Local Spring Dish

Thank you to the Geneva Wegmans for providing their version of Chicken French. Delicious!

While the weather might not be able to make up its mind, I’ve decided that I’m officially calling it spring. With people buzzing about Spring Break plans and all the beach-bodies-in-training at the gym, hearty winter soups just don’t seem to be doing it any more. That’s why I’m going to let you in a little New York secret recipe that brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “spring chicken” (excuse my pun).

To be fair, the name is entirely deceiving: Chicken French. I suppose the dish might have had some roots across the pond, but when consulting trusty Google I discovered that this dish is entirely considered native to (and incredibly popular in) our lovely New York State – so much so that some people might actually call it Chicken Rochester!

Basically, Chicken French takes a lightly breaded piece of chicken breast and sautées it in a sauce of sherry, butter, chicken stock and lemon. Somewhere in the process, a little bit of magic is sprinkled in and you end up with the most succulent, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth piece of poultry you’ve ever had. Throw together some fresh green beans and mashed potatoes (to soak up the extra sauce, of course) and you’ve got yourself a plate full of happiness.

Some people choose to add garlic or parmesan – it really only makes it better. I remember the first time I had it, I had two reactions: the first was, “Oh my goodness, does my mother know that there’s alcohol in this recipe? I’m only 8!” (Don’t worry, it cooks out.) The second response had fewer words and more angel choruses… It was fantastic.

Ultimately, if you enjoy cooking with white wine (and if occasionally some of it makes it into the food!) then you’ll love the similar depth of flavor that comes in this recipe. Also, I don’t mean to overwhelm you, but if you’re feeling a little wild you could even create my mother’s favorite version of this recipe: Artichoke French. I’ll let the name speak for itself.

Here are some links! Bon appétit!

Chicken French – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/213487/chicken-french—rochester-ny-style/

Artichokes French – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/232823/artichokes-french/

Halie Solea 2013By Halie Solea

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