It’s been a week of great sun light at dinner time, allowing us to update older posts with better photos! Today’s update is one of our favorite “go to” meals: Chicken Picatta. We typically have the ingredients on hand, and can get this on the table in about 45 minutes. Our recipe has evolved over time, and our favorite version is posted here. It is a saucier version than most, as it goes very well with pasta.
For the Chicken Picatta – 4 servings
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
flour for dredging – about 1/2 – 3/4 cup
salt and pepper for seasoning
olive oil and canola oil for sauteing
1 lemon – 1 tsp. zest, then juice the lemon
12 ounces chicken stock
12 ounces white wine
1/3 cup capers with about 1 tablespoon of juice
8 slices of prosciutto or speck, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips – our favorite is LaQuercia Speck Americano*
fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Pasta – we usually use Penne
Grated parmesan cheese for serving
Put the flour in a large zip lock bag, season with salt and pepper. Place one chicken breast half in the bag of flour. Make sure the chicken is coated with the flour on both sides, before you start pounding it. That will prevent the chicken from sticking to the bag. Pound the chicken breasts to about 1/4″-1/2″ thickness. The main goal is uniformity in thickness so they cook evenly. Yes – that is a rubber mallet. I find it very useful for pounding cutlets.
Cover the bottom of the sauté pan with about 1/4 cup of olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of canola oil . Heat the pan over low flame. Add the chicken breasts. Season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken on both sides. You are only browning at this stage, the chicken will complete cooking in the sauce. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate. There will be a lot of oil left. It is an integral part of the sauce.
Add about 1/3 cup of flour to the sauté pan. (Use the flour left from the dredging and pounding the chicken.) Whisk the flour and oil together to make a light rue. Once the rue comes together, whisk in the white wine. The mixture will thicken. Continue to stir and simmer about 3 minutes.
Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, lemon zest, prosciutto and capers. Adjust the lemon to your taste by adding more zest or juice. Continue whisking and bring sauce to a light simmer. Let simmer for about 5 minutes before adding the chicken back to the pan. Taste the sauce and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
Add the chicken breasts back to the pan. Spoon to sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with a little parmesan. Continue to simmer until cooked through – approximately 20 minutes.
Start the water for your pasta when you place the chicken back in the pan.
Serve with pasta on the side and grated parmesan cheese.
*As with all my posts, things I point out as a favorite are truly a favorite. I have neither been paid nor asked to endorse any of the products I recommend.