French Chicken Main Dish Recipes

Chicken cordon bleu or coq au vin come to mind when you think of French chicken main dishes, but there are more! Browse 50+ trusted French chicken main dish recipes.

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Chicken Paillard

Rating: 4.5 stars 38
This is a super-easy dinner and very refreshing for an outdoor barbeque or spring dinner. The lemon adds a fresh taste to a simple chicken dish.

Poulet aigu de Tarragon

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
A personal creation based on basic French methods, with a 'sharp' ginger punch. Chicken in a ginger cream sauce and arranged over steamed asparagus. Wonderful with a good bottle of Bordeaux wine over dinner.

White Coq Au Vin

Rating: 5 stars 11
Very rich and creamy white wine and cheese sauce on chicken breasts. Wonderful family-favorite we have for Christmas dinner every year. Serve over cooked white rice.

Poulet de Provencal

Rating: 4.5 stars 77
This always reminds me of an aromatic day in Eze, France.

Petite Blanquette de Poulet a l'Estragon (Tarragon Chicken)

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
A modern and light version of the traditional French Blanquette. Serve with rice.

Poulet a la Saucisse

Rating: 4.5 stars 34
Un poitrine de poulet avec un interieur base sur la saucisse. Vraiment bon! This chicken is excellent served with either a bechamel sauce or a light sauce made of sour cream, milk, Parmesan, and cream cheese, and sprinkled with parsley before serving.

Chicken French - Rochester, NY Style

Rating: 5 stars 179
I've been making this recipe 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. Enjoy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Rating: 4.5 stars 2653
Chicken cordon bleu is made easy with this quick recipe.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Rating: 5 stars 6966
'Cordon Bleu' is a French term, literally translated as 'blue ribbon', that originally referred to an award for culinary excellence given to women cooks! The term can now apply to any superior cook (yes, men too), and also to this dish (chicken, ham and Swiss cheese slices, breaded and sauteed). This yummy version adds paprika and a creamy white wine sauce worthy of its own blue ribbon. Two blue ribbon tastes in wedded bliss -- Chicken Cordon Bleu II!

Chef John's Coq Au Vin

Rating: 5 stars 728
I like to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs instead of an old rooster for my coq au vin. Like all braised dishes, tougher cuts with lots of connective tissue work best, and on a chicken that would be the thigh/leg section. Of course, someone will ask if they can use chicken breasts; please don't. They just will not add that sticky goodness to the braising liquid that the thighs will.

Delicious Easy Chicken Francese

Rating: 4.5 stars 310
This is an easy and delicious recipe for Chicken Francese. It's great over pasta or rice or with a side of your favorite vegetable

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 223
I love making casseroles, and this one's so simple. The chicken breasts, Swiss cheese, and ham are cubed, rather than stuffed and rolled, giving you all the flavor of Cordon Bleu in much less time.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu
Rating: Unrated 418
Layers of chicken, ham and Swiss cheese simmer in a creamy sauce while topped with stuffing mix.
Secret Recipe Chicken Fricassee
Rating: Unrated 11
This was my Grandma's secret family recipe from her French ancestors. I have never seen a recipe like this on any site. It's a rich creamy sauce over chicken...great with mashed potatoes. A great dish for Easter or Christmas.
Chicken Divan Casserole
Rating: 4.5 stars 48

Creamy chicken casserole based on the French classic, but without the carbs. This will be one of your favorite recipes. Low-carb and ketogenic diet-friendly.