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Airline Chicken Breast

Rated as 4.65 out of 5 Stars
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"Since food for air travel needs to be prepared far in advance, airlines back in the day created a special cut of chicken breast that wouldn't dry out as much as normal."
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Ingredients

50 m servings 1122
Original recipe yields 2 servings (2 airline chicken breasts)

Directions

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  1. Slice off 1/2 of each chicken wing by cutting through the joint where the wing meets the drumette. Slice through the skin between the thighs and breasts. Make a shallow cut along the breast bone and 2 deep cuts on either side, separating the breasts.
  2. Slice each breast off the carcass using the tip of the knife, keeping the blade pressed against the bone. Cut through the cartilage to remove breast with the wing attached.
  3. Remove the tenders and trim as needed. Season with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, herbes de Provence, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Push your finger gently under the skin of each breast, right next to the wing bone, to separate it from the meat. Slide 1 tender under the skin, center it, and smooth over the skin. Sprinkle salt over breasts.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts, skin-side down. Cook until bottom is browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Flip, reduce heat to medium, and cook until no longer pink on the inside, 7 to 10 minutes more. Add 1 tablespoon butter, rosemary, and thyme. Baste chicken with the butter. Remove chicken from the skillet.
  6. Pour stock into the pan; increase heat to high. Boil until reduced to desired thickness, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and whisk in remaining butter. Slice each chicken breast into thirds and spoon the pan sauce on top.

Footnotes

  • Chef's Notes:
  • Feel free to use whatever spices and seasoning you wish, since that will not affect the technique at all. To prep the chicken ahead of time, just cover it in plastic wrap and refrigerate after seasoning.
  • You're usually told to cook chicken to 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), but I usually stop at 150 degrees F (66 degrees C) for more tender results.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of chicken. The amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 1122 calories; 78.5 7.7 93.8 337 777 Full nutrition

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I suggest you watch the video first. The recipe calls for a whole uncooked chicken and shows how to cut the breast to make this dish. Of course , then you will have the rest of the chicken to us...

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I don't understand this recipe. It calls for a rotisserie chicken. Isn't that a fully cooked chicken - available at many groceries and Costco? I didn't make.

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I don't understand this recipe. It calls for a rotisserie chicken. Isn't that a fully cooked chicken - available at many groceries and Costco? I didn't make.

I suggest you watch the video first. The recipe calls for a whole uncooked chicken and shows how to cut the breast to make this dish. Of course , then you will have the rest of the chicken to us...

I’ve been purchasing the cut from the chef at our county club for the past several months. It’s my favorite cut of chicken. I reduce chicken stock and add 1/2 cup dry white wine to pan sauce. M...

Haven't made it but it looks wonderful! I remember flying in my "good" clothes and having actual knives and forks with actual plates and real food. I love this!

All I can say is AWESOME you have to try this one.

Best ever and I'm a roast chicken nut. Chef John made carving the Frenched ( Airline ) cut from the whole chicken look simple, but, clutz that I am, I struggled with it. I'll keep at it though....

Tasteful dish. It’s a keeper. Make soup from the rest of the chicken.

Absolutely delicious. Easy to make. Perfectly seasoned. Just loved. Will because a family standard. I , however, bought my chicken from a local chicken farm already cut up.

I used a poultry seasoning that had all the spices suggested by your chef. Yes I saved the recipe to use again.