Dinner Holidays Party

Jane’s Chicken French

3 eggs

4 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated

1 tsp seasoning salt

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil

1 Chicken Bouillon Cube

1/2 cup water

1 cup Sherry Wine

1 lemon, zest & juice or 4 Tbsp lemon juice

6 Chicken Breast Cutlets or 3-4 Chicken Breasts sliced into cutlets

  1. Using a fork mix eggs, Parmesan Cheese & Garlic salt in a pie plate or similar style bowl.
  2. Heat oil to medium-high in a deep fry pan.
  3. Dip chicken in the flour and then in the egg mixture.
  4. Carefully place chicken in hot oil with tongs laying it away from you so oil doesn’t splatter.
  5. Fry until golden in color and then remove to plate with paper towel.
  6. Empty the oil from pan, do not rinse pan.
  7. Add butter to pan and let melt with the bouillon cube. 
  8. Add water, sherry wine and lemon juice and let heat until bubbly. 
  9. Add chicken back to the pan and let simmer 15 minutes, turning occasionally. 

Angie’s notes:  Jane’s recipe is perfect, tried and true, her original recipe is pictured below.  I made a few minor adjustments but nothing major, it didn’t need it.  

  • Lemon; I happened to have lemon so I used the zest and juice from that.  
  • Measuring; I measured out the flour and oil to help any new cooks.  
  • Washing meat; I don’t normally wash meat as you have to be careful of contamination in your sink etc and other surfaces, but I know at one time we had to wash the meat and many still do, just a personal preference. 
  • Chicken Breasts vs Chicken Cutlets; it’s cheaper to purchase chicken breasts and cut the chicken in half lengthwise.  I was limited on time so I bought the cutlets.
  • Garnish; you can see on my picture I served with a little Italian seasoning & lemon zest on top.
  • Mise en place; The one thing that helps me with a recipe like this is mise en place.  Meaning everything in it’s place before you start.  It’s a relatively quick recipe so by setting everything up ahead of time before you start it makes it stress free. 

Some of you are here for a great Chicken French recipe, others like me enjoy the story behind the recipe. Most recipes have a story, like opening a good book…

Jane was a very good friend, although that doesn’t seem good enough to describe her, she meant so much to me.  She would make this Chicken French every Christmas for our friends party at her house with Pam, Karen and I.  We all have a very special friendship and feel lucky to have that. Well, there were only 4 of us but she made enough Chicken French for about 20 or so.  Why? Keep reading it’s a great story!

We would enjoy some catching up with a “little” wine and then enjoy our dinner together sharing many laughs.  Little by little other people would “sneak” in for a plate because they heard that it was our annual dinner with Chicken French. 

Most often first up were a few grandkids. She adored them and we had so much fun talking with them and hearing about what they had been up to that year.  They all acted like they were there to see us but we know part of it was the Chicken French calling.  

Little by little others would stop like her daughter and son-n-law for a plate, sharing laughs and stories of recent family adventures.  Her husband Carl would come in later while we were having a “little” more wine, playing pool and opening gifts.  He also shared many laughs with us.  Jane’s family was everything to her.  Our husbands sometimes stopped in for a few laughs and a plate and if not, one definitely went home with us.  

Jane passed away unexpectedly a few years ago.  Little did I know that sadly that year we had enjoyed our last special evening like that, but the memories will live on forever.

She was a not a person to boast so I am not sure how she would feel about me writing about this, but I do know she was proud of me for what I do with food.  She was also a very caring person who shared often and cooking is a sign of caring for someone, so I think it would have made her happy.

I share it with you today, a delicious dish from one amazing friend that helped create forever memories.  I hope that you try it and it helps you create special memories with smiles and laughter with those you care about.

Cook up some great memories today!

Angie