Chicken Piccata

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Chicken Piccata

This meal is wonderful for any night of the week.  When I made it for my husband recently he was raving about how good it is and said he wants me to make it for dinner every night!  I don’t think I’ll be doing that but it is easy enough to make quite often.

Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts

1 cup flour

1 tsp. lemon pepper

1 tsp. salt

olive oil

1 tsp. butter

1/3 cup finely diced onion or shallot

1 T. flour

1/3 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup capers

1 tsp. grated lemon zest

juice from 1 lemon

salt and pepper as needed

1/2 pkg. spaghetti

Start by slicing the chicken breasts in half long-ways, so it’s like making 4 thinner chicken breasts.  If they are still on the thick side you can use a meat mallet to pound them out a bit, or you could just start with 4 chicken tenders and pound them flat instead.

Mix the flour, lemon pepper, and salt in a shallow dish.

Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture (I like to do this prep-work during nap-time so I’m not having to spend as much time cooking while the little guy is awake and getting into everything).

When you are ready to make dinner, start a pot boiling for the pasta and then get started on the chicken.

Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil and let it heat to med-high.  Put 2 pieces of chicken in and let them cook around 5 minutes on each side, or until they are starting to look nicely browned and if you cut into them they are white all the way through (I always like to check to be on the safe side).  When those are done, cook the other 2 pieces of chicken (add more oil if needed).

Set the chicken aside.  Add the butter and onions to the pan and cook for a few minutes.  Then sprinkle the tablespoon of flour onto the onions and mix well. (Notice, there are still some crusties on the pan from the chicken, this is good because it adds flavor to the sauce!)

Next, deglaze the pan by adding the wine and chicken stock.  Let it simmer for a few minutes on low heat, then add the lemon juice, zest, and capers.  After it has simmered for a few more minutes you can taste it to see if it needs any more salt or pepper.

Serve the chicken and sauce over the pasta, yum!

You might also like:

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Saucy Dressed Up Chicken

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