Best Chicken Piccata Recipe

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Chicken Piccata-  

I am so inspired right now that I need to write about my chicken piccata recipe right now and get it out of my system so I can concentrate on real life events like doing the dishes and feeding the cats. Exciting right?  I was first introduced to Chicken Piccata when I started my bartending job at Maggiano's Little Italy- One of the things we had to do in training was try every single food item on the menu. They brought everything out on a large table and we would take a bite and talk about the food. Needless to say I had the most enjoyable experience working there. When I had my first bite of Piccata my mouth watered, the savory thin chicken cutlet and the tangyness of the capers was almost too much for me to handle. I knew from that point on that I really really like this stuff....

That was 5 years ago and I don't know why it has taken me so long to put together a recipe for this. Maybe it's because I begged the cooks at my current restaurant job to whip me up some Chicken Piccata even though it's not on the menu. Or maybe it's because I have been so bored by all of my other recipes I just was in the mood for something different. Either way the time has now come and oh boy is it delicious!! I like a lot of flavor in my dishes and I might need to go to capers anonymous so please take this into consideration when making this recipe.

When I say recipe I mean "guidelines" so you might have to change things up based on your needs and taste. Just get the technique down and you can make it your own! Remember it's very important not to burn the chicken when cooking! 

Grocery Store List-
3-4 -Chicken breasts or cutlets (I cut mine in half and pounded thin)
1- Jar of imported capers (they are smaller and more tasty!)
1/2 cup- White wine- Use leftover wine or whatever your drinking-
2-3- Garlic Cloves - Chopped fine
1-2 - Shallots - Chopped fine
2- Lemons (zested and squeezed)
2-3- Red & Green bell peppers - sliced thin (for a side dish)
1- Large sweet onion - sliced thin (for a side dish)
1- Bunch of Parsley - Optional
1 Box- Angel Hair Pasta (for a side dish)

Things you probably have on hand-
1/2 Stick of butter
Good Olive Oil
Chicken Stock - not broth

Start with the chicken breast. I put 1 breast in a large zip lock bag and pound it thin with a can of vegetables. You should probably use a meat mallet but I didn't have one so I improvised because that's what great chefs do :P. Most of the breasts I ended up cutting in half because I figured they would fry quicker that way. Then I season them with S&P and dredge in flour. We used 00 Tipo Italian flour because we like to be fancy.
Heat 2-1 ratio of olive oil to butter over medium heat. I will warn you now that you cannot let anything burn in the pan so be careful about getting it too hot. Don't worry about any chicken bits or browning in the pan that's what will make the sauce extra delicious!
Cook the chicken cutlets 1-3 minutes on each side. Just be careful not to burn anything!
Let them rest on a paper towel lined plate.
Pour white wine and chicken stock in the pan and use your spatula to help pick up all the brown bits off the pan. If you have burned the pan you'll have to either get a new pan or clean this one out and start here.
Add lemon juice to taste usually 1 lemon worth is good for me. Add the chopped shallots and garlic and turn the heat down. Let this simmer and thicken while continually stirring and tasting. Use the chicken stock to thin out the flavor if it's too sour. Then add the drained container of capers ( I use the whole container) Let this reduce slowly while continually stirring.
At this time make your side dishes-
I went with an angel hair pasta tossed with a bit of olive oil, parsley, and lemon zest.
I also sauteed bell peppers and onions just with olive oil and S&P. The sweetness with the peppers and onions was perfect for us.

This was a great meal to make with my boyfriend Jay - While I was prepping veggies and preparing the pasta he was cooking the chicken and working on the sauce. We just keep tasting together while drinking wine and eating olives it's a nice way to spend time together.

Here is a photo below-



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