Chicken Piccatta

Posted on February 23rd, 2008 by Danielle.
Categories: cheesey, dinner, lemon, shallotts.

Once my husband told me that a friend of his made chicken piccata for he and her boyfriend one night while he was in college. He then kept raving about how he would never have piccata that good again. Of course I took up the challenge. Here’s what I came up with. It’s one of the best recipes I ever cook with and I’ve made it like 1,000 times. As a side note…I realize that the the picture included is not actually of Chicken Piccata, it looked icky. Instead this is a picture of all the ingredients. I think I might like doing this from now on. :)

Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Chicken breasts (1 per person should be plenty)
Flour
Paprika
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil
2 tbs Butter
3-4 whole Lemons (depends on how much you’re making) – 3 juiced (1/2-1 cup of juice); 1 sliced
bottle of Capers
1 or 2 shallots – diced thin
1/4 cup White wine

1. Mix approx 1 cup of flour and salt, pepper and paprika to taste in a bowl. (D says: for more flavor make sure you can see the pepper and paprika thoroughly throughout the flour)
2. Pound chicken breasts until 1/4″ thick. Cut breasts into slices (D says: like Chicken tenders). Coat the chicken with the flour and set aside to be cooked.
3. In a Saute Pan, heat approx 2 tbs of oil on medium-high.
4. In the pan lay the chicken flat to be cooked. You can cook as many pieces at once as can lay flat in the pan. Cook for approx 1 min on each side, or until brown. Place finished chicken in a glass pan. For each batch of chicken you saute, add 2 more tbs of oil to replenish the pan. Cover the finished chicken and refrigerate.

5. In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, add 1 tbs of butter and shallots Cook shallots until golden.
6. Add in capers to taste and 2 tbs of caper juice. Add in White wine. Cook mixture down until it has reduced by half.
7. When reduced stir in the lemon juice. When sauce is bubbling slowly stir in the remaining 1 tbs of butter. Cook for 1 or 2 more minutes.
8. Pour the sauce over the chicken that is in the refrigerator. YOU CAN COVER AND RETURN TO THE FRIDGE TO BE COOKED THE NEXT DAY IF YOU WANT.

9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the sliced lemon over the chicken. Cook chicken for 15-20 minutes.
10. Eat

Follow the Recipe Extra: Cook this recipe this way once, then anytime after that play with the amounts of ingredients. Everyone likes their piccata different. For Ben and I, I use the juice from like, 4 lemons and 3/4 cup of wine, I double the shallots and use more caper juice than capers cause I like the taste but not the texture. Make it your own !! Don’t worry about under cooking too much, you’ll be baking the chicken anyway. They should be golden brown on the outside. Watch shallots carefully they cook quick. You want them brown not burnt. Keep in mind, if you didn’t refrigerate the chicken the night before, it will still be warm from cooking reduce time to 10-15 in the oven.

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