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Lemon Sage Chicken on a white plate with orzo and arugula.

Lemon Sage Chicken

A recipe for Lemon Sage Chicken! Thin pieces of chicken are breaded in a lemon parmesan crust and pan-fried until golden with fried sage leaves.
Course Main
Cuisine N/A
Keyword chicken, lemon, poultry, sage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 pound (450 grams) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup (65 grams) all-purpose flour for coating
  • 2/3 cup (80 grams) plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup (17 grams) freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon plus more for serving
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) olive oil
  • 4 sprigs fresh sage
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) dry white wine
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon (4 grams) cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7 milliliters) water


  • Slice each chicken breast in half horizontally. Cover a work surface with plastic wrap. Place the chicken halves on plastic wrap and cover with another sheet of plastic wrap. Use a mallet to pound each piece of chicken until it is evenly 1/4 inches (6 millimeters) thick. Season each side with salt and pepper.
  • Place the flour on a rimmed plate.
  • On another plate, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt, pepper, and zest from the lemon.
  • In a wide bowl, briefly beat together the eggs and juice from the lemon.
  • In a large wide pan, place olive oil over medium heat.
  • Coat a thin piece of chicken thoroughly in the flour, then dip in the beaten eggs to cover. Allow the excess egg to drip off, then coat all sides in the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Place the prepared chicken in a single layer in the heated skillet (in batches if needed) and cook until the bottom turns golden, about 2 minutes. Adjust heat between medium and medium low as needed to brown the chicken and cook through the center.
  • Flip the chicken to cook the other side and add leaves from the sage sprigs. Once golden and cooked through, remove chicken and sage to a towel lined plate.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook until just fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour in the wine, scraping any browned pieces on the bottom of the pan, then pour in the chicken broth. Increase the heat to medium high.
  • Once the liquid has reduced by half, add the butter. Adjust seasonings to taste with salt and pepper if needed.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Pour into the liquid while whisking and continue to cook until thickened.
  • Serve the chicken immediately topped with fried sage leaves, sauce, and lemon wedges.