Chicken Milanese with Lemon Butter Sauce

Chicken Milanese with Lemon Butter Sauce

Chicken Milanese with Lemon Butter Sauce, wow!  Sounds fancy doesn’t it?  Sounds like something you’d order in a fancy Italian restaurant.  It brings to mind the city of Milan, one of the world’s most fashionable city.

The name doesn’t lie, Chicken Milanese simply means Chicken made Milan style.  It is one of the signature dishes of Milan; in Italian it’s called “Pollo alla Milanese”.  Are you impressed yet? Traditionally it was made with veal, Cotoletta alla Milanese, but chicken has become a popular alternative.

Well let me tell you the first time I ever had Pollo alla Milanese was in a chic little restaurant in Cernobbio, a town on Lake Como about 40 kilometers away from Milan.  And yes I ordered it because I thought with such a grand name it must be something different.  Imagine my surprise when the waiter set a fried chicken cutlet in front of me and it didn’t even have any gravy!

Yup that’s what Pollo alla Milanese is, a battered and fried chicken cutlet.  If we were talking Southern cooking it would be called chicken fried chicken and chicken fried steak if veal were used instead of chicken.

But because it’s an Italian style cutlet it’s not smothered in gravy and served with mashed potatoes and corn, like the perfect Southern comfort food.  Instead it’s usually served with a bed of crisp fresh greens like an arugula salad.  Instead of gravy they usually squeeze a slice of lemon over the cutlet or top it with a light lemony butter sauce.  As far as I can determine that’s the only difference between chicken fried chicken and Chicken Milanese.

Well whatever you call it it’s still delicious!  A bit fussy to make (you have to cut, pound, dredge, dip, bread, and fry) but so worth the time and trouble.  I make it at home and serve it both ways, Milanese and fried cutlet with gravy, depending on what I’m hungry for.  Either way my family loves them!

Here’s the recipe for Chicken Milanese with Lemon Butter Sauce!

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Ingredients:

4 Pieces Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – sliced horizontally to make 8 thin slices

2 Cups Flour

3 Eggs beaten

2 Cups Panko or breadcrumbs – I prefer Panko which can be found at Asian Markets, but bread crumbs work fine

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

2 Tbs Italian Seasoning

1/4 Cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Oil for frying

For the Sauce:

4 Tbs Butter

1 Tsp Minced Garlic

1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1/2 Cup Chicken Stock

1/2 Cup White Wine

1 Tsp Italian Seasoning

2 Tbs Lemon Juice

Salt & Pepper to taste

Procedure:

Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap – you will have to do this with 2-4 pieces at a time

Using a kitchen mallet pound breasts to 1/4″ thickness

Pounding chicken breasts between plastic wrap keeps chicken juices from splattering all over the kitchen counters.

Set aside while you get the other ingredients ready.

Mix flour and garlic powder together and place in a shallow dish or bowl

Beat eggs in another shallow dish or bowl

Mix Panko with grated cheese and Italian seasoning in another shallow dish or bowl

Line bowls up in order (flour, egg, Panko) next to the stove.  This makes the frying process so much easier and neater.

Heat oil in a large frying pan.  Oil will be hot enough if it sizzles when you drop a piece of panko in it.

Dredge a slice of chicken in flour making sure both sides are completely covered

Dip both sides of chicken in egg

Dip both sides of chicken in Panko mixture

Place in frying pan and fry both sides about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown

Drain on paper towel

Serve with Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Butter Sauce

 

Sauce:

Melt 1 Tbl Butter in saucepan

Saute garlic in butter until it starts to brown

Stir in cream, stock, and wine until well combined

Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat

Whisk in remaining butter 1 tbs at a time

Stir in seasoning and lemon juice

Season with salt and pepper to taste

Serve over Chicken Milanese

 


Chicken Milanese with Lemon Butter Sauce
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Chicken
  1. Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap - you will have to do this with 2-4 pieces at a time Using a kitchen mallet pound breasts to 1/4" thickness Pounding chicken breasts between plastic wrap keeps chicken juices from splattering all over the kitchen counters. Set aside while you get the other ingredients ready.
  2. Mix flour and garlic powder together and place in a shallow dish or bowl Beat eggs in another shallow dish or bowl Mix Panko with grated cheese and Italian seasoning in another shallow dish or bowl Line bowls up in order (flour, egg, Panko) next to the stove.  This makes the frying process so much easier and neater.
  3. place in a shallow dish or bowl Beat eggs in another shallow dish or bowl Mix Panko with grated cheese and Italian seasoning in another shallow dish or bowl Line bowls up in order (flour, egg, Panko) next to the stove.  This makes the frying process so much easier and neater. Heat oil in a large frying pan.  Oil will be hot enough if it sizzles when you drop a piece of panko in it. Dredge a slice of chicken in flour making sure both sides are completely covered Dip both sides of chicken in egg Dip both sides of chicken in Panko mixture
  4. Place in frying pan and fry both sides about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown Drain on paper towel Serve with Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Butter Sauce
Sauce
  1. Melt 1 Tbl Butter in saucepan Saute garlic in butter until it starts to brown Stir in cream, stock, and wine until well combined Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat Whisk in remaining butter 1 tbs at a time Stir in seasoning and lemon juice Season with salt and pepper to taste Serve over Chicken Milanese
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Sundried Tomato Puff Pastry Pies

Sundried Tomato Puff Pastry Pies

Sundried Tomato Puff Pastry Pies

Here’s an easy recipe for an appetizer or a light lunch or dinner.

These puff pastry pies are so simple to make and taste great.  I make it as an appetizer for our Sunday night barbecues, my family loves them!

Ingredients:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (I use the Pepperidge Farms brand, it comes 2 sheets per package, keep the extra sheet frozen for later use or double the recipe to make 18 pies)

1 cup diced sundried tomatoes (I used dried tomatoes I bring home form Italy, I have to soak them in water overnight before using them.  You can use sundried tomatoes from a jar just drain out the oil it’s packed in)

2 Eggs

1/2 cup shredded fresh parmesan cheese

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. salt

1 tbls. minced garlic

Sundried Tomato Puff Pastry Pies

Directions:

1.  Mix sundried tomatoes, cheeses, salt, garlic, and 1 egg in a bowl.

2.  Roll out dough 1/2″ thick on floured surface.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut 2 time lengthwise and 2 times across.  You should end up with 9 squares.

3.  Divide the tomato mixture on the squares.

4.  Fold alternate corners to the middle.  Pinch together.

5.  Fold last 2 corners to the middle.  Pinch together.

6.  Place pies on parchment covered baking sheet.

7.  Beat remaining egg and brush on to each pie.  Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown about 15 minutes.

Serve hot or cold, they’re yummy!

Sundried Tomato Puff Pastry Pies
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Servings Prep Time
18 Pies 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 Pies 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Sundried Tomato Puff Pastry Pies
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Servings Prep Time
18 Pies 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 Pies 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pies
Instructions
  1. Mix sundried tomatoes, cheeses, salt, garlic, and 1 egg in a bowl.
  2. Roll out dough 1/2" thick on floured surface. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut 2 time lengthwise and 2 times across. You should end up with 9 squares.
  3. Divide the tomato mixture on the squares.
  4. Fold alternate corners to the middle. Pinch together.
  5. Fold last 2 corners to the middle. Pinch together.
  6. Place pies on parchment covered baking sheet.
  7. Beat remaining egg and brush on to each pie. Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown about 15 minutes.
  8. Serve hot or cold, they're yummy!
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Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls

Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls

Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
I’m always looking for new meatless recipes, I like to make at least one or two meatless dinners a week.  This week I decided to try a new pasta recipe, sort of like a lasagne without meat.  My husband and I had it for dinner with garlic bread; I sent some over to my son’s house for him and his wife.  Everyone loved it!  It will surely be added to our family favorites, I hope your family will love it too!
Ingredients:
8 Lasagne noodles
24 oz. frozen chopped spinach – thawed and drained
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
2 cups shredded lowfat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tbls. garlic powder
1 tbls. crushed red pepper (the kind you sprinkle on pizza)
1 bottle pasta sauce garlic and onion flavor (I like to use Betolli brand)
Directions:
Cook lasagne noodles as directed on the box.
Drain, rinse with cool water to keep noodles from sticking together.
Separate noodles and set aside.
Drain and squeeze all the water from the spinach; place in large bowl.
Add to spinach: cottage cheese, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, crushed red pepper
Mix well.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Separate spinach mixture into 8 equal parts.
Place 1 lasagne noodle on to a clean surface and spread 1 portion spinach mixture along the length of the noodle.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Roll the noodle in jelly roll fashion.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Place rolled noodle in a deep baking dish seam side down.  Do the same with the remaining noodles.
Place rolls in dish close to each other to keep them from unrolling.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Cover the rolls with the pasta sauce.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella over sauce.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese melts and starts to brown.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Remove from oven and serve.  It goes great with fresh baked garlic bread.  Enjoy!
Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Cook lasagne noodles as directed on the box.
  2. Drain, rinse with cool water to keep noodles from sticking together.
  3. Separate noodles and set aside.
  4. Drain and squeeze all the water from the spinach; place in large bowl.
  5. Add to spinach: cottage cheese, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, crushed red pepper Mix well.
  6. Separate spinach mixture into 8 equal parts.
  7. Place 1 lasagne noodle on to a clean surface and spread 1 portion spinach mixture along the length of the noodle.
  8. Roll the noodle in jelly roll fashion.
  9. Place rolled noodle in a deep baking dish seam side down. Do the same with the remaining noodles. Place rolls in dish close to each other to keep them from unrolling.
  10. Cover the rolls with the pasta sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella over sauce.
  11. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese melts and starts to brown.
  12. Remove from oven and serve. It goes great with fresh baked garlic bread. Enjoy!
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