Friday, October 22, 2010

Chicken Picatta

Chicken Picatta

Have you ever had chicken picatta? If you haven't you've been missing out. It's simply a combination of lemons, wine and capers. That's pretty much it. Not to mention that it can be made for 4 people in about 30 minutes or less. You will be amazed at hot quickly you can turn out this killer meal.

If you have never had capers don't fret, they are delicious. What is a caper you ask? It's an unripened flower bud that's brined kind of like a pickle. They give the dish that is heavy on wine and lemon flavors a-whole-nother level. This recipe is pretty straight forward but if you have any questions please feel free to shoot me an email.

- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- all purpose flour for dredging
- salt and pepper
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 large lemon
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1 pound noodles cooked according to package directions
- parmesan cheese

The Process
1. Take each chicken breast and fillet into 2 pieces along it's equator. Season each piece of chicken with salt and pepper then dredge with the flour. Shake off any excess then set on a plate until ready. Start your water boiling for the noodles.
2. Take 4 tablespoons of butter and melt in a large saute pan over medium high. Then add half the chicken pieces to the pan and cook until the down side is golden brown about 4 minutes. Flip and do the same. Remove from heat and set aside then repeat with the other half of the chicken pieces. When all chicken pieces are done return them all to the pan and add the wine. While wine is reducing, take the lemon and cut it on it's equator, the juice the lemon into the pan using your had to catch any seeds. Then just throw the rinds in (don't worry we aren't going to eat those).
3. Throw your noodles into the boiling water. When the wine and juice has reduced by 1/4, add your chicken stock and capers. Let simmer occasionally moving the chicken around to soak up all those juices. Season with salt and pepper. If it's too lemony add a little more chicken stock. When the noodles are done then so should this.
4. To plate add your cooked noodles to a place with 2 pieces of chicken. Ladle a spoonful or 2 of sauce over the noodles and chicken and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese over the top.
5. Enjoy!

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