Sunday, June 14, 2009

Chicken Piccata Two Ways

At this point chicken piccata is probably like a gin and tonic, no one really needs a recipe for it, at some point it just became a part of the collective conscious. Just to be a brat not only am I going to post about it even though everyone and their dog knows how to make it, I'm going to go ahead and post two recipes for it.

This is all Giada De Laurentiis' fault. I just don't get the big deal about her, she doesn't cook anything super special it is all head slappingly easy and involves way too much butter. And this is coming from someone on the cream and butter diet, as so many of my friends have dubbed it. This is how most people probably feel about Rachel Ray, I realize. Which is fine. More thirty minute meals for me and more needlessly butter clogged arteries for them.

I was willing to give her a try though so on a low maintenance cooking night I pulled up her version of chicken piccata and followed it to the letter. The fella made pea pods with sesame seeds. We then sat and looked at the lake of butter on our plates for a while. Six tablespoons of butter and five tablespoons oil for two chicken breasts? It was ridiculous and didn't add anything to the dish. We certainly couldn't taste the lemon or capers, not to mention the peas pods as everything was overwhelmed by the barrage of butter. The leftover were not good. It was a chicken breast in butter sludge, I wasn't impressed.

This didn't make me want to try any more of Giada De Laurentiis' recipes. What it did make me want to do is make my own version of the same recipe which is much lower in fat and higher in flavor. It's something that came out of a cookbook of my mothers that I've played with over the years to the point that I have the portions down to the way that the flavors seem perfect to me. Obviously I'd suggest making my lemony slightly salty version if the chicken piccata mood strikes you so that's the one I'm posting here. Hunt for Giada De Laurentiis' recipe at your own risk or if you're looking for an excuse to eat a stick of butter but feel guilty just chewing on it straight out of the fridge.

My Chicken Piccata

4 chicken breasts, pounded flat
2 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup white wine
1 glove garlic, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons butter
fresh lemon slices

Pound chicken breasts flat then season with salt and pepper. Over medium heat add oil to a skillet. Saute the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and pour excess fat from pan.

Deglaze pan with wine, then add garlic, cooking until slightly brown and the liquid is reduced to half. Add broth, lemon juice, and capers.

Return chicken to the pan and cook for one minute on each side or until cooked through. Transfer the chicken to plates for serving.

Finish liquid in pan by adding butter and lemon slices. Warm until butter is melted and sauce is creamy then pour over chicken breasts.


imcarin47 said...

Your snow peas are overcooked... :{

Quincidence with a purpose said...

overcooked? That is what you get out of that vibrant picture?

Geez what lovely looking food.
Sometimes more than blanched is tasty.

those Chicken morsels look divine. The snow peas look very beautifully steamed.

I am glad to have this post while I can see that parsing about the side dish, which was not the point of this post, at least got you feedback. lol

Emily said...

Always look on the bright side, eh Quin?

People are funny. I rather enjoyed the meal sarcasm about butter aside.