I wasn’t able to post yesterday due to my internet being down! Anyway, I am back up and running so without further ado….
I made a simple chicken piccata. I opted to just use lemon juice and omit the often used wine. I also didn’t have any fresh parsley on hand so I left that out; dried parsley just doesn’t do much but add a bit of color. The flavor came out great; fresh squeezed lemons add just the right touch and the capers compliment everything nicely. I like to season my flour for the chicken and keep the little bit of sauce simple
Simple Chicken Piccata
2 boneless chicken breasts
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1 Tbs butter
2 Tbs capers
Pound chicken breasts until thin; cut each into about 4 pieces.
Combine flour, salt, pepper, cayenne and lemon zest. Dip chicken pieces into flour combination. In hot skillet with olive oil fry chicken pieces until cooked through and brown on both sides; about 3-5 minutes each side.
Add capers, butter, and lemon juice to pan and heat through and serve over pasta or rice if desired.
I was fixing Charles lunch today when I decided some capers would be delicious. I didn’t exactly make a piccata, but very similar flavors. Angel hair pasta seemed like the perfect touch and just as I was finished Charles comes to the kitchen to see what I am doing; only to remind me he wasn’t taking lunch today as they are giving away hot dogs at work. So, I imagine he will come home complaining of heart burn and I will remind him of the fabulous lunch I made for him that is still waiting in the fridge for tomorrow! I had the tiniest taste and I think it will be delicious!
Chicken with Lemon, Capers, and Pasta
1 boneless chicken breast – sliced or diced
salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne if desired
1 Tbs olive oil
zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon
2 tsp capers – drained and rinsed
2 o.z. uncooked angel hair pasta – cooked according to package directions
Heat olive oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and cayenne (if desired). Add chicken to skillet and sauté 5 minutes until browned on one side. Flip pieces over and sprinkle with lemon zest. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through; another 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and capers; remove from heat and pour over cooked pasta.