This Italian-American dish, Chicken Francese, is quick to whip up in less than 30 minutes but tastes like you just ate at a restaurant. Breaded chicken breast is cooked until golden brown and crispy and then covered in an easy lemon pan sauce.
Chicken Francese is perfect for weeknight dinners, special occasions, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, or anytime you are craving a mouth-watering chicken dish.
It’s so easy to put together and children will love it too.
You can create a main dish for 4 in less than 30 minutes.
With its french name, Chicken Francese might feel complicated but it’s extremely easy.
Simply dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture then cook until golden brown and then pour broth into the pan to instantly make a yummy pan sauce.
You can make Chicken Francese and serve it with pasta, salad, rice, or grilled veggies for an easy complete meal.
The lemony chicken goes well with so many sides that are easy to create.
In less than half an hour, you’ll have crispy chicken breast covered in a lemony pan sauce ready to enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN FRANCESE
Chicken breast is dredged in flour and seasoning, and then cooked until golden brown, then served in a delicious lemony pan sauce the whole family will enjoy!
Are you ready to get started?
You’ll find the specific ingredient amounts and detailed instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
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CHICKEN FRANCESE INGREDIENTS
This savory Chicken Francese recipe uses everyday kitchen staples to create a delicious dinner your family will love. You can easily find the ingredients at your local grocery store.
All you need is:
- boneless chicken breast
- chicken broth
- an egg
- a few lemons
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- salt and pepper
CHICKEN FRANCESE RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS
In a bowl, whisk together the egg with the lemon juice and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine flour with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
Dip each chicken breast in the flour mixture and then dip in the egg mix.
Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Cook each side until golden and done.
Pour the broth into the pan and add the lemon slices and let it simmer until thickened.
In less than half an hour, you’ll have a mouthwatering chicken dish that’s sure to become a new favorite!
CHICKEN FRANCESE TIPS AND QUESTIONS
If you’ve never made a Chicken Francese, don’t worry! Below are some common questions and helpful tips.
Hopefully, this will answer any questions you may have.
If not, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.
HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO MAKE CHICKEN FRANCESE?
This Chicken Francese recipe takes approximately 23 minutes. TOTAL.
- About 5 minutes of prep time
- Close to 3 minutes to whisk the egg and lemon juice and create the flour mixture
- Around 4 minutes to dredge the chicken breasts
- 8 minutes to cook the chicken breasts until golden brown
- 3 minutes to make the pan sauce
HOW DO I STORE CHICKEN FRANCESE?
You can store Chicken Francese in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days or in your freezer for up to 3 months.
Simply reheat in the microwave or the toaster oven until warm.
CAN I MAKE CHICKEN FRANCESE AHEAD OF TIME?
Yes, you can easily make Chicken Francese ahead of time.
Simply reheat in the microwave or toaster oven until warm and serve immediately.
You’ll have warm, buttery lemon chicken ready for the family.
WHAT DOES FRANCESE MEAN?
Francese means to make in “french style”. Chicken Francese is known as an Italian-American dish with french influences.
It’s similar to Chicken Piccata but slightly different.
CAN I USE CHICKEN BREAST WITH THE BONE AND SKIN INSTEAD OF BONELESS CHICKEN BREAST?
Yes, you can use chicken breast with the bone and skin instead of boneless chicken breast. It will cook faster if you use boneless chicken breast.
If you don’t want to remove the bone from the chicken breast you can still dredge it in the flour and egg and follow all the steps in the recipe.
I prefer making this recipe with boneless chicken breasts because it’s the traditional way to make it and it cooks in about 8 minutes to a golden crispy chicken breast.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHICKEN FRANCESE AND CHICKEN FRANCAISE?
Many people say Chicken Francese is the same as Chicken Francaise.
They say the difference is Italian-American cooks got tired of breading chicken breast the traditional way so they switched to the French way.
It’s a technique difference.
You still end up with chicken covered in a lemony pan sauce.
WHAT GOES WELL WITH CHICKEN FRANCESE?
Chicken Francese goes well with a wide variety of side dishes.
These recipes would be great to serve together.
Some of my personal favorites include:
- Homemade Gnocchi
- Herbed Butter Pull-Apart Bread
- Kielbasa Bacon Bites
- Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Apple Crisp with Salted Caramel Drizzle
WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS CHICKEN FRANCESE RECIPE?
This tasty Chicken Francese recipe not only tastes great, but it’s also incredibly versatile.
Try adding sautéed mushrooms and onions to top the chicken with. YUM!
CHICKEN FRANCESE RECIPE
- 1 Egg
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 Cup flour
- 1 Tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tsp onion powder
- 1 Tsp paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 Chicken breasts
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 Cup broth
- 1 Lemon sliced
- In a bowl combine the egg with the lemon juice. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour with the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt, and pepper.
- Dip each chicken breast in the egg and then dredge in the flour mix.
- Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Cook for around 4 minutes per side or until golden and done.
- Pour the broth and add the lemon slices and let it simmer for around 3 more minutes or until thickened.
I hope you enjoy this chicken recipe as much as my family does!
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