By Punky Julster on May 15, 2005
Photo by Bonnie G #2
Photo by Bonnie G #2
"This is a copy cat that I found online."
Serving Size: 1 (781 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"While I've never been to Macaroni Grill, this recipe deserves all the 5 star reviews it's gotten and more. While it was a little involved to make the end result was more than worth it. I did make a few minor adjustments made on other reviewers comments and personal preferance but not enough to really change the recipe much and feel it'd be just as good as directed. Cut the recipe in half for me and DH, my chicken breasts were really large so pounded them thin to make sure they would cook through, added onion and garlic to the saute and when mixing an extra tablespoon of capers as we just love them and wanted to really taste them. Also, a larger adjustment was that I just could NOT bring myself to make this with a full pound of butter and serve to my family so cut that in half - thinking if it didn't thicken I'd just use some corn starch. Well, not a problem - it still turned out wonderful and DH is already asking if there's any left overs. This is truly a company worthy dish that I'd be proud to serve."
"This sauce is a modern rendition of Julia Child's Buerre Blanc sauce. The acidic base of the reduced lemon and wine is what helps hold the butter in suspension. Now days we add cream to stabilize it and make it easier on us. Don't microwave it to rewarm it. It breaks down. Reheat gently and wisk till smooth. If it becomes broken (butter separates from lemon/wine base) you can fix it by heating it and wisking in a bit more !!BUTTER!! If you reduce the butter in the recipe your sauce will be much more acidic. Yes it is rich. But it is intense, and you don't need much. (I know you want to dunk your bread in it, but try to resist.)"
"We had this last night for dinner. We did do a couple things different. After we cooked the chicken we went ahead and cut it into pieces just for easier consumption. Also, the next time we make it, we may cut the lemon requirement down by a quarter. We couldn't find panchetta so we used a cured country ham instead and it worked just fine! It still had that same salty taste. We didn't want to use bacon since it has a distinct flavor of its own and in my opinion in tends to overpower. This is my favorite dish at MG and I was ecstatic to have it at home! We will be making this over and over again!"
"This recipe is delicious and tastes almost exactly like the one at Macaroni Grill! I have made this about five times because my husband loves it, but due to the high calorie content we only eat it on special occasions. I also only add about 1 stick of butter instead of a whole lb. For those who can't find pancetta in the supermarket, you can substitute bacon instead and it tastes just fine. Yum!"
"My wife and I just went to Macaroni Grill two weeks ago, and this recipe tastes just like the Chicken Scaloppine that I had. Wonderful!"
"This was excellent. It is the dish I get almost everytime I go to Romano's and have searched for the recipe. I added a few slice black olives to mine just because we really like them. But absolutely tasted like Romano's. I am passing the recipe on to my mom and plan on making it again this week! Thanks!"
"My Mom made this when I was over for dinner one night and we ALL raved over it - even my Dad who is not a big italian fan! She just did the chicken and sauce and we had another type of pasta with it so I can't comment on the other stuff - but the sauce...oh that was good!"
"I am a HUGE Mac Grill Chicken Scallopini fan. This was the first recipe I have tried in my quest to copy the dish, and I have to say that I loved it!!! I did use the whole lb. of butter to make the sauce, and the recipe is perfect. Make certain that you let the wine and lemon juice reduce by 1/3 before adding the cream. I substituted a light cream for the heavy cream, because it made me feel better about using an entire lb. of butter! lol!! As well, I couldn't find Pancetta (Italian Bacon) so I subsituted Prosciutto (Italian Ham). The prosciutto is not as fatty, so I cooked it in a tablespoon of olive oil. Because I knew we could not eat all of the recipe in one sitting, I did not mix the sauce with the chicken mix and vegetables, but rather placed them in separate dishes for each guest to assemble on his plate. For left-overs the next day I simply reheated the sauce alone in a small pan, on low heat. The microwave does tend to separate the sauce and can not be used to reheat very well. The pan reheat, however, turned out great. Good luck and Happy Cooking!"
"This was very good, but I think the sauce needs some tweaking. It was very rich, but the flavor lacked something. I'll definitely make this dish again, but next time I'll turn the sauce into a garlic cream sauce. Also, I thought 1 lb. was an obscene amount of butter, so I used just one stick. I made half a recipe of chicken, but still ended up with enough chicken and vegetables for a satisfying meal for four women, plus enough leftovers for three. Another note about the sauce: When I reduced the butter to 1 stick, I only ended up with enough sauce for the first four servings. I saved the chicken and veggies and reheated them in the oven the next night, and made a fresh batch of sauce. This meal was as good as the first, but I still had some leftovers, so I mixed the sauce and chicken together and microwaved them for lunch the next day. It turns out this sauce just doesn't hold up well in the microwave. The butter separated out, and it wasn't very good at all."
"Have made this a few times, and have found the following helpful. Use Lemon/Salt combo to season the flour. Coat the pan with olive oil, and put ground garlic, parsley, and whatever other spices you like on the pan...it will of course sear into the chicken. Add some real bacon bits to the pancetta/mushroom/other stuff combo. The recipe is great, I have found that those little tweaks really bring the flavor out even more."
"Just like at Macaroni Grill, I get this all the time, at least I used to!!! Halved the recipe but made the full amount of the lemon butter sauce because I like my food saucy(see my name?) Make sure you pound out the chicken til its really thin, don't overcook it and then even though I halved the recipe I still used the full 6oz. of pancetta. I cooked the chicken as directed, removed the chicken from the pan and then I cooked the pancetta, sliced thinly, with the mushrooms in the same skillet as the chicken was in. Then I added the capers, artichoke hearts and sauteed that together with the pancetta and the mushrooms for just a few minutes. Then added some of the lemon butter sauce to that and then I put the already cooked chicken breasts or tenders in that mixture and let it cook together on a very low flame for few minutes until pasta was done. Served it with grated parmesan cheese. Very good, very easy, even better than at the restaurant because you can increase the flavors as you like them. Try it!!!!Update: Made again and realized that when I made it the first time, I mentioned that I halved the recipe, however, I did still use the same amounts of everything EXCEPT for the amount of chicken. The other thing I noticed was for the lemon butter sauce, the recipe calls for 4 sticks of butter!!!!! Must be a typo. I used the amounts of sauce ingredients as stated and I maybe, maybe used 3/4 of one stick of sweet butter. No wonder no one else has made this recipe!! I am a true sauce lover and there is no way you could use 4 sticks of butter in the sauce and have it be edible!!!"
"This was so good, my husband LOVED it and wants me to make it again! I did not make the lemon butter sauce ~ I don't care for it. The flavor is better without it."
"Thank you sooo much for posting this recipe. TGIFridays used to make this recipe, they discontinued it. Don't know why-it was scrumptious!"
"this may even be better than Macaroni Grill's. This is the only dish I have ever ordered and I love it, but the closest one is 50 miles so we don't go there enought. Now I don't have to!!!"
"OMG! I LOVE this recipe, thank you so much for posting it! Macaroni Grill is my favorite, the closest to me is over 3 hours, and every time I get there I get the same thing - Chicken Scallopini! Thank you!"
"This is my all time favorite recipe....I Love Macaroni Grill. I like being able to make it from home whenever I want. Thanks"
"Oh my goodness! This is exactly like the Macaroni Grill's which is one of my all time favorite meals. The closest Macaroni Grill is about 80 miles from where I live so I am so excited to be able to make this at home now. Thank you SOOOOO much for posting this recipe! I will definitely be making this again and again!"
"This was delicious. I made it mostly as written. I didn't have any pancetta, or artichoke hearts but didn't want to wait. I didn't dredge the chicken (boneless/skinless)but just browned it in a bit of butter and olive oil. I actually halved the sauce recipe because I couldn't bring myself to use a whole pound of butter. It was delicious. It was lemony, but not crazy lemony, and buttery, but not heavy. I would use the sauce recipe just on pasta alone - it was that good - but it was excellent with the chicken as well."
"I have made this many times. It is so delicious"