A few days ago my parents were out of town for dinner. Coming home from a track meet late at night I was scrambling to find something I could make quickly, with ingredients around the house. After a quick google search I found a recipe that I thought was “good enough” off of some random site and set off to make it. While I wasn’t very excited about the recipe it looked healthy and fast– and the ingredients were already in my kitchen so I set off making it. Thirty minutes later I was copying the recipe down into a list of my favorites and just had to share it.
The “Quick Chicken Piccata” I made called for–
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- cayenne pepper, or to taste
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- all-purpose flour for dredging
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon capers, drained
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/4-inch slices
- 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
The directions were well written and easy to follow instructing me to–
- Place chicken breasts between 2 layers of plastic wrap and pound to about 1/2-inch thick.
- Season both sides of chicken breasts with cayenne, salt, and black pepper; dredge lightly in flour and shake off any excess.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the pan, reduce heat to medium, and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side; remove to a plate.
- Cook capers in reserved oil, smashing them lightly to release brine, until warmed though, about 30 seconds.
- Pour white wine into skillet. Scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
- Stir lemon juice, water, and butter into the reduced wine mixture; cook and stir continuously to form a thick sauce, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir parsley through the sauce.
- Return chicken breasts to the pan cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with sauce spooned over the top.
I followed this exactly as it said and it turned out great! While I’m normally one to change recipes as I go this one turned out perfectly done and really flavorful. Done in 25 minutes and paired with balsamic asparagus it was wonderful!