Creamy Chicken Francese


White wine, lemons, garlic, and half-and-half come together for a creamy, delicious sauce on these quick-cooking chicken cutlets. A green vegetable or a salad, and some crusty bread, are perfect sides!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (16 ounce) package linguine pasta

  • 4 (4 ounce) chicken breast cutlets

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed

  • 1 medium lemon, cut into 8 slices

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic

  • ¾ cup chicken broth

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley (Optional)


  1. Stir beaten eggs and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese together in a shallow bowl. Stir flour, salt, and pepper together in a separate bowl. Dredge cutlets in the seasoned flour.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook linguine at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, heat butter and oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl the skillet once the butter has melted to combine butter and oil. Add lemon slices and cook, topped with a splatter screen, for 2 minutes per side.

  4. Dip floured chicken cutlets into the egg mixture and cook in the same skillet, about 4 minutes per side. Be careful not to disturb the cutlets as they brown. Remove browned cutlets to a rack and keep warm. Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Pour in chicken broth, wine, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid has reduced to about 1/3 cup, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

  5. Remove skillet from heat and cool sauce slightly, about 2 minutes. Gradually add half-and-half, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Drain linguine, reserving some of the cooking water.

  6. Place skillet back on low heat. If the sauce is too thick, add cooking liquid from the pasta, 1 tablespoon at a time, until thinned to your desired consistency. If the sauce is too thin, create a paste from the leftover flour and about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Quickly stir or whisk the paste into the sauce and allow to cook to desired consistency.

  7. Return chicken pieces and lemon slices to the sauce to warm through, about 2 minutes.

  8. Serve each cutlet with two lemon slices and sauce over hot, cooked linguine. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Cook's Note:

My family loved these over linguini, but use spaghetti, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

841 Calories
29g Fat
95g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 841
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 201mg 67%
Sodium 421mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 95g 35%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 25mg 124%
Calcium 192mg 15%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 611mg 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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