Monday, April 4, 2011

Chicken Piccata

So yesterday my sister in law and I got together and cooked. We made the most delicious meal I've had in a long time. Chicken Piccata is a lemony, tangy, buttery, salty dish that is to die for. We went with the traditional Italian recipe from Giada De Laurentiis

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut in half
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups all purpose flour, for dredging
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

In a large 10 or 12-inch skillet over medium high heat,  2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate

Reduce heat to medium low and add the lemon juice, stock and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

We served ours with roasted baby red potatoes with rosemary and thyme, steamed broccoli and a glass of Shiraz. For dessert, shortcake with blackberries and raspberries and topped with homemade whipped cream with cinnamon and nutmeg. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of the final plate of all the food, because it was so yummy and I was starving! lol