Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chicken Piccata (Chef "B's" version)

2-3 Chicken Breast Cutlets
2 Cups of Chicken Stock
Juice and Zest from 5 Lemons
2-3 Tsps. of Capers (small/Tiny)
4 Tbsps. Unsalted Butter
1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme
3-4 Tbsps. Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Cut each chicken breast into 1/4" thick cutlets. Season with Salt & Pepper and lightly dredge in flour. Place floured chicken cutlets on a sheet of wax paper.

In a medium-large skillet, pour a few tablespoons of Olive Oil and 2 Tbsps. of butter on medium heat. When oil is hot (but not smoking), saute each cutlet until golden brown on each side and set aside.

In a 13"x9" glass baking dish, pour 1-1/2 cups of Chicken Stock, the juice and zest from 2 lemons, 1 tsp. of Capers (with juice or add 1 tsp. of vinegar) - gently mix together with a wisk or spoon and add browned chicken cutlets. Cover dish with foil and place into a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

While the chicken is finishing in the oven, prepare your lemon/butter sauce:

In a small saucepan, add 1/2 cup of the remaining Chicken Stock, Juice and zest from 2 lemons, 2 tbsps. of butter, 1 tbsp. of fresh (lightly chopped) thyme, a pinch of salt and 1-2 tsps of capers (with juice). On low-medium heat, allow butter to melt completely while whisking occasionally and then add about 1-2 tsps. of flour while whisking and cook a few more minutes until thickened. Remove from heat.

Take Chicken cutlets gently from the glass dish and arrange on plate and then drizzle the lemon/butter/thyme/caper sauce on top.

If you prefer, you may glaze the chicken cutlets after they are browned. I prefer to place them in a dish with other liquids to add more flavor and soften the chicken further.

This dish goes great with either rice or buttered noodles w/parsely.

Bon Appetite!