This recipe is inspired by Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis’ trip to 150-year-old Trattoria Sostanza in Florence. The chicken is cooked in a combination of cultured butter and olive oil. Cultured butter has a higher butterfat content, with a slight tang from those cultures. The butterfat gives cultured butter a slightly higher smoke point and, when combined with olive oil, gives enough cooking time to finish the chicken and the sauce simultaneously. If the butter is darkening too quickly, remove it from the heat and continue to baste with the hot butter.
And I have to add, this recipe made for the most spoon tender and moist chicken breast that you will ever encounter.It’s like having a taste of Tuscany in your own kitchen in 30 minutes or less.
Hunter Lewis, Editor in Chief
Food & Wine Magazine
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Two 7-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lightly pounded to 3/4-inch thickness
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) cold salted cultured butter (such as Vermont Creamery), cut into pieces, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Lemon slices, for garnish
Sprigs of fresh flat leaf parsley, for garnish
Place beaten egg in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Spread flour in a separate shallow bowl or pie plate. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working with 1 breast at a time, dip chicken in egg, letting any excess drip back into bowl, then dredge in flour, shaking off excess.
Melt 1/4 cup butter with oil in a 10-inch stainless steel skillet over medium-high, and cook, swirling occasionally, until milk solids begin to sink to bottom of skillet and start to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add chicken, rounded sides down, and cook, swirling skillet occasionally, until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Carefully turn chicken over, and add remaining 6 tablespoons butter. Tilt skillet toward you so butter pools, and cook, basting chicken often, until chicken is just cooked through and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, and carefully pour in lemon juice. Note: the butter will start to bubble and brown.
Using a spatula place the chicken breast in the middle of the plate and garnish with lemon slices and parsley.Serve immediately.
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