Chicken French (Rochester, NY Style)


This is a Chicken French recipe I've been making for years, and it is one of my family's most requested meals. Serve with brown and wild rice or rice pilaf along with Italian-cut green beans. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

close up view of roasted chicken garnished with fresh herbs and lemon in a pan
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour, or as needed

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • ¼ cup dry sherry

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium chicken base


  1. Mix together flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Whisk beaten eggs, sugar, and Parmesan cheese in another bowl until the mixture is thoroughly blended and the sugar has dissolved.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the oil shimmers. Dip chicken breasts into the flour mixture, then into the egg mixture, and gently lay them into the skillet. Pan-fry chicken breasts until golden brown and no longer pink in the middle, about 6 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  3. In the same skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter, and stir in garlic. Add sherry, lemon juice, and chicken base. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and stir until smooth and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Be sure to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet as you stir.

  4. Return chicken breasts to the sauce, and gently simmer for about 15 minutes. To serve, place a chicken breast on a plate, and top with sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

405 Calories
23g Fat
15g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 194mg 65%
Sodium 416mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 9mg 47%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 388mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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