In the ten plus years I spent in the restaurant business as a chef, sauté dishes are by far the most fun to prepare and the most flavorful. Chicken Piccata is one of my all time favorite chicken dishes. It is easy to make and hard to mess up, making it a great place to begin your sauté practice.
What you’ll need:
4 Chicken breasts (Trimmed and pounded flat this is important for even cooking, you can buy thin sliced chicken breast which is available in most stores to save you the work)
1# Cappellini Pasta (or Angel Hair, thin spaghetti, etc.)
1/4C Lemon Juice
1/4C White Wine (You may use any white wine, or even cooking white wine)
1C Chicken Stock
3T Olive oil
All Purpose Flour (enough to coat chicken breasts @ 1C)
A Pinch Pepper
Prep: Dice Shallots, flour chicken, Cook pasta al dente (approx. 6 minutes for cappellini), have all ingredients out and ready.
Production: Heat sauté pan on high flame. Add oil, let oil heat up before adding chicken. Add floured chicken and brown both sides. Add shallots sauté until golden brown, deglaze with lemon juice for @ 30 seconds, add wine, reduce another 30 seconds, add chicken stock, capers, salt, pepper and butter. Simmer.
(Optional: Finish with sliced lemon and sprinkle with parsley for that restaurant look!)
(Optional: If needed or desired add 1t of cornstarch mixed with 1t of water to thicken sauce.)
Remove chicken from pan, toss pasta with sauce, and serve! This is sure to be a new family favorite.