Saturday, February 09, 2013

Chicken Picatta

So, back to recipes. It may surprise you that they who must not be named actually have easy, throw it together because I'm extremely tired and haven't been to the grocery store and have almost nothing in my fridge appropriate recipes! Or, just recipe. Still, this is a keeper. Your children will thank you. So will your tired limbs. Save the blue box for another day.

2 large lemons
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds), rinsed, dried thoroughly and pounded*
1/2 c. all purpose flour
4T vegetable oil
1 small shallot, minced (about 2T) or 1 small garlic clove, minced (about 1 tsp.)
1c. chicken stock or broth
2T capers, drained
3T unsalted butter, softened
2T minced fresh parsley leaves
- adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, set large heatproof plate on rack, and heat oven to 200
- halve a lemon pole to pole, trim ends from one half and cut crosswise into slices 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. juice the other lemon half and one additional lemon for a total of 1/4c. juice.
- sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper, dredge in flour, shake to remove excess
- heat skillet over medium high for about two minutes, add 2T oil and swirl to coat pan. saute chicken 2-3 minutes per side and transfer to plate in oven, and repeat with remaining oil and chicken
- add shallot or garlic to empty skillet and saute 30 seconds for shallot or 10 seconds for garlic, then add chicken stock and lemon slices, increase heat to high and scrape skillet bottom with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. simmer until liquid reduces to 1/3 cup, about 4 minutes. add lemon juice and capers and simmer one minute more. remove pan from heat and swirl in butter until butter melts and thickens sauce. swirl in parsley. spoon sauce over chicken and serve immediately.

* original recipe calls for making cutlets, but I am not real accomplished with a knife-- clumsy girls pound!

 Lots of swirling in that recipe! We serve it with angel hair pasta because that also cooks super fast! 

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