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Chicken Francaise on a white plate with angel hair pasta.
Chicken Francaise
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins
Chicken Francaise is an American-Italian dish (despite it's name!) made with quick-seared chicken cutlets accompanied by a simple lemon butter pan sauce. Easy and yum!
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken, Pan sauce, Skillet Cooking, Fresh Lemons, Classic Dishes, Saute
Servings: 4
Calories: 459 kcal
Author: Meredith Laurence
  • 4 5-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  1. Place the chicken breasts in between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound with the flat side of a meat mallet or small frying pan until they are roughly ¼-inch thick.
  2. Combine the flour, salt and freshly ground black pepper in a shallow bowl. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour first, then dip them into the eggs, allow any excess egg to drip off the chicken and place immediately into the pan with the hot oil. Fry for about 3 minutes per side, until the chicken is golden brown. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate lined with paper towel and tent with aluminum foil while you finish the sauce.
  3. Pour or wipe out the oil remaining in the pan. Deglaze with the white wine, scraping up any bits of the chicken left in the pan. Add the chicken stock and lemon juice and simmer until reduced by half. When the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, it is ready. Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter and fresh chopped parsley. Swirl the pan to melt the butter and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a serving dish and pour warm sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon slices and serve with noodles or angel hair pasta.

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Francaise
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 179mg60%
Sodium 907mg38%
Potassium 549mg16%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.