December 10, 2016

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Herb Butter Sauce

Ingredients

For the Parmesan Crusted Chicken:
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
⅔ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons canola oil

For the Herb Butter Sauce:
½ cup Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup heavy cream
Juice of ½ a lemon
½ stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-sized portions
1 tablespoon fresh chives, parsley, and basil (or other herbs), finely minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cornstarch
Tomatoes and herbs, to garnish



Directions
For the Chicken:
Pound each chicken breast to about ¾ inch thick.

Combine the egg whites, cornstarch, and a tablespoon of lemon juice in a shallow dish for dredging.

Combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper in another shallow dish.

Dredge each chicken breast in the egg white mixture, and then in the breadcrumb mixture.

Make sure the chicken is completely covered with the breadcrumbs.

Let the breadcrumbed chicken sit on a wire rack or baking sheet for 30 minutes to allow the crust to set.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and add the chicken. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until the crust is golden brown.

Transfer the chicken to the oven (either in the skillet if it's oven-proof, or in a baking dish) and finish cooking for 8-10 minutes. As the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce.


For the Sauce:
Add wine, broth, cream, and lemon juice to a saucepan over medium heat. Let simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes, scraping the bottom occasionally.

Once the sauce has reduced, add in the butter, one tablespoon at a time.

Whisk the sauce until the butter has completely dissolved.

Add in the herbs and the salt and pepper, and cook for an additional few minutes.If it seems like your sauce hasn't thickened to your liking (it most likely didn't reduce enough in this case), feel free to make a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cold water + 1 tablespoon cornstarch) and whisk it into your sauce and heat over medium high. This should thicken your sauce to your desired consistency.

Serve the sauce over chicken and your choice of pasta. Garnish with fresh tomatoes and herbs.


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