La Cucina – Lemon Chicken Piccata

2012-CUCINALemon Chicken Piccata

Makes 4 servings

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

citroen-largeShopping List:

  • 3 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 cm or ½-inch medallions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 60 gr or ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 30 ml or 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or as needed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 235 ml or 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ lemon, thinly sliced
  • 60 ml or ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 15 gr or 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
  • 45 gr or 3 tablespoons butter
  • 8 gr or 2 tablespoons minced Italian [flat-leaf] parsley

TO MAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 95° C or 200° F.
  2. Place a serving platter into the oven to warm.
  3. Season the chicken breast pieces with salt and pepper and dredge them in flour.
  4. Shake off excess flour.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet; pan-fry the chicken pieces until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.
  6. Work in batches and do not crowd skillet, adding oil as needed .
  7. Place the chicken pieces onto the warmed platter in the oven.
  8. When finished with all the chicken, drain most of the oil from the skillet, leaving a thin coating on the surface of the pan.
  9. Cook and stir the minced garlic in the skillet until fragrant, about 20 seconds.
  10. Pour in the chicken broth.
  11. Scrape and dissolve any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  12. Stir in the lemon slices and bring the mixture to a boil.
  13. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reduces to about 160 ml or ⅔ cup, 5 to 8 minutes.
  14. Add the lemon juice and capers; simmer until the sauce is reduced and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes more.
  15. Drop the butter into the skillet and swirl it into the sauce by tilting the skillet until the butter is melted and incorporated.
  16. Add the parsley; remove from heat and set aside.
  17. Arrange the chicken medallions on serving plates and spoon sauce over each portion to serve.

Note 1: This dish is very light, low on fat and the sauce has a lemon infusion that is simple, yet elegant. The lemon slices really do make a difference. Be sure you’re adding them early or your sauce could be a bit more bitter. The oil from the rind of the lemon adds a tremendous lemony lift!

Note 2: You can also use Italian flavored bread crumbs, instead of flour, to dredge the chicken.

ENJOY !

Amount Per Serving Main recipe.
Calories: 421
Total Fat 21.2g
Saturated Fat 8.2g
Cholesterol 128mg
Sodium 406mg
Total Carbohydrates 16.1g
Dietary Fiber 1.3g
Protein 41.1g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat only half a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20140213-Lemon-Chicken-Piccata