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Chicken Francese

  • Author: Naomi
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Chicken Francese, a beloved dish in Italian-American cuisine, offers a perfect blend of tender chicken enveloped in a light, lemony sauce. This dish strikes a harmonious balance between the richness of butter and the bright acidity of fresh lemon, creating a culinary experience that’s both comforting and sophisticated.


For the Chicken:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
For the Lemon Sauce:
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


For the Chicken:
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Dredge each chicken breast in flour, shaking off excess.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  • Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Dip floured chicken breasts into the egg mixture, then place in the hot skillet.
  • Cook chicken until golden brown and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate and keep warm.
For the Lemon Sauce:
  • In the same skillet, add garlic and sauté for about 1 minute.
  • Stir in chicken broth, lemon juice, and white wine. Bring to a simmer.
  • Add capers and butter, stirring until butter is melted and sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.


  • Gluten-Free Option: Substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • Wine Substitute: If avoiding alcohol, replace white wine with an equal amount of chicken broth or a mixture of white wine vinegar and water.
  • Storing: Chicken Francese can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat gently.
  • Serving Suggestions: Pair with light pasta, roasted vegetables, or a crisp salad to complement the flavors of the dish.
  • Meal Prep Friendly: Prepare in advance for a quick and sophisticated meal option during the week.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 320 kcal per serving