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Monday, March 30, 2009

BB: Chicken Piccata

I'm back! Though I set up a few recipes to post in my absence, my husband and I just spent two weeks bopping around Europe. We visited Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Dublin, and London! It was a crazy but wonderful two weeks and we are glad to be back home for some home-cooked meals!

Consequently, here I am at the last minute with the two Barefoot Bloggers recipes for March. The benefit, I suppose, is that I had the chance to see how others faired before I made the dishes. One thing I kept reading about this particular dish is that the lemon flavor was quite strong. I'm not so in love with lemon to begin with, so I cut the amount of lemon juice in half. I served the chicken with a simple salad (pasta would be nice but that's all we ate for a week in Italy, so we needed a break!). We both thought it was delicious and will definitely make it again! I enjoyed how quickly it cooked up and how well the coating adhered to the chicken (normally a struggle for me).

Chicken Piccata
Source: Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa at Home, pages 96-97
Serves 2, adaptations in italics
Chosen by Lindsey of Noodle Nights and Muffin Mornings

2 split (1 whole) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 extra-large egg
1/2 tablespoon water
3/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
Good olive oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
1/6 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon), lemon halves reserved
1/2 cup dry white wine
Sliced lemon, for serving
Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

Mix the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a shallow plate. In a second plate, beat the egg and 1/2 tablespoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs on a third plate. Dip each chicken breast first in the flour, shake off the excess, and then dip in the egg and bread crumb mixtures.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Place them on the sheet pan and allow them to bake for 5 to 10 minutes while you make the sauce.

For the sauce, wipe out the saute pan with a dry paper towel. Over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and then add the lemon juice, wine, the reserved lemon halves, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Off the heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and swirl to combine. Discard the lemon halves and serve 1 chicken breast on each plate. Spoon on the sauce and serve with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.


Katie said...

Oh, it looks delicious!! You know how I pph lemon and chicken together! yum!

Lisa said...

Your trip sounds like it was awesome! I hope you share some photos. Great job on the chicken too.