I love chicken piccata but I’ve only had it out in restaurants. Actually, that’s not true. I’ve had the Lean Cuisine version of it too, which surprising isn’t too bad. Last night we decided to try to make it at home using a recipe from the Cooking Light website. It was pretty quick and easy to make and tasted really good.
As a side, I made asparagus.. I sort of just made it up but it turned out good. I put some stalks on a foil-lined cookie sheet, sprinkled them with salt, pepper, parmesan and olive oil and then baked them at 350 degrees til they were cooked, but still crisp.
Instead of using linguine, we used speghetti because that’s what I had at home. Also, we sprinkled parmesan on top at the end.
4 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons butter or stick margarine, divided
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups dry white wine, divided
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 cups hot cooked linguine (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Combine flour, salt, and pepper; dredge chicken in flour mixture. Heat 1 teaspoon butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Add 3/4 cup wine, juice, and capers to pan, scraping pan to loosen brown bits, and cook 2 minutes. Remove chicken from pan, and keep warm. Stir in 3/4 cup wine, and cook over high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 5 minutes). Stir in 1 teaspoon butter and parsley. Serve chicken over linguine. Drizzle with sauce.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half, 1 cup pasta, and 2 tablespoons sauce)
NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 389(13% from fat); FAT 5.5g(sat 1.1g,mono 2.2g,poly 1.4g); PROTEIN 34.3g; CHOLESTEROL 66mg; CALCIUM 43mg; SODIUM 590mg; FIBER 2.8g; IRON 4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 48.4g
Cooking Light, JUNE 1999