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chicken piccata

This is one of those staple dishes that everyone should know how to make. It’s really easy to prepare and perfect for weeknight cooking or for entertaining. There are many variations of this dish but this one is my version, packed with a tangy lemon flavor. You can serve it as is or over rice or pasta (something that soaks up the sauce is best).

1 boneless breast of chicken
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Flour, for dredging
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
Juice from 1 lemon, plus extra for drizzling
1 teaspoon capers, drained
1 teaspoon roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. Cut chicken breast in half horizontally, and place one half between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Using a mallet, or rolling pin, gently pound chicken until about 1/4-inch thick. Transfer chicken to a plate and repeat with other piece of chicken. Season both sides of each piece with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. In a shallow bowl, add flour and season with salt and pepper.
3. In another shallow bowl, add egg.
4. In a medium sauté pan, heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Dredge each chicken piece in flour mixture, coating both sides. Gently shake off excess. Dredge in egg, lightly coating both sides. Add to pan and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Turn and finish cooking for another 2-3 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
5. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.
6. Add wine to pan and deglaze, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Add stock and lemon juice and bring to a boil, allowing sauce to thicken, about 2-3 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon butter.
7. Return chicken to pan and stir in capers and parsley and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Transfer chicken to a serving plate and drizzle with lemon juice. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve warm.

Serves 1.


3 responses to chicken piccata

  • Roger:

    Have made this 3 times….great recipe…and few ingredients needed.

  • Beth:

    My husband and daughter Rachel are trying this recipe tonight for dinner. I’m really excited that they are cooking tonight. Wish us luck.

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