Archive for April 29th, 2010

Chicken Piccata

I saw this recipe about a couple months ago on my friend and old college roommate’s food blog, Seasoned to Taste. I have to say Anna has been one of my inspirations for starting this food blog. Further, she was my cooking buddy when we were both in college. Thanks for the inspiration Anna, miss you girl!

Chicken Piccata

This recipe is originally adapted from Simply Recipes.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings


  • 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 pound total)
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or dry white wine
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brined capers
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley


Cut the chicken breast halves horizontally, butterflying them open. If the breast pieces you are working with are large, you may want to cut them each into two pieces. If the pieces are still thick after butterflying, put them between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them with a meat hammer to 1/4-inch thickness.

Mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan. Rinse the chicken pieces in water. Dredge them thoroughly in the flour mixture, until well coated.

Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add half of the chicken pieces, do not crowd the pan. Brown well on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve to a plate. Cook the other breasts in the same manner, remove from pan. Cover with aluminum foil and keep warm in the oven while you prepare the sauce.

Add the chicken stock (or white wine), lemon juice, and capers to the pan. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bits. Reduce the sauce by half. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter (I skipped the addition of more butter here). Plate the chicken and serve with the sauce poured over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley.


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