Friday, October 5, 2007

Eric's Lemon Butter Chicken

It’s not often you make a friend that you know you will have for the rest of your life. You just know. They will stick with you no matter the situation. When you’re in trouble and when things are going well. They love you even when you’re not lovable.

Jodi is one of those friends.

On the outside we’re as different as can be. Jodi grew up in Jersey, and she’s proud of it. I grew up in the foothills of southeastern Virginia… about as far away from a Jersey lifestyle as you can get! I’m shy, usually calm, timid in a crowd, and usually a tee-totaler. Jodi is loud, feisty, isn’t afraid to say what she thinks, and enjoys a cold brew. Jodi runs 2-3 miles a week and has golden-brown, naturally olive-toned skin, and doesn’t need to worry about weight. I have freckles, skin so light that Jodi’s dad calls me “Snowflake”, and I will always have issues with weight.

But we are friends for life. We’re stuck. Jodi and I can make each other laugh more easily than anyone I know. We’ve supported each other through tough times, encouraged each other during difficult situations, cheered each other on through triumphs. Jodi is always honest, even when I don’t want to hear an honest answer. She’s also not afraid to be wrong, and apologizes easily. It’s a blessing and an honor to have a friend like that.

A few years ago Jodi met Eric. Eric loves to cook. Not long after, Jodi married Eric! It was meant to be. Jodi will always eat well with Eric in the kitchen. They also have a beautiful son named Ryan!

Eric and Ryan

At least once a week, I get an incredibly detailed email from Jodi, explaining the glorious dinner that Eric prepared the night before. I am usually salivating by the end of her emails.

Last week, Jodi shared Eric’s latest kitchen triumph… a great chicken dish with a butter, lemon, and wine sauce. It really was magnificent! I made this last night and served it with gluten-free linguini noodles. The dish is incredibly aromatic, buttery, and warm. It’s one of those dishes that I could easily associate with happy memories. It makes me think of them. I felt warm and loved when eating this simple, yet elegant meal.

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Eric’s Lemon Butter Chicken

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken cutlets
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 1-2 cups corn meal or GF breadcrumbs, for coating
  • Fresh mushrooms, sliced and sauteed (opt.)
  • Sliced Mozzarella cheese (opt.)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. white or maderia wine
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice (or more to add flavor)
  • Fresh parsley, to taste
  • 1/2 stick butter

Rinse and dry chicken cutlets. Cover cutlets with a layer of rice flour (I put rice flour in a large bag and added chicken and tossed about until chicken was covered. Next, dip cutlets in egg, then in GF breadcrumbs or cornmeal. Fry until brown. Set aside in baking dish. Lay slices of mozzarella over chicken cutlets, add sautéed mushrooms if desired. Set aside.

SAUCE: Saute garlic in a 1 tbsp. of butter, lightly. Add rest of butter. Add chicken broth. Add lemon juice and wine. Simmer 5 minutes. Add parsley and pour over meat. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Let stand before serving. Serve with GF linguini noodles or rice, and mixed green salad.


Michael and I will be traveling for the next 5 days, for our anniversary! I will not post a weekly menu for next week since we won’t return until Wednesday, but I plan on coming back with several Amish dishes to share with you! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll post again on next Wednesday or Thursday!

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  1. Happy anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful trip! (Make sure to stock up on all the cheap, fresh spices you're sure to find - if they're anything like the Amish in our area, that is.)

    This dish looks wonderful - and right up Brad's alley. I'll have to bookmark it!

  2. Thanks Abby! I didn't know they sold a lot of fresh spices! I can't wait!! I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for farmer's markets!!! I really want a quilt too... but that may be a little far from the budget!!

    I can't wait! I'm counting the hours!

    I hope you like it! You can of course just substitute breadcrumbs and regular white flour instead of the gf stuff!

    Have a great weekend girl!!

  3. another wonderful success with your blog!!

  4. hi and happy anniversary. i just found your site via either cheese 365 or food tv blog (there are SO so many blogs!) and love that you're visitng amish country- i hail from pa dutch country and am anxious to hear what you find. the green dragon near lancaster, then there's the market in leesport is fabulous, (though that might be only wednesdays) also the fairgrounds market in reading is awesome. also saw you like loreena mckennitt..

    take care, dorette

  5. I love the blog!!! Everything you said about friendship is SO true! I don't have a better, more caring, more loving, opposite friend that I love to death!!!

  6. Wow! This dish looks great. I just discovered your blog today and you have some nice recipes! My blog is relatively new and very much a work in progress. I'd like to add a link to yours. May I? Thanks

  7. Dorette - Thanks so much for your comments! I just got back from Quarryville, PA... a beautiful place, I must say!!! i will be going back, I can assure you!! Michael and I fell in love with the area and with the wonderful Mennonite and Amish community! I will be sharing some recipes later in the week! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!

    Jodes - you know every word was true! You're the best and I miss you more than you know! You need to live in NC in the summers or something like that!!! ;-)

    Suzanne - It would be a true honor if you'd like to add me to your blog list! i would LOVE for you too! Thank you so much for the compliment! I will add you to mine as well! I look forward to hearing more from you!!

  8. Dorette - PS... I LOVE Loreena McKennett! She's absolutely one of my favorite singers/songwriters. We listened to one of her older albums on the way home today from PA!!! I'm glad to find someone who likes her as much as I do!!

  9. I just made this dish and it was YUUUUUUUMMMMYY!!! But now I have that really full, sleepy feeling so I'm off to the couch to veg-out to WHYY:) Thanks for posting this recipe.

  10. Travis -- SO glad you enjoyed this dish! This is definitely "guy" friendly... my husband really likes it!! Thanks so much for trying it and letting me know how it turned out!!

  11. Yummy!! I've had this bookmarked for a while and we finally had it last night!! We really liked it--thanks for posting it.

    By the way, the pecan chicken you posted is still my husband's most requested chicken dish---we love it!!