Florentine Butter Chicken


This recipe is inspired by Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis' trip to 150-year-old Trattoria Sostanza in Florence. Cultured butter has a higher butterfat content, with a slight tang from those cultures. The butterfat gives cultured butter a slightly higher smoke point and, when combined with olive oil, gives enough cooking time to finish the chicken and the sauce simultaneously. If the butter is darkening too quickly, remove it from the heat and continue to baste with the hot butter.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 (7-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lightly pounded to 3/4-inch-thickness

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) cold salted cultured butter (such as Vermont Creamery), cut into pieces, divided

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)


  1. Place beaten egg in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Spread flour in a separate shallow bowl or pie plate. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working with 1 breast at a time, dip chicken in egg, letting any excess drip back into bowl, then dredge in flour, shaking off excess.

  2. Melt 1/4 cup butter with oil in a 10-inch stainless steel skillet over medium-high, and cook, swirling occasionally, until milk solids begin to sink to bottom of skillet and start to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add chicken, rounded sides down, and cook, swirling skillet occasionally, until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Carefully turn chicken over, and add remaining 6 tablespoons butter. Tilt skillet toward you so butter pools, and cook, basting chicken often, until chicken is just cooked through and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat, and carefully pour in lemon juice (butter will start to bubble). Serve immediately.

    Greg DuPree
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