For the last few months we’ve had an arrangement with friends of ours, another couple, whereby we take it in turns on a monthly basis to have the other couple round for dinner. Rob and I were the first to host and I remember scouring endless recipe books and websites to find a perfect main. In the end, it was Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word that came through for me with a recipe for Escalope of Chicken. [EDIT 8th Jan 2011 - the original recipe on the channel 4 website seems to have been removed, but I've found it again on another blog: Tasty Eats at Home: Escalope of Chicken with Tomato Sauce]
This is a pretty simple recipe to follow and is very forgiving to the less-confident cook as you can get things out of the way and then leave them to one side without worry. Tonight’s the 3rd time we’ve cooked this and we’ve learned to leave the chicken in the oven a little longer than 8 minutes in order to get nice golden-brown cheese.
When we cooked this for our friends it went down exceptionally well and became one of my favourites although it’s definitely in our top three least healthy dinner options due to the amount of oil – Gordon Ramsay’s a “little oil” is what we’d probably call “a generous glug” – and cheese. The tomato sauce on its own has the most amazing flavour, despite using only cheap cherry tomatoes, and consequently I think we’re going to try cherry tomatoes for our next attempt at pizza sauce. The combination of tender chicken, crispy breadcrumbs, soft bursting tomatoes and gooey mozzarella makes the chicken escalope so moreish and you can’t go wrong with sautéed potatoes! Really, it’s just posh chicken & chips with tomato sauce and I love it!