Simple and Amazing Chicken Piccata

When Cait and I first started dating I wanted to impress her in every possible way. She jokes about how the first night we met I gave her my best sales pitch… “I am an entrepreneur, a technology expert, an experienced sailor and fisherman, founder of a charity, and an excellent skier.” Needless to say, I was looking to amaze her with my boastful bragging!

When it came time to cook for Cait the very first time I subtly inquired about her favorite meals. Before I could finish asking the question, she responded without hesitation “Chicken Piccata!”

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I strongly dislike complex recipes so I wanted to come up with a simple, yet spectacular, Piccata dish that she would love. This is a great and easy recipe for Piccata, whether you decide to make it with chicken or fish!

Simple Chicken Piccata Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup brined capers
  • 6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 7 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • Angel hair pasta (or pasta of your choice)

Preparation:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add pasta. Cook to your preference and drain.
  • Slice chicken breasts into thin cutlets and season with salt and pepper.
  • Dredge chicken in flour
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and melt 3 Tbsp. of butter with 3 Tbsp. of olive oil.
  • Add chicken to the skillet until browned and flip, roughly 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove and transfer to a plate.
  • Remove skillet from the stove and add into the pan the lemon juice, chicken stock, butter and capers.
  • Scrape up the browned remains from the bottom of the pan for flavor and bring to a boil.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove chicken to a plate.
  • Add the remaining butter to the sauce and vigorously whisk.
  • Place chicken over cooked pasta.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken.

Garnish with parsley, lemon slices and serve immediately. Cait loves this dish and I hope you do too!

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