I have not been a great cook lately. My creativity has been shot and I have been tucking into staples that I have already posted. Nothing wrong with that, but I have been keeping all of you hungry for more! This chicken recipe is one of my favorite dinners and I have made it a lot over the last month. Now that the weather is colder, I could not be more excited to start cooking soup and one-pot meals that I hope to share with you soon. If you have anything to spark my cooking, I would love to hear from you!
Crispy Chicken with Lemon Vinaigrette
4 chicken breasts (about 2 lbs.) pounded to 1/2-inch thick between two pieces of parchment or wax paper
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs beaten lightly
2 cups panko bread crumbs (or any other breadcrumbs)
Salt and pepper
Crushed red pepper (optional)
1 Tbsp. butter
1 shallot, minced (garlic is a good sub if you have it)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
1 Tbsp. plus 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil divided
6 cups mixed greens
1 cup chopped tomatoes (I like grape or Campari)
Set up three dishes in a row and a platter at the end. Place the flour in the first dish, the eggs in the second and the breadcrumbs in the third. Season all the plates with salt and pepper, add crushed rep pepper to the breadcrumbs if you like some heat.
Using tongs or your hands, dredge both sides of one of the chicken breasts in the flour to coat, shaking off the excess. Place in the egg and coat both sides, then place in the breadcrumbs and coat well on both sides. Press down and even use your hands to fill in any holes. Place on platter. Repeat with each chicken breast and place in fridge for 15 minutes up to an hour.
Warm the oven. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Heat the pan until the butter just starts to turn brown. Place chicken in the pan, do not overcrowd, you can do it in batches. Cook on both sides until crisp and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Place in the oven to keep warm and repeat with remaining chicken.
Meanwhile, whisk together the shallot, mustard and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste, then whisk in the oil. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Pour in the bottom of a large bowl and place the greens and tomatoes on top.
To serve, toss the salad to coat with the vinaigrette. Place a chicken breast on each plate and mound the salad on top. Serve immediately.