Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chicken Piccata

 Last week I bought a bag-o-lemons and since then have been coming up with recipes to use them in.  Tonight we had Chicken Piccata from the 2012 Jan/Feb Cooking Light magazine.  It took about 30 minutes from prep to table and was very delicious!  Mr. John gave it 4 stars.


Chicken breasts prepped by pounding thin and seasoning with S&P

Then dredged in flour

Chopped shallots and sliced garlic

Chicken is sauteed on each side about 4 minutes

Sauce making time with the shallots, garlic, chicken broth, wine, lemon juice and butter

Dinner is served!

...and I still have some lemons left!

Chicken Piccata Serves: 4 Calories: 365 Prep Time to Table: 30 minutes
Recipe : Adapted from Cooking Light Jan/Feb 2012

 • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
• 2 ounces all-purpose flour, divided (about 1/2 cup)
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
• 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 2 T finely chopped shallots
• 1 medium garlic clove, thinly sliced
 • 1/2 cup dry white wine
 • 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth, divided
 • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Place 1 teaspoon flour in a small bowl, and place remaining flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle both sides of chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour in shallow dish; shake off excess.
2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until liquid almost evaporates, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup broth to reserved 1 teaspoon flour; stir until smooth. Add remaining 1/2 cup broth to pan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half (about 5 minutes). Stir in flour mixture; cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, juice, and capers. Place 1 chicken breast half on each of 4 plates; top each serving with about 2 tablespoons sauce. Sprinkle each serving with about 2 teaspoons parsley.

Notes: Not a fan of capers – so left these out of original recipe and also reduced shallots and garlic

1 comment:

  1. Ahh....LEMON! One of my favorite flavors: Lemon sorbet, lemon soup, lemon bars, lemon cheesecake, lemon-infused olive oil, lemon curd, lemon meringue pie....ok, I will stop. The blog is awesome, Deb, I will be a frequent visitor.



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