Chicken Piccata is a dish that sounds fancy and complicated but it isn't. It is actually a very simple dish to make, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
This dish was restaurant quality! It would be a great dish for a dinner party. It was super easy to put together and turned out delicious. I served mine over angel hair pasta. I doubled the lemon and wine for the sauce - we like lots to go on the pasta! This will be a regular meal at our house.
2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (or use cutlets)
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup flour
Salt and pepper
4 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup chicken stock or dry white wine
6 Tbsp lemon juice
dash red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 cup brined capers
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
Cut the chicken breast halves horizontally, butterflying them open. If the breast pieces you are working with are large, you may want to cut them each into two pieces. If the pieces are still thick after butterflying, put them between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them with a meat hammer to 1/4-inch thickness.
Mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan. Rinse the chicken pieces in water. Dredge them thoroughly in the flour mixture, until well coated.
Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add half of the chicken pieces, do not crowd the pan. Brown well on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve to a plate. Cook the other breasts in the same manner, remove from pan. Cover with aluminum foil and keep warm in the oven while you prepare the sauce.
Add the chicken stock (or white wine), lemon juice, and capers to the pan. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bits. Reduce the sauce by half. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Plate the chicken and serve with the sauce poured over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley.