I love all the flavors in chicken piccata, the assertiveness of the garlic, the aroma from the white wine, the saltiness of the capers, and the acidy of the lemon. A perfectly balanced dish.
Lemony Chicken Piccata
I love all the flavors in chicken piccata, the assertiveness of the garlic, the aroma from the white wine, the saltiness of the capers, and the acidity of the lemon. A perfectly balanced dish.
- 2 lb boneless chicken pounded
- ½ cup flour for dredging
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 6 TBSP olive oil or more to cover the bottom of large non-stick skillet
- ½ cup white wine
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 3-4 cups chicken stock
- ½ of a lemon cut in half longways and then sliced thin
- 1 ½ TBSP capers
- ¼ cup parsley chopped
- 2 TBSP butter
- In a 10 inch, non-stick skillet, heat the oil at medium-high heat. Trim away any fat from the chicken. Using a mallet, pound the chicken evenly to ½ inch thick. Season flour with salt and pepper and mix.
- Dredge chicken in flour and brown chicken on both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown). Do not overcrowd the pan. Work in batches, removing the browned chicken to a plate. Add more oil to the pan if needed. Once all chicken is browned and out of the pan, discard the remaining oil.
- Quickly sauté garlic in the pan stirring to prevent burning (about 1 minute). Deglaze the pan with white wine. Let the wine boil for a few minutes. Add the lemon juice, 3 cups of chicken broth, sliced lemons, capers, and parsley. Cut browned chicken pieces in half. Once the liquid comes to a boil add the browned chicken (and the juices from the plate) and lower heat to a simmer. If the chicken stock does not cover the top of the chicken add remaining stock. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is tender. Finish with butter. Let the butter melt into the sauce and gently stir. Taste and reseason if needed.
The sauce is incredible. It thickens a little as it simmers. It’s lemony and unctuous. It would be such a waste not to sop-up every last drop. I suggest serving this dish over rice - maybe some risotto perhaps.