Chicken Francese


This recipe for chicken francese was given to me by my mother many years ago. I like to serve it at dinner parties or for a romantic dinner with my husband.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins



  • 4 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 cup milk, or as needed

  • 1 cup bread crumbs

  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 cup olive oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced


  • 1 cup white wine

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 1 ounce brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®), or to taste


  1. Make the chicken: Remove tenderloin from each chicken breast half, then fillet each half into two slices. Pound all chicken, including tenderloins, to a thickness of 1/4 inch.

  2. Transfer chicken to a bowl and pour in enough milk to completely cover; soak for 30 minutes.

  3. Mix bread crumbs, Pecorino Romano, and parsley together in a bowl. Remove chicken from milk and dredge in bread crumb mixture until evenly coated.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared skillet, season with salt and pepper, and place lemon slices over top.

  6. Make the sauce: Pour wine into the skillet with chicken drippings and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add broth and lemon juice; boil until reduced by half, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour wine mixture over chicken, then drizzle orange liqueur over top.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until sauce is bubbling and chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 20 to 25 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of milk and breading ingredients. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1066 Calories
70g Fat
30g Carbs
63g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1066
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 70g 90%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 1028mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 63g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 470mg 36%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 634mg 13%

* 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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