Weekly recipe attempt: Food 911

chicken franceseAs an amateur cook, I'm always on the look out for easy meals to fix for company, especially easy meals that look complicated.  I've found the perfect easy, company food care of Food Network's most attractive chef, in my opinion, Tyler Florence. 

Weekly recipe attempt: Chicken Francese

Tyler coins this meal as part of the perfect first date menu.  I kind of agree. This meal, especially this recipe, is fairly easy to manufacture, and looks pretty on the plate.  I, however, don't really think that a meal cooked at home is particularly proper for a first date.  After watching the disaster of Dave Lieberman's blind date from Dave Does (click here for my post and the link to the Aphrodesiacs episode) the thought of cooking for a complete stranger at your home can be a little creepy especially if you try too hard.  Cooking is more of a third date thing in my opinion, so I recommend this for a third date as opposed to date number one.  But I digress.

I made the chicken without too many screw ups.  The one thing I should mention about the chicken is that you should definitely try to pound it as thin as you can get it.  I didn't pound mine thin enough, partly because I don't own a malet, and partly because the chicken breast I had was from a mutant chicken that had a breast the size of a turkey's.  This led to the chicken taking a bit longer to cook, which if you have company, is a bad thing.  Once the chicken was finally done, I placed it on a bed of green beans for color.  All of it went so well together.  I think I used a touch too much lemon juice in the sauce so be careful.  Half a lemon goes a long way, especially when the sauce cooks down and concentrates. 

All in all, I give this recipe a 9 out of 10.  I admit I may be adding half a point because I like to look at Tyler while he cooks this, but the recipe is really good, especially for that special someone. 


  1. Valerie Said:

    I don't have a mallet either, but I use an empty wine bottle. Even though the wine is gone, the bottle has a great many uses.

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