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Chicken Francese

Chicken Francese with Penne and Haricots Verts

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Recreating this Italian-American favorite in your own kitchen is so much simpler than you think. First, you'll pound chicken breasts thin for tender texture (and quicker cooking), then dredge in flour and egg and shallow-fry for a golden, crispy crust. Serve in the classic sauce of white wine, lemon, butter, and shallot with mini penne noodles and haricots verts.


  • Stovetop Only

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By Chef Giuseppe

By Chef Giuseppe

Nutritional info

  • Calories 910
  • Protein 54g
  • Total Carb 96g
  • Total Fat 31g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • haricots verts
    4 ounces
    haricots verts
  • parsley
    1/8 ounce
  • lemon
  • shallot
  • flour
    1/2 cup
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
    boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • mini penne
    6 ounces
    mini penne
  • unsalted butter
    3 packets
    unsalted butter
  • chicken bouillon cube
    chicken bouillon cube
  • white wine
    1/4 cup
    white wine

What You’ll Need

  • eggs
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 8" medium pot
  • 13 x 9" large baking dish (optional)
  • plastic wrap
  • meat mallet (optional)
  • 12" large nonstick pan

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Rinse all produce. Trim and discard ends of haricots verts (line up the ends to trim them all at once); thinly slice crosswise on a diagonal. Roughly chop parsley leaves and stems. Thinly slice half of lemon into rounds. Peel shallot and thinly slice into rings. Reserve 2 teaspoons flour for Step 5; place remaining flour on a large plate and season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired.

  2. Dredge chicken

    Dredge chicken

    In a large shallow bowl or baking dish, whisk 1 egg. Pat chicken dry with paper towel and place between 2 large pieces plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or heavy pan, pound to ¼-inch thickness. Season chicken all over with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg, allowing excess to drip off. Dredge again in flour, pressing to adhere.

  3. Cook chicken

    Cook chicken

    Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add chicken and sear until crust is browned and chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, 2-4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a paper towel–lined plate to drain; reserve oil in pan, off heat, for Step 5.

  4. Cook pasta and haricots verts

    Cook pasta and haricots verts

    While chicken cooks, season boiling water generously with salt. Stir in mini penne and cook for 6 minutes (move on to the next step—but don't forget to come back!). Then, stir in haricots verts; cook until pasta is al dente and haricots verts are tender, 1 minute more. Reserve ¾ cup pasta cooking water, then drain and set aside.

  5. Make sauce

    Make sauce

    Return pan from chicken to medium-high heat with butter. When butter is foamy, add shallot and lemon rounds; cook, stirring, until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add bouillon cube and reserved 2 teaspoons flour. Cook, stirring and breaking up cube, until combined. Stir in white wine, juice of remaining lemon, and reserved pasta cooking water. Return chicken to pan, nestling partway into sauce; simmer until sauce is thickened, 2-3 minutes more.

  6. Plate chicken Francese

    Plate chicken Francese

    Divide penne and haricots verts between serving plates and top with chicken Francese. Taste sauce and add salt and pepper as desired, then pour over chicken and pasta (feel free to discard the lemon rounds, or set aside to use as a flavorful garnish). Garnish with parsley and lemon rounds, if desired. Enjoy!

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