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Chicken Milanese with Escarole Salad and Pickled Red Onions

Posted by  on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Thanks to Steve, this recipe has become a favorite in our kitchen. As with every salad-esque dish I was instantly skeptical–I need my carbs–but upon first bite I realized this one was a keeper. The combination of panko-crusted chicken, peppery escarole, and pickled red onions, creates a form of deliciousness not typically associated with a salad. Top it off with some deconstructed hazelnut pesto and dinner can’t get much better. Trust me.

Chicken Milanese with Escarole Salad and Pickled Red Onions recipe: Food Network

Chicken Milanese


For the Pickled Onions:

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 really good shots hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
  • 1 red onion, sliced into very thin rings

For the Chicken Milanese:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 4 chicken breasts, lightly pounded to 1/4-inch thick
  • Kosher salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon butter

For the Escarole Salad:

  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 head escarole, washed, spun dry, cut into bite size pieces
  • High-quality extra-virgin olive oil


To make the Pickled Onions: In a small bowl, combine red wine vinegar with 1/2 cup of cold tap water. Stir in salt, the sugar and the hot sauce. Add the sliced onions and let sit for at least one hour.

To make the Chicken Milanese: Set up a standard breading procedure in 3 wide deep plates. Fill 1 with flour, 1 with the beaten eggs, and 1 with the panko and grated Parmigiano. Season the chicken breasts with salt. Using one hand for dry things and 1 hand for wet things, take each piece of chicken through the breading procedure: dredge lightly in the flour, then the egg wash and then through the bread crumbs. Lay the breaded chicken on a sheet tray and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Pour a little olive oil into a large saute pan. Bring to a medium-high heat and add butter. Test the oil by flicking flour or bread crumbs into the oil. If it doesn’t sizzle-WAIT! When the oil is hot, test it again by dipping the edge of a piece of chicken into the oil, the oil should gently sizzle. Cook the chicken in the oil in batches on both sides until it is a lovely golden brown color and is crispy, about 4 to 5 minutes. When the chicken comes out of the oil lay it on paper towels to drain off the excess oil and sprinkle with salt. You can keep the chicken in a low oven to keep it warm while the rest of the chicken is cooking.

To make the Escarole Salad: Combine the pecorino, hazelnuts and parsley in the food processor and pulse until they are coarsely chopped. Toss together the escarole, hazelnut mixture and some of the pickled red onions and dress with some of the pickling liquid and olive oil. Season with salt.

Place chicken on each serving plate and top with the escarole salad.

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Yum. I am going to try this one. Looks delish.

I can’t wait for the next post – muhahahahaha.


March 24th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

This is my new favorite recipe! I have made it twice since you added it to your blog and I am craving it right now…. I did make a few modifications because I don’t eat nuts and we are dieting a bit. I omitted the hazelnuts, used whole wheat panko and instead of frying in a lot of oil w the butter, I “pan fried” with just a little bit of each. It is a permanent addition to my meal rotation! I will email you a picture… delish! Thanks Dining Detour :)

April 27th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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