Imagine having to wake up at 5am every morning, with your eyes half opened and your mind still somewhere dreaming, but no matter what, you still have to walk to the dining table, sit down, and have a very early breakfast! That’s what I have to do every day during the fasting month. We Muslims call it ‘Sahur’.
To me, having fried rice for sahur is not really an option – you have no idea how hard it is to wake my brothers up for fried rice! So, what I have to do is to prepare something unique, something tasty, something different everyday that will make them wake up eagerly to try the dishes I serve!
This morning we had ‘Spaghetti Chicken Francaise’. Well, chicken francaise is a delectable italian favorite, widely served around the country. It is made with thin slices of chicken breast coated with seasoned flour, pan fried and topped with a white wine lemon butter sauce – I replaced white wine, with more chicken stock instead.
Here’s how to make:
1. Season the chicken (both sides), flour, and eggs with salt & pepper to excite the sleepy taste buds. Whisk the eggs ahead.
2. Preheat the skillet in medium high heat.
3. Boil the spaghetti (add some salt to make it tastier).
4. Coat the chicken with flour, dip into the eggs, and fry them for 3-4minutes on each side depending on the thickness, until it becomes golden brown. Put them on a plate and set aside.
5. In high heat, mix the chicken broth and lemon juice, cook it along with the butter and parsley. Season it with salt & pepper.
6. Cook for 1 minute or so until it’s thickened. (if it is not thick enough, you can add 1tbsp of corn flour)
7. Cut the chicken into square thin shapes, and put it back into the skillet, fry it together with the sauce to allow the sauce to seep into the chicken.
8. In medium high heat, put the spaghetti into the skillet and mix them together.
9. Cook until all the remaining sauce is absorbed into the spaghetti.
– you can add basil or cheese too if you like!
– don’t cut the chicken if you don’t want, but you have to cook the chicken and spaghetti separately first.