Poor Herbie's  |  13  Waverly Place  |  Madison, NJ 07940  | Call for Reservation:  (973) 966-0211

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Chicken ... Rochester?

Poor Herbie's Chicken Francaise, one of our more popular dishes

When many see the dish Chicken Francaise on our menu, it would be reasonable for them to conclude that it is French in origin. But in fact, it is an American twist on a traditional Italian dish.

It's so American that in fact, you'd be hard pressed to find Chicken Francese on a menu in restaurants in Italy. During the first wave of immigration from Italy in the late 19th century, the immigrants of course brought their recipes with them, including Veal Francese, consisting of veal scallopines dipped in beaten egg and flour and sauteed in a butter lemon sauce. But, according to one account, because of the high cost of veal, most families substituted the more plentiful and cheaper chicken.

The dish became a popular staple in Italian-American cuisine, particularly within the large Italian American population of Rochester, NY. "Chicken French" as it was known there was so popular in Rochester that some suggested changing the name of the dish to "Chicken Rochester."

Fortuntely, you don't have to go all the way to Rochester, NY to enjoy our version of "Chicken French". Just call us for a reservation or take out order at 973-966-0211 or just drop on in!