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Chicken Scallopini

Rated as 4.61 out of 5 Stars

"While many have heard of veal scallopini, you can make this Italian dish with most any meat or even vegetables. The trick is to use a demi-glace of the same style -- i.e., a venison demi if using deer. You can 'fake' a demi-glace by reducing an appropriate brown stock and adding a water and flour slurry to thicken. Makes an awesome romantic dinner for two. "
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40 m servings 542
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. In a small bowl, stir together the garlic and butter until well combined. Set aside. Place a chicken breast half on a work surface with the thick side facing to the right (if you're right-handed), and place your left hand down on the chicken breast. Using a very sharp knife, carefully cut the chicken breast from the thick side to about 1/2 inch from the edge of the thin side, in a horizontal cut. Open the cut chicken breast and spread it out like an open book. Using a meat mallet, gently pound the butterflied chicken breast out until it's an even thickness.
  2. Place the flour into a shallow dish, and dredge each chicken breast on both sides with flour. Melt the garlic butter in a large skillet over medium heat until it stops foaming, and cook each chicken breast until golden brown on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Sprinkle each breast with salt and pepper. Remove the chicken breasts to a platter, and keep warm.
  3. Cook and stir the mushrooms in the same skillet as the chicken until the mushrooms have absorbed the remaining butter in the skillet and have begun to turn brown at the edges. Stir in capers, lemon juice, white wine, and chicken demi-glace, and stir to combine. Reduce to a simmer. Adjust salt and pepper again, and stir the parsley into the sauce.
  4. Remove the chicken breasts to plates, and serve the sauce over the chicken. Garnish each serving with a lemon slice.


  • Cook's Note
  • If you need to make this for a large party, cook the chicken as directed but in several small batches, and reserve the butter and flour from cooking each batch until you are ready to make the sauce for all.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 542 calories; 27.2 34.8 34.8 128 884 Full nutrition

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Excellent dish. Taste even better if a bottle of wine is consumed during preparation.

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had to substitute alot of things. turned out pretty good still though. I'm gonna chalk this up to user error and try again,.

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Excellent dish. Taste even better if a bottle of wine is consumed during preparation.

This dish is a standard in our household. We love it with steamed broccoli, and perhaps garlic mashed potatoes. Another reviewer is confused over the term "scallopini", which refers to the thi...

Excellent recipe - it was delicious. I didn't have white wine so I used chicken broth and increased the amount for sauce. No glaze either but chopped portabella mushrooms worked well

Loved it! Didn't have mushrooms but they'd have been welcome! I didn't think it needed lemon juice or the demi-glace. I'll definitely be making this again! Thanks!

This dish is not new to me at all, and I have always loved it. But I've always used chicken broth wih the wine and lemon juice, never demi-glace. The demi-glace made it even better - richer, wit...

Fixed this tonight and loved it!! Could not find chicken flavored demi-glace so substituted this for chicken broth. Wonderful! Sliced green olives would be good in place of the capers. I wil...

I love these ingredients. I also add artichoke hearts. Yumm! I also increase the ingredients for the sauce so that there's plenty for the rice. I use chicken tenderloins, the perfect size an...

I make this fairly often and usually edit the steps to speed things up. I melt the shortening (butter really does taste best...) then sautee about a tsp. of minced garlic (in the jar). I don't s...

Made this last night - this is a keeper. Did not make any changes to recipe. Recipe was so simple, but elegant enough for guests or a romantic dinner. I served it with rice pilaf and broiled a...