Chicken Française

Simple chicken francaise recipe

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

This chicken Française recipe is the one famously served in French restaurants. It showcases a thick, buttery, lemony sauce with just a hint of something that no one can quite figure out. Leave the secret ingredients to the chefs and make this deliciously rich and always impressive dish in your own kitchen.

Cook's tip: This recipe calls for dry white wine. Use a good quality wine that you enjoy drinking. The rule of thumb for cooking with wine is never to use something that you wouldn't drink.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (pounded thin)
  • 3 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt (to finish)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to finish)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chicken francaise
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  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.

    Heat olive oil
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  3. Stir together the flour, salt, and pepper.

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  4. Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture, making sure to coat the whole surface of the chicken. Shake off any excess flour; there only needs to be a thin coating of it on the chicken.

    Flour on chicken
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  5. Quickly dip the chicken in the eggs and allow any excess egg to run off.

    Dip chicken in eggs
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  6. Place the prepared chicken in the heated oil and fry the chicken breasts for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until the meat is cooked through and golden brown.

    Place chicken in heated oil
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  7. Remove the chicken pieces and place them on a triple-layer of clean paper towels to drain.

    Remove chicken
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  8. Loosely tent the chicken with foil to retain the heat.

    Loosely tent foil
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  9. Pour off and discard the remaining oil in the skillet. Deglaze the pan over medium-high with the white wine, chicken stock, and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits left over from the chicken.

    Pour off oil
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  10. Place the butter, parsley, salt, and pepper, to taste, in the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Allow the sauce to simmer and thicken, until it can coat the back of a spoon.

    Place parsley and salt in oil
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  11. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve and pour into a clean frying pan. 

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  12. Place the fried chicken into the lemon sauce and allow it to warm through for a minute, turning once.

    Place chicken in sauce
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  13. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate. Drizzle any remaining sauce over the chicken breasts and serve immediately.

    Transfer chicken to plate
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  14. Serve with boiled rice, pasta or potatoes, and greens.

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