For this past weekend's Titanic themed dinner, we served a wonderful entree; Chicken Lyonnaise. Both the kids and the adults loved this chicken dish from the first class dinner menu. The book, Last Dinner On The Titanic, says the following about the dish:
This is one of the most delicious items on the first-class dinner menu. The sauce is from Lyons, considered by many to be the gastronomic capital of France, and employs two foods for which the area is renowned - onions from the Rhone Valley and poultry from Bresse.
I was worried that the chicken would come out dry but, I remained faithful the ingredients and the preparation in the book. I was wrong, the chicken turned out moist and delicious. We served this chicken with creamed baby carrots. Enjoy!
1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 boneless chicken breasts
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 small onions, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock
2 teaspoons tomato paste
Pinch granulated sugar
1. In sturdy plastic bag, shake together flour, 1 tablespoon of the thyme, salt and pepper. One at a time, dip chicken breasts into egg, and then shake in flour mixture.
2. In large deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Place chicken in pan, skin side down. Cook, turning once, for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from skillet and place in 225-degree oven.
3. Reduce heat to medium, add remaining oil to skillet. Stir in onions, garlic and remaining thyme; cook, stirring often, for five minutes or until onions are translucent. Increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook onions, stirring often, for five minutes or until golden brown.
4. Add wine to pan; cook, stirring, to scrape up any brown bits, for about a minute or until reduced by half. Stir in stock, tomato paste and sugar. Boil for two minutes or until beginning to thicken.
5. Return chicken to pan, turning to coat, and cook for five minutes or until juices from chicken run clear.