so hungry.

  8. Love making chicken dishes, it's my favorite! You've just given me a new one to try! Love your story about visiting the restaurant owned by Lidia, how awesome is that, my goal is to go to a restaurant owned by a famous chef I've grown to love! thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow! I love Tyler, and this chicken dish is right up my alley!

  10. Your photos are mouth-watering! I don't have any of Tyler's cookbooks. Oh Santa ...

  11. Oh I love simple lemon and chicken dishes like this.

  12. It looks moist and so good! I love this type of italian dishes

  13. This is a dish I'm not familiar with, but it looks great! Tyler is a favorite - my wife and I met him at his restaurant in Napa (now closed :(). Now that I see the recipe, I would recommend using whatever wine used in the dish to also drink with the dish. "Bridging" as this is called is a great way to take the mystery out of food and wine pairing. Sauvignon Blanc would be a good match...

  14. This dish is so grogeous! Kind of sounds like a fancy chicken limone. That is so cool that you got meet and get your book signed by Lydia. I would love to go to New York for a food pilgremage. So many places to eat at.

  15. I haven't made Chicken Francaise in sooo long! I am ready to try this beautiful recipe.

  16. This is one of my favorite dishes to cook at home! I have this cookbook as well. Such a great book and amazing recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Love Tyler Florence and wow! your chicken looks amazing!!! YUM!

  18. A classic, comforting dish. Tyler was one of the first people I remember watching too on the Food Network.


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