Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chicken Milanese with Spring Greens & Parmesan-Browned Butter Orzo

Almost a year ago, I was lucky enough to win a subscription to Cooking Light magazine through another great food blog, Grumpy's HoneyBunch.  If you don't already get this particular magazine, I'd highly recommend it!  I'm always able to find healthy, easy meals to prepare for my family.  This particular grouping of recipes is no exception!

For many years now, I have heard my father speak of his new favorite meal-- Chicken Milanese.  He had it at one of his favorite restaurants and frequently looks for variations of that original dish.  I knew when I saw this recipe in the May issue of Cooking Light, it was a must try!  I'm not sure how close this one comes to the dish  he referred to, but I do know that this particular attempt was devoured in no time!  My husband and I both loved it and will definitely be making it again soon.

Chicken Milanese with Spring Greens & Parmesan-Browned Butter Orzo

3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
Dash of sugar
2 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 cups packed spring mix salad greens
2 lemon wedges

Combine juice, vinegar, shallots, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and sugar.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/2 inch thickness using a meat mallet or heavy skillet.  Combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a shallow dish.  Place flour in another shallow dish and the egg white in a third shallow dish.  Sprinkle the chicken breasts with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.  Dredge the chicken in flour; dip in egg white, and then in the breadcrumb mixture.  Place the chicken aside for 5 minutes.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes, turning once browned and cooked for another 2 minutes or until browned and done.  Add 2 teaspoons oil and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to the shallot mixture.  Stir with a whisk.  Add greens and toss gently. Place 1 chicken breast and 1 cup salad on each of 2 plates, served with a lemon wedge.

For the Parmesan-Browned Butter Orzo:
Cook 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat 4 minutes or until browned.  Add 1/2 cup orzo; cook for 1 minute.  Add 2 tablespoons white wine and cook for 1 minute.  Add 1 1/4 cup chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 13 minutes.  Stir in 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan.  Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.  Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chives.

Source: Cooking Light, May 2010


  1. The chicken sounds great, and that orzo just takes this meal over the top...when's dinner?

  2. I make this recipe all the time. Originally found it in Cooking Light but now I just come to your blog to find it. It's great isn't it!?

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