chicken Maryland dish

Chicken Maryland Recipe

chicken Maryland dish

Chicken Maryland

Escoffier’s Chicken Maryland is a breaded, pan-fried chicken garnished with bananas. According to Francis Beirne’s 1951 classic “The Amiable Baltimoreans,” bananas were one of the Port of Baltimore’s 10 leading imports, and they made their way into all sorts of dishes.

Total time: One Hour

Serves: 4


☐ 1 chicken, quartered

☐ 1 cup flour

☐ 1 egg

☐ 2 tablespoons water

☐ 1 cup breadcrumbs

☐  ½ tablespoon celery seed

☐ salt and pepper to taste

☐ ¼ cup clarified butter or oil

Step 1: Place flour in a bowl. Mix egg and water in a separate bowl. Mix bread crumbs, celery seed, salt and pepper in a third bowl. Dredge chicken pieces in flour first, then the egg mixture, then the bread crumbs.

Step 2: Fry chicken in hot oil until internal temperature is 165 degrees (read with a food thermometer) or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork.


☐ 1 tablespoon butter

☐ 1 tablespoon flour

☐ 1 cup cream

☐ 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

☐ 1 teaspoon mustard powder

☐ 1-2 tablespoons horseradish

☐ salt and pepper to taste

☐ 1 banana peeled and sliced in half, then halved lengthwise

☐ 4 slices of bacon


Step 1: Melt the butter in a sauce pot and add the flour. When heated through, add the cream and bring to a simmer. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Add vinegar, mustard powder and horseradish. Simmer for a few minutes more. Season to taste.

Step 2: Cook banana in hot buttered pan until browned. Fry bacon until crisp. Serve the chicken with warm bacon slices and bananas, and ladle sauce around the chicken.


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