This Morning: Phillip and Holly left shocked by James' cooking

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Phillip Schofield could not mask his disgust when chef James Martin used a whole block of butter in a dish he rustled up on Monday’s instalment of This Morning on ITV. The 59-year-old broadcaster looked mortified when he watched James add the entire block into a frying pan before adding in breaded chicken.

James appeared on Monday’s episode of the popular show to cook a breaded chicken dish, named chicken Milanese, for presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. 

While the presenters initially appeared impressed by James’ recipe, they were soon left stunned by the amount of butter he chose to fry the breaded chicken in. 

Phillip was wide-eyed and speechless when he saw James place the chicken in a pan of sizzling butter. 

Holly, who was equally as outraged by the amount of butter used, said: “I don’t want to know, I am going to look away.” 

Despite Holly and Phillip’s reaction, James gave assurances the meal would be delicious. 

He explained: “You use flour, egg and breadcrumbs. 

“All you do with the chicken is dip it in the egg so it’s coated in the egg and then you have to put it in the breadcrumbs so it’s coated on both sides. 

“But the key to this is the cooking side, it needs a block of butter.” 

“Make sure it’s half immersed in fat, be that oil or be that butter as it’s where you get the flavour from. 

“Get the pan really hot and put the chicken straight in.

“From looking at it, you know it’s going to be good already.” 

Fans of James’ cooking jumped to Twitter to show their support for the chef’s decision to go heavy on the butter. 

Xan Coats tweeted: “Just love James Martin’s passion for butter and thrilled to see he featured Bungay Butter which is produced near me. I even eat it on its own!”

Mart joked: “The James Martin recipe for everything: Butter. Add some butter. Grate some butter and sprinkle it on. Cook it. Voila.”

John Horne added: “James Martin’s Buttery Chicken Milanese looks delicious, I think Chicken is delicious with anything. Always great to see you on This morning James.” 

However, some viewers were not impressed by James’ chicken Milanese, with some likening the dish to a recipe for a “heart attack”.

Duncan Campbell said: “@thismorning it’s disgusting to see James Martin handling raw chicken then pick up butter without washing his hands. He’s supposed to be a professional!”

Margaret Hanson added: “@thismornin [I] really feel James Martin’s piece was too quick and hectic.”

Mandie Symms commented: “Please tell James Martin some of us have no choice about margarine as we are allergic to dairy so we are not fools as he says my daughter is very upset by his choice of words.”

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV.

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