Argentine Milanesa

>> Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Level of Difficulty: easy
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1 pkg of 4 Gardein chick'n filets
3 TBL water
1/4 cup lemon juice ( plus a lemon for garnish)
1/4 tsp oregano
whole wheat bread crumbs
3 TBL oilve oil
pinch of salt

My mom grew up in Argentina, so when we went back to visit when I was seven, all I remember eating was milanesa with a side of papas fritas and a fanta. I ate that probably three times a day and I now find myself missing it occasionally. It only seemed right to try and veganize it. Basically, milanesa is a very thin cut of usually beef (but sometimes chicken or veal), battered and shallow-fried in oil. Lemon and oregano are popular ways of seasoning the meat. Now, my version is very loosely based on milanesa (you'll know what I mean if you google image search it) but I assure you, the flavors and yumminess still remain.

In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, water and oregano. Take each chicken breast and dredge it in flour, then the lemon juice mixture and then coat it in bread crumbs. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry each chick'n breast a couple minutes on either side until golden brown. Place the breast on a paper towel to let the oil drain. Sprinkle the chick'n with a pinch of salt. Serve with your favorite veggies and slices of lemon.


GodsDreamsForMe April 15, 2010 at 2:44 AM  

Looks so ono. Another awesome one Sammi.

AUNTWOO2007 April 15, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

Macanudo, que rico piba! I'll have to try it with a good glass of Argentine wine.

Next you need to try PANQUEQUE DE MANZANA and we're all set!

Thanks for some great memories too.

s.m. April 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

Oh my god you are so right! Panqueque de manzana is definitely on my to-do list now!

Gaby April 17, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

Ooo looks good! I'm Argentinean too! A while back I found a mix for milanesa de soja that I use that's super easy, mix with water and pan fry. My mom would very rarely make chicken ones though, usually pork and in recent years, pork. I don't eat the ones she makes any more of course haha.
I was just back in Buenos Aires in February and was really surprised by how many vegan or vegetarian friendly places there were! Everyone was worried I'd starve, but the plus side to a diet obsessed nation is a lot of health food stores. I also found places with great food and vegan empanadas that I stocked up on for my grandmothers freezer.
Where is your mom from? Do you visit often?
I'm on the lookout for vegan dulce de leche!

Vegan Lovebird April 17, 2010 at 3:03 AM  

uuuuuuuuuuuhhhhmmmm YUM! so glad alicia posted your blog on TKL! i am definitely going to be trying your recipes! very cute blog!

s.m. April 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

My mom isn't actually Argentine, her father was transferred there for work in the 1960's. Still, she practically grew up there so the country is very close to her heart. When my mom and aunts get together (after some Argentine wine) they still sing the Argentine national anthem. They lived in a suburb of Buenos Aires called La Lucila. The last time and only time I visited was about thirteen years ago but my whole family is planning a trip in April of next year, and if I can afford to, I definitely plan on tagging along! Good to know I'll have places to eat though. I would have never thought. And you're right, if I could eat dulce de leche out of an ice cream cone again, I would be a happy girl!

VivaciousVegan April 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

O my goodness your food is delicious looking!!!
I am so glad I popped over here to check you out!! I have a blog too, if you would like come see me and maybe we can swap recipes sometime!!! Your blog is Rockin!!!!

Elizabeth April 17, 2010 at 7:09 PM  

I found your blog after Alicia Silverstone recommended it on the Kind Life, and you are fabulous! I just made this recipe for dinner and it is just lovely. Thank you! :)

Anonymous,  April 18, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

What a great idea to use the gardein as a chicken breast replacement in a traditional recipe. I need to find some of these!

Melissa (It's a Veggieful Life) April 19, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

Hi Sammi. Found your blog when I was visiting Alicia' Kind Life website. You've really made an impression on her w/your recipes. I've just started "flirting" with the vegan lifestyle and am looking for delish, easy recipes. I think I'll be visiting your blog often. You need to have a "contact me" link on your blog or in your profile so people can email you. (Unless you don't want to hear from your readers.) :) I wouldn't be surprised if you end up publishing a cookbook someday. Your recipes look fantastic!

s.m. April 19, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

Melissa, thank you so much, you're so sweet! You're absolutely right about the contact me section. A friend brought it to my attention recently and it is a good idea. I'll set something up soon (I love hearing from readers) :)

Tess ElizaBath,  April 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

I made this tonight for your mama and mine (I hope that's ok I don't know if you were hoping to make it for her the first time but I'm sure yours will FAR SURPASS mine) and it was DELICIOUS!!! I even made some broccoli too so it looked just like your picture!!!

s.m. April 19, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

Aww man, wish I was there!!! :(:(:(:(:(:( ...already homesick. And no, I wasn't planning on being the first so NO BD, giiiiiiirl

Jazz Siebert April 20, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

I just made this dish for lunch and ate it with my hubby. I made a review about it on my blog! Check it out! :)

Jeri @ GodsDreamsForMe April 25, 2010 at 1:19 AM  

Sammi this was our Saturday Earth Day dinner. So ono. they were out of Gardein filets, but we used our Seitan instead (rinsed well). We had it with your bruschetta and a mixed greens salad. Posting pics later. onolicious.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank you for making our first Earth day weekend special.

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