Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Break the eggs into a shallow dish and add the milk. Whisk together until well combined. In another shallow dish mix together the cornmeal, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Dip the chicken pieces into the egg and milk mixture. Next, dredge the pieces into the cornmeal mixture coating them generously and put them on a large plate.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat to 360 degrees F. (Dip the end of a wooden spoon into the oil: if bubbles form, the oil is ready for frying.) Fry the chicken until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken pieces to a plate lined with a brown bag to soak up the excess oil. Transfer to a baking sheet and finish cooking them in the oven, about 20 minutes. Arrange on a serving platter and serve.
Reserve the legs, thighs, and wings of the chicken for the round 2 recipe Italian Fried Chicken.
Remove the bones and skin from the breasts and slice, in half, lengthwise. Pound the 4 pieces between sheets of plastic wrap to flatten them, about 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with poultry seasoning and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Coat the chicken with the flour, shaking off any excess.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and butter. Mix together and when the butter has melted add the chicken, working in batches, until they are golden brown, about 4 to 6 minutes per side. Remove the chicken, to a serving platter, cover and keep warm. Add the chicken broth to the pan and cook it over high heat until it reduces by half and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, parsley and basil. Taste, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed. Pour the sauce over the cooked chicken serve with the Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Risotto.
Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee