Chicken Milanese

chicken milanese with lemonTHIS chicken Milanese is ridiculously easy to make – plus it’s packed full of flavour and goodness.

All the way from northern Italy, this recipe turns a bland batch of chicken into a zinging, filling, moreish accompaniment to a salad, pasta or a medley of vegetables.

I like to call these chicken nuggets for adults, through children will love them too. This recipe is enough for four people.

INGREDIENTS

2 chicken breasts, skinned
2 cups of plain flour
Salt and black pepper
2 cups of white breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon of dried or fresh tarragon
Half a cup of grated parmesan cheese
Grated rind of half a lemon
2 eggs (beaten)
2 tablespoons of olive oil

PREPARATION

Lay each piece chicken on a chopping board and slice the chicken through the middle (as though slicing open a bread roll) to create two thinner chicken breast shapes. Hit with a meat tenderiser to create an even thickness to the meat.

Place the flour, salt and pepper in a wide, shallow oven dish or large plate. Beat the eggs in a second dish or plate. And in a third dish or plate, combine the breadcrumbs, tarragon, lemon rind and parmesan.

Taking the chicken pieces one at a time, coat with flour, then dip into the beaten egg before dredging in the breadcrumb mixture. Place each piece of breaded chicken on a leaf of tinfoil about the size of a dinner plate. Take another piece of foil, place on top and add your next bath of chicken, so each level is one layer of meat thick. Press down with your hands and place the foil packet in the fridge for an hour or two.

TO COOK

Place the oil in a hot frying pan (not too hot, because you don’t want the breadcrumbs to burn). Remove the meat from the fridge and gently fry two or three at a time, turning once or twice to ensure even browning on both sides. Cook for approximately 4 minutes. Place the now-golden chicken portions in a baking tray and place in an oven at 180C (350F) to keep warm.

Now prepare your pasta, salad, vegetables or whatever you have decided is going to accompany your chicken Milanese.

Serve the chicken Milanese with lemon wedges on the side. Buon appetito!

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