Close up on Chicken Francese in sauce in pan.

Chicken Francese

Pan-fried chicken with buttery lemon sauce. This fancy dish is quite easy to make at home! Serve it with mashed potatoes, fluffy rice, noodles (spaghetti or fettuccine) or mashed cauliflower for a low-carb option.

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword chicken Francese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 324 kcal
Author Anna


for the chicken:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

for the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine optional
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken stock
US Customary - Metric


  1. Cut each chicken breast lengthwise, to make 4 cutlets.
  2. Season each cutlet with salt and pepper.
  3. Place flour in a shallow dish. Whisk egg and milk in another shallow dish.
  4. Dip each chicken cutlet in flour first, then in egg mixture.
  5. Heat up oil and butter in a pan.
  6. Fry each cutlet until golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Place on plate and set aside.
  7. Wipe the pan with paper towel.
  8. Add butter to pan and let melt.
  9. Add shallot and saute for 2 minutes.
  10. Add lemon slices and let caramelize. Remove them onto a plate.
  11. Add white wine, if using, and cook for 2 minutes.
  12. Add lemon juice and simmer for 2 minutes.
  13. Mix cornstarch and chicken stock and pour the mixture into the pan. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
  14. Place chicken back in the pan with sauce and let everything heat up.
  15. Serve chicken with sauce and lemon slices, over potatoes, rice or pasta.

Recipe Notes

To make the sauce creamy, add 1/4 cup of heavy cream while simmering. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Francese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 464mg20%
Potassium 357mg10%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.