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Crispy Chicken Milanese with Herb

This flavorful dish is named after the city of Milan in Italy. It is popular not only in Italy but also in Latin American countries where any kind of breaded meat is called ‘Milanesa’ or ‘Milanese’. This dish was actually introduced into South America by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The dish is made with thinly sliced chicken, beef, veal, or pork. There are even modern variants with tofu or eggplant. The meat is dipped into eggs and then breadcrumbs, along with garlic, herbs and/or other seasonings, then shallow fried.

Although sometimes mozzarella, tomato pasta and maybe also ham are added, to make ‘Milanese a la Napolitana’, our recipe is the basic chicken Milanese recipe. You will need chicken breast halves, along with eggs and panko (also known as Japanese breadcrumbs) for dipping. We are adding parsley and oregano, herbs which are often used in traditional Italian recipes, to add delicate flavor accents to the dish. A little lemon juice (fresh of course!) is sprinkled over the chicken Milanese just before serving.

The crunchy coating contrasts beautifully with the soft, moist chicken breast inside, and this is a dish that you cannot get bored with. Perhaps you will want to add it to your regular meal rotation, because it is something the whole family should enjoy. Serve it with pasta or potatoes, plus your favorite vegetables. Some people like to serve a little tomato sauce with their chicken Milanese, either the bottled kind or, preferably something homemade. Next time you want chicken for dinner, try this classic Italian recipe. Continue reading

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