Your weeknight chicken dinners just got better! Chicken piccata may look intimidating, but it's actually quite simple and packed with great flavors. It's not extremely high in calories either and could easily be baked instead of fried to lighten it up even further for those trying to keep it a bit more healthy. I was actually shocked by how simple in preparation but also easy to please this dish ended up being. Try it at home and you'll see. Here's my recipe:
Easy Weeknight Chicken Piccata
2-3 Large Chicken Breasts, Halved
1/3 Cup Flour
2 Tablespoons Bread Crumbs
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Fresh Lemon
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/4 Cup Jarred, Capers
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Pound the pieces of chicken cutlet with a meat mallet until flattened quite a bit and set aside in a dish. Squeeze half a lemon over the pieces of chicken flip to coat. Allow them to sit in lemon juice.
3. Combine flour, breadcrumbs, brown sugar, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped very small, mix well and pour into a shallow dish. Remove pieces of chicken from lemon juice and dip each one into the flour mixture, coating well on both sides.
4. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat, lower a bit once sizzling. Drop each piece of chicken into the skillet and brown for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Once done remove to a 9X13 pan or baking dish and place in the oven for another 15 minutes or so or until completely cooked through on inside.
5. In a sauce pan combine chicken broth and the juice of the other half of the fresh lemon. Heat it over medium heat until simmering, then shut the heat and allow to cool a bit and toss in the capers.
6. Plate the chicken and pour the prepared broth over the pieces of chicken immediately before serving or serve to the side if you prefer. Place the slices of lemon on the plate overlapping one another for a nice garnish. Toss some additional capers over the top of the chicken and add some chopped fresh parsley as well.
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