The "What's for Dinner?" Challenge


You know how it feels. You come home after a long day and your partner reminds you its your turn to cook. "What's for dinner?" says he, "and it better be good!" Here's David Urso's entry in the What's for Dinner Challenge (with a little help from Pinterest):

30-Minute Hammered Chicken Cutlets
2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 pound total)
1/3 cup flour
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chicken stock or dry white wine
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
lemon slices for garnish

Egg noodles cooked to taste

Butterfly the chicken breast halves horizontally and pound them with a meat hammer to 1/4-inch thickness. Mix together the flour, salt, and pepper. Rinse the chicken pieces in water. Dredge them in the flour mixture until well coated. Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add half of the chicken pieces at a time and brown well for 3 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm in the oven while you prepare the sauce. Add the chicken stock (or white wine), and lemon juice to the pan. Reduce the sauce by half. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Serve the chicken and sauce over the egg noodles and sprinkle with parsley. Serves 4.
Note: Make sure your partner does the dishes, particularly in light of the "it better be good" comment.