Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lemony Chicken Piccata

I love going to the grocery store and seeing chicken on sale. Especially if it is thin cutlets that I like. They cook so much quicker and are perfect for dishes like this one. I just love the tanginess of this dish, it is so fresh and light. The capers give it a wonderful saltiness and the parsley at the end give it wonderful color. I served this over some angel hair with arugula and parmesan. I ended up using a bit of the pasta water to add to the angel hair at the end to make it creamy.

Perfect dinner for spring!

Chicken Piccata
(Cooks Illustrated)

2 large lemons
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds), preferably kosher or Bell and Evans, rinsed, dried thoroughly, trimmed of excess fat
( or buy them already sliced thin : )
Table salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small shallot , minced (about 2 tablespoons) or 1 small garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth 2
tablespoons small capers , drained 3
tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, set large heatproof plate on rack, and heat oven to 200 degrees.

2. Halve one lemon pole to pole. Trim ends from one half and cut crosswise into slices 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick; set aside. Juice remaining half and whole lemon to obtain 1/4 cup juice; reserve.

3. Sprinkle both sides of cutlets generously with salt and pepper. Measure flour into pie tin or shallow baking dish. Working one cutlet at a time, coat with flour, and shake to remove excess.

4. Heat heavy-bottomed 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot, about 2 minutes; add 2 tablespoons oil and swirl pan to coat. Lay half of chicken pieces in skillet. Sauté cutlets, without moving them, until lightly browned on first side, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Turn cutlets and cook until second side is lightly browned, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes longer. Remove pan from heat and transfer cutlets to plate in oven. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to now-empty skillet and heat until shimmering. Add remaining chicken pieces and repeat.

5. Add shallot or garlic to now-empty skillet and return skillet to medium heat. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds for shallot or 10 seconds for garlic. Add stock and lemon slices, increase heat to high, and scrape skillet bottom with wooden spoon or spatula to loosen browned bits. Simmer until liquid reduces to about 1/3 cup, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and capers and simmer until sauce reduces again to 1/3 cup, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and swirl in butter until butter melts and thickens sauce; swirl in parsley. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve immediately.


Liz said...

It looks delicious! I love chicken piccata, but I have never made it before. Thanks for posting!

Patsyk said...

I made this CI recipe not too long ago as well! Your pictures came out so much prettier than mine! Looks beautiful!

bakingblonde said...

I made this a while ago as well and really liked it! You picture makes me want to make it again!

Nina Timm said...

What a succulent piece of chicken that is, well done and thanks for sharing.

Carrie said...

Looks wonderful!

Stefany said...

This looks really light and fresh - with perfectly browned chicken! Great job!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are seriously making me hungry! That looks so good! Will definitely be trying this sometime soon!

amycaseycooks said...

This looks terrific! I will be making this soon.

Jaime said...

this looks great! i thought i didn't like capers but then i found out i had only had improperly cooked capers... i rather enjoy them now :)