I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed your family, friends and turkey. If you are turkey-ed out too, I am guessing your Thanksgiving was a huge success!
I purposely gave all of my leftovers away. No one was allowed out the front door without a bag full of tupperware. I wanted to be left in the morning with my memories of a great Thanksgiving, not with a refrigerator full o' turkey.
Here is a nice turkey-free recipe for you. I found this recipe for Chicken Francese over at Bored Cook In the Kitchen. This recipe is perfect, I did not feel the need to change a thing. I always love a recipe (and a blog) that makes it into my favorites!
Chicken Francese Courtesy of Bored Cook in the Kitchen
4 Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 14.5 oz. Can Low Sodium Chicken Broth
3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Flour (or more if needed for breading)
1/4 Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
3 Tbsp. Butter
1/4 Chopped Fresh Parsley
Trim chicken breasts of any fat. Take each breast and flatten it out with a mallet. If the breasts are very thick, you will want to filet them before pounding them out thin.
Set the chicken to the side and then prepare your work station for dipping and flouring. Crack the eggs into a shallow bowl and beat together well. You can add a teaspoon of cool water to the eggs to help thin them out a bit. In a separate shallow bowl add your flour and season with your salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Dip each chicken breast first in the flour, then the egg, and then the flour again, pressing to make sure you get a nice even coat. Set each breast on a plate until you finish dipping and breading each one.
In a non-stick skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and set the heat to medium. Once hot, add two chicken breasts at a time and cook until just done on each side. You want them to be a very light golden brown. We are not looking for a deep brown color to these. Cook each breast until just about done. Remove to a casserole dish and continue browning each chicken breast, continuing to add oil 2 tablespoons at a time as needed. Once you are done, place the casserole dish with the chicken in the oven uncovered and allow to cook for 10 – 12 minutes.
Meanwhile wipe out the skillet with some paper towels. You don’t want to clean the pan completely, but you do want to remove all that flour that has browned in the bottom. You won’t remove the flavor by doing this, but you will allow yourself to have a nice lemon colored sauce.
Set burner to medium heat and pour in your chicken broth. Add some salt and pepper if you feel it needs it. Squeeze in the juice of two lemons. Bring to a boil and then quickly whisk in about 1 teaspoon of flour. Add in the 3 tablespoons of butter and whisk again. Turn the heat down to simmer and allow to reduce to almost half.
Once the sauce is done, add the chopped fresh parsley and stir. Set the chicken breasts out on a rimmed platter or baking dish, and pour the sauce all over the top of each breast.
Take your last lemon and slice it thin, with the skin on. Place pieces of sliced lemon across the whole dish and serve.0