Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What do you order at the Cheesecake Factory?

I mean the menu is like 30 pages long! It's no wonder the wait is so long, people need an hour just to decide what to order. Heaven help me, I still love going there, and this is what I always order! I just can't bring myself to try something new. But now that I've figured out how I can make it at home, we'll see. I guess I need to make a trip.

So what's your favorite Cheesecake Factory dish??

(Recipe copycat from the Cheesecake Factory)

Crispy Chicken
4 chicken breasts, cut horizontally, and pounded to about 1/4 inch thick, or use chicken cutlets.
Zest of 2 Lemons
1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
2 T. freshly grated Parmesan
2 eggs, whisked with 2 T. water
3 T. flour
1 t. ground pepper
1 t. kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. Zest two lemons. Bake zest for about 5 minutes until dry.
3. On one paper plate combine flour, pepper and salt. On another paper plate combine eggs and water, whisk until combined. On another paper plate combine dry lemon zest, bread crumbs and cheese.
4. Place pounded chicken in the flour, coating well, followed by the egg mixture and the bread crumbs.
5. Heat 2 T. olive oil and 1 T. butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Place chicken in pan and cook on each side about 5 minutes until middle is no longer pink. You will need to work in batches, adding more oil and butter as needed. Keep chicken warm in oven at 250 degrees.

Lemon Sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 T. canola oil
2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 C. plus 1 T fresh lemon juice
1/8 C. chicken stock
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 T. unsalted butter

1. Over medium heat in a fairly large saucepan heat canola oil. Add minced garlic and saute about 3 minutes.
2. Add whipping cream and boil until reduced by one-third.
3. Add Dijon, lemon juice, chicken stock and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer about 5 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted.

Serve chicken with lemon sauce and mashed garlic potatoes. Serves 4.

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Sushi-Mama said...

I've never been to the Factory- and now I don't need to! Thanks Mindi!

Kathy said...

Crusted Chicken Romano...all the way!!

Wendy said...

You already mentioned my favorite one! Actually, I've only tried three different things there, and they're all fantastic!!

kaylabrooks said...

my favorite is DEFINITELY the shrimp scampi... it's not your traditional scampi, as the shrimp are huge, fried, and served over their amazingly perfect pasta with a thin, slightly lemon-y sauce... AMAZING!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I found a copy-cat recipe once upon a time and it was verrrrry close! Definitely something you should try!! :)

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