Eat! Easy Chicken Francaise (and One More Wooden Sign)

August 4, 2015


I do not like cooking, but I do like eating, and while I could make do with cheese and crackers or cereal for most meals, my family would prefer not to. Can you believe them? 

To make everyone happy, I opt for very simple recipes. Today, I am sharing my quick and easy Chicken Francaise. 

I cook the way I craft, on the fly. I am not really good at the specifics, I add to taste, I don't usually measure. I kind of wing it as I go and I don't really care about perfection. Please keep that in mind as we go through this recipe, as always, it is more of a guide or inspiration. My food may not be pretty, but it is good.

Basic, but good. 

Ok, so I start with:

An egg
Flour
Salt
Pepper 
Chicken Tenderloins
Cooking Oil of your choice

I coat the chicken with egg, flour and salt. I put oil in the pan and fry the chicken up, a few minutes on each side. Then I remove the chicken and put it on a plate.


In the same pan I add:

Butter
Flour
Chicken Broth
Lemon Juice 

On very low heat, I mix these items together and make a sauce. After about 5-7 minutes, I add the chicken back in and let it cook in the sauce for another few minutes.


That's it! I told you, easy. 


I remove it the chicken and serve it with my mom's famous (ok, not really) popcorn rice, mashed potatoes or pasta or just a salad. It depends on the kind of night we're having or how hot it is outside. 

I don't have a photo of that pretty dinner picture, because I actually made this at 10am. It's hot here today and I want to be in the pool later, not the kitchen! 

Speaking of eating, I made a new sign! It's actually a sticker I have had for a long time. It's my way of getting on the chalkboard paint wagon without actually painting. Cheating again, I know. I shared the easy how-to yesterday at The V-Spot Blog


For more basic recipes you can check out my easy Chicken Pizziola 




Or search Eat in the sidebar!

My husband always says that I would run the best kids' food restaurant. 

Love that guy.

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46 comments:

  1. Kim,
    This chicken sounds so good. I love the popcorn rice recipe. We have a similar rice we make called gooey rice. Love it! Love your sign too. Have a good Tuesday.
    Kris

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    1. Gooey rice??? You're kidding! Where's the recipe for that? I love anything with sauce and this sounds like it has a lot of that! Yum!

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    2. Kris is going to have to share the gooey rice recipe! I've never heard of that!

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    3. Yes! She will have to, it sounds de-lish!!

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  2. Hi Kim ~ I actually love to cook but I have to be in the mood. It's just me and my hubby at home now and he works rotating shifts, so sometimes it's just myself at home for dinner. I rarely cook for myself...I'm content with a simple salad, a smoothie, or cheese and crackers. And especially in the summer, who wants to be standing over a hot stove or heating up the oven? Definitely not me. Your chicken recipes look and sound delicious!

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    1. Thanks Melanie! Yes, I’m with you, no cooking over a hot stove in summer, especially when everyone’s schedules are so erratic. Sometimes, I cook and no one is around to eat! A smoothie sounds good…yum! Thanks for the visit! :)

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    2. Mel---make one of your outstanding meals for you and Brian and save apportion for yourself!!!

      Jane

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  3. :-) Sounds good to me.
    I like to cook and bake. I like to try new recipes.
    This past winter I watched all the Julia Child T.V shows to learn some of her tricks. :-) It was fun. And I did learn some fun tips.
    I love the sign.
    I will be out and about this week. Wishing you a great week!
    Carla

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    1. See, now I know nothing about cooking, no tricks here. I will swap you ballet information for recipe tricks! Enjoy your time away!

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  4. Hi Kim, I'm like you and love to cook quick and easy meals. I have never made this dish before and I know my family would love this. I would love to have you share this at our Cooking & Crafting with J & J party.
    Thanks.
    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie! Thanks. I will pop by and link there today!

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  5. Oh, Kim, that looks so yuuuuuuummmmmm!!!!!!! I think that and mashed potatoes together would be nirvana for me!

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    1. I know, mashed potatoes are my favorite!! I make them with cream cheese and sour cream and they are so rich!

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  6. Okay, this is the second time I've tried this comment, so sorry if it shows up twice and sorry if it's not the same wording...a minute went by and I forgot what I said! :-) I love easy recipes and think this one looks really good...I've pinned it. See, I told you we were long lost sisters. I could eat cheese and crackers for the rest of my life and be set! Oh, and if you were here in the south, that chicken would be fried in lard! ;-)

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    1. We can have a cheese and cracker party on my screened in porch!! It will be fabulous!! :) ps- I love getting pinned, thanks!

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  7. Sounds fantastic, Kim, and quick is the way to go for me some nights. I cook now just for me and hubby so I have the time to experiment and he loves anything!!! When the kids were here it was an ala carte meal. LOVE the sign!

    Jane x

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    1. Oh yes, the a la carte meals...we have a lot of those nights around here! I am not fond!! And thanks! It is a really easy and yummy meal, Jane. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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  8. Holy smokes... she cooks! lol Sorry, I couldn't help it ;)

    It looks really good, Kim and so does the sign. I usually cook more simply when I'm home alone, but I'll make at least one nice dinner during the week when no one is here, just because. Tonight I had avocado pasta :)

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Yes, can you believe it…I cooked! ;-) I still really don’t like it though. Your avocado pasta sounds really good. My husband would love that. Too bad for him, it doesn’t sound easy.

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  9. Oooo, sounds delish. I used to love to cook big meals but since my back surgeries, it's quick and easy meals for me. This looks like it could a new one for me to try. Thanks for sharing. And, uh, I would also love the recipe for gooey rice. ;)

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    1. Thanks Kristi! This one is easy and quick for sure.

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  10. Thanks Kim for joining Cooking & Crafting With J & J.

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  11. I'm like you, I cook because I have to (although sometimes I do enjoy cooking too, especially on weekends), I love simple recipes and this is definitely a must try for me since my boys LOVE anything chicken! The sign looks great, I couldn't tell it was sticker if you didn't mention that part!

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    1. We're a big chicken family here too, Vel. It's tricky trying to stay creative, so this one is a favorite!

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  12. I hate to cook. Always did.

    Husband always like to.

    When husband mostly retired, he took over as Resident Chef.

    Mmmmmmm.... Purrrrrrrrfect.... -grin-

    Tessa

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    1. My husband is a great cook and loves to do it. I get the weekends off and it’s purrrfect for me, too! ;-)

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  13. I like cooking and baking, but do not spend too much time on them lately. Especially during the summer, I am a basic cook...I would be in the kitchen just because of my kid ;o I Love your simple recipes, I will try the chicken pizziola this week!

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    1. We're having the pizziola tonight, Annie! That's so funny.

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  14. That sounds GREAT. I had missed the popcorn rice recipe so I went over and copied it.Dumb question for you. Is your corning ware dish covered or uncovered...ie...does the rice steam itself or does the water just bake out into the oven? I am definitely going to do this!
    Love the sign (you cheater-lol)
    If you get a chance pop by my blog and see the signs my son and his buddy have been making...they are great (I think). xo Diana

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    1. Hello Diana! Great to hear from you. Hope your summer has been a relaxing one, but if I know you, you’ve been busy, busy, busy! This teacher always says no dumb questions…and you can tell I am not a cook, because if I were I probably would’ve mentioned that the rice is cooked uncovered. Yes, the water just absorbs into the rice and evaporates out. Your son’s signs are very creative and way beyond my scope of talent. I am a peel and stick crafter! ;-) Enjoy the summer and thanks so much for popping by, you have been missed! xo

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  15. I love easy cooking. I tend to pick complicated recipes and then always make them on a night when I have had a long day or don't have a lot of time! Your chicken sounds good and easy. LOVE your new sign too!

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    1. It's easy, AnnMarie, I promise. I actually wrote my post while it was simmering on the stove, it's THAT simple! I like that sign, too...I am a fan of the look, just not the actual painting! ;-)

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  16. Simple meals are usually the best! I have a similar one for you that I did when I had to feed kids every day...basically very much like what you were doing but cook potatoes and green beans in with the chicken and broth...thicken after if you like. The potatoes taste fantastic that way.

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    1. That sound awesome, Deb. I haven't had breakfast yet, but I may skip straight to dinner now...

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  17. Oh wow...this looks so delicious! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  18. Looks a good dish to me Kim ... i would serve it with cauliflower rice.

    All the best Jan

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    1. That sounds like a perfect combo, Jan! Thanks for the idea!

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  19. Looks very tasty. You can't have too many chicken recipes!

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    1. I agree! Glad you liked it! :)

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  20. Looks and sounds very easy and tasty. I know what you mean about cooking earlier in the day. A lot of days, I use the slow cooker, or else make the husband cook on the grill and I do salad. His grandma used to make chicken a bit like this and add tarragon to it -- she was actually of French descent, always lived on the Mississippi coast. She called it "smothered chicken."

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    1. Mmmm. Smothered chicken sounds delish! I love things that are saucy and juicy, those dishes are my favorites.

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  21. This looks GREAT!! I will try it next week. I'm afraid that we will have to have it with mashed potatoes. Hubby is not a rice eater....he gets choked on it. :^(
    Love your sign...I got a sticker the other day, but time has gotten away from me. Maybe I will get it made next week while the chicken is cooking :^)
    Blessings to you,
    J

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    1. Thanks J!! This is really easy and you totally could make the sign and the chicken at the same time! ;-) Mashed potatoes is an awesome choice, that’s how the restaurant serves it and you can’t argue with that! Have a great weekend and let me know if you make a sign. Send me a pic and I’ll post it to the site!

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  22. Well it looks awfully tasty. I don't cook real fancy, but I do love trying different things and have some recipes that are my families favorites so I cook them regularly. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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