The Wooden Spoon’s Own ‘Chicken Francese’

(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

2 large eggs
¼ cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp. olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (4-5 oz. each sliced thin)
½ tsp. salt
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup white wine (such as Pinot Grigio)
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup butter, cut up
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Ground pepper to taste 

    • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
    • Beat eggs with a fork in a shallow pan
    • Spread flour in another shallow pan
    • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to high heat
    • Sprinkle chicken with salt and dip each breast in flour, shaking off excess
    • Then dip in the beaten eggs
    • Cook chicken 3 to5 minutes per side until golden brown
    • Transfer cooked chicken to a pan or plate and place in the oven to keep warm
    • When done frying, discard oil from the skillet
    • Return the frying pan to the stovetop and add the chicken broth, wine, and lemon juice
    • Bring to a boil
    • Boil for six minutes until the mixture is reduced to one-third cup
    • Remove the pan from the heat
    • Whisk butter into the sauce until slightly thickened
    • Stir in parsley and pepper
    • Pour the sauce over warm chicken
    • Serving suggestion:   Prepare some pasta such as thin spaghetti or angel hair as a side and pour the chicken francese sauce over it
    • Makes four servings

Notes:

    • tsp. means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
    • Francese means “in the French manner,” and it refers to a food that is dipped in flour and egg, then fried, then dressed with lemon juice or lemon sauce.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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