Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lemon-Sage Chicken Cutlets

I had some sage leftover from Thanksgiving that I hadn't opened and therefore was miraculously still fresh and perfect, and I was happy to find this recipe to use it in. I really enjoy sage but it seems to only be called for in Thanksgiving-ish dishes (stuffing, butternut squash, etc), so this one appealed to me because it can be enjoyed anytime!

I was definitely intrigued by the process of flour first, egg second, but the chicken actually came out light and crispy and not "eggy" at all. The lemon flavor just peeks through and is a nice complement for the sage. I also skipped the wine/broth/butter sauce at the end, and even though I think it would be good this chicken was yummy without it!

 Recipe from Food Network


2 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 large eggs
Juice of 1 lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 sprigs sage, leaves only (I added about 8)
1/2 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


1. Slice each chicken breast in half horizontally to make 2 thin cutlets. Sprinkle lightly with water, place between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound until 1/4 inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Pour some flour into a shallow dish and season with salt. Lightly beat the eggs with the lemon juice in another shallow dish.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dredge the cutlets in the flour, shaking off any excess; dip in the lemon-egg mixture, coating both sides. Add the cutlets to the skillet and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Add the sage leaves to the skillet, then turn the cutlets and cook until golden on the other side, about 2 more minutes. Transfer the cutlets and sage to a paper towel-lined plate.

4. Pour out any remaining oil from the skillet. Add the wine and chicken broth and cook over medium-high heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the butter and swirl until melted.

5. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Top with the fried sage and drizzle with the pan sauce. Serve with lemon wedges and grains on the side.

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