Chicken Piccatta

This is one of my favorite dishes, and Doug’s too. I usually make it for friends who have just had a baby, or when Doug gets back home from a long business trip (it’s his favorite). I fool everyone into thinking I am an expert chef when I make this one. It’s super simple and really good. I typically make Grandma Trozzi’s green beans as a side, and serve with french bread with honey butter on top. French bread is a must. It’s a great utensil for scraping up all of the wonderful sauce when the chicken is gone. It’ soooooo good!

This is the recipe I use from Giada Delaurentis on The Food Network:

chicken piccata


2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut in half
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

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Don’t forget Grandma Trozzi’s (Doug’s grandma) green beans:

~ trim green beans

~ throw in boiling water for 5 min.

~ drain green beans and throw back in pot with 2 cloves of garlic, generous amount of salt and olive oil to coat. Put lid back on immediately and let sit for 5 min.

green beans