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Paul Newman's Lemon Mustard Chicken

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson

 

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Paul Newman was one of the most highly respected actor-directors in Hollywood. His 50-year marriage to actress Joanne Woodward was also one of the longest and happiest in Tinseltown, defying all odds.

Paul Newman and long-time wife Joanne Woodward on the film set of the 1967 movie "Winning"
Paul Newman and long-time wife Joanne Woodward on the film set of the 1967 movie "Winning"

Paul's successful life symbolized defying the odds. He was active in show business for more than five decades and accrued an impressive string of nominations and awards for his electrifying acting performances and directorial accomplishments: Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award for The Long Hot Summer, Best Actor Oscar for The Color of Money, Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Empire Falls, several Golden Globe Awards for Most Promising Newcomer, Best Director for Rachel, Rachel, Best Supporting Actor for Empire Falls, New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Award for Nobody's Fool, and Golden Laurel Award for Best Actor in Hud, to name a few.

Surprisingly, he did not win Oscars for some of his most memorable roles in Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, or The Hustler. Paul was ranked the Number 1 Box Office star in the US for both 1969 and 1970.

An international superstar with startling blue eyes and an arresting smile, Paul was charismatic and sexy on the screen, often playing anti-heroes or rebels, and he had legions of devoted fans for most of his career. He was chosen by Empire magazine in 1995 as #12 in their 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History list, and was voted the 13th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Paul was an avid race car driver most of his life (he finished second in the 1979 Le Mans 24-hour race in a Porsche 935) as well as a visionary businessman. Later, at an age when most people are thinking of retiring, he had the drive of an entrepreneur to start his own salad dressing company, using his own homemade concoction as the starting point. He created the company "Newman's Own," and it was such a successful line of food products that it has earned in excess of $100 million. A generous man, Paul donated every penny of the Newman's Own profits to charity.

Well-known for his wicked sense of humor, in 1998 he quipped that he was a little embarrassed to see his salad dressing grossing more profits than his movies. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1994 in recognition of his charity work. Upon his death, it was estimated that since the 1980s, he had donated more than $175 million to charities.

Newman's death in September 2008, while not surprising because he'd been in serious ill health for a while, was still a sad day for his countless friends and fans around the world. Paul was 83 years young.


 

Newman's delicious recipe for lemon mustard chicken is from his excellent 1998 cookbook Newman's Own Cookbook, with whom his old-time friend — editor, novelist, and playwright A. E. Hotchner — collaborated.

 

Paul Newman's Lemon Mustard Chicken

Mustard and chicken go together, and lemon and chicken do, too, so it follows that mustard, lemon, and chicken would make an excellent combination. It does. If you don't have walnut oil, substitute 1-1/2 teaspoons of dark sesame oil.

 

Marinate the chicken in the lemonade for 1 hour. Drain, reserving the lemonade, and pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

Stir together the bread crumbs and nuts on a plate. Put the egg in a shallow bowl and beat lightly. Place 3 tablespoons of the mustard in another bowl.

Brush the chicken with the mustard, dip into the beaten egg, then dredge in the crumbs and nuts. chill, loosely covered, for 2 to 3 hours.

Heat 1/2 inch of the vegetable oil with the walnut oil in a large skillet until hot. Add the breaded chicken and fry, turning once, for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to a plate and keep warm.

While the chicken is cooking, combine the reserved lemonade, broth, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of the mustard in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce over high heat to 1/2 cup. Add the cream and cook about 1-1/2 minutes to heat through and thicken slightly. Season with salt and pepper, and pour over the chicken. Serve hot.

Serves 4.

 

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Sources:
Internet Movie Database, "Paul Newman" (www.imdb.com).
Newman, Paul and Hotchner, A. E., Newman's Own Bookbook, Hole in the Gang Fund, Simon & Schuster, NY, 1998.
Wikipedi.org website, "Paul Newman," (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Newman).