I've had this on my list of things to make since we went down to Destin at Thanksgiving. We had dinner at Ocean Club, one of my favorite places, and I had their chicken in lemon butter caper sauce. It was so delicious. I seriously considered licking my plate. It was the best thing I had eaten in a restaurant in years.
This recipe is just as good as the chicken at Ocean Club. I couldn't believe that I made this at home for pennies on the dollar. Now, this is not a low-cal dish. This dish should be saved for a special occasion. I take the "Sideways" philosophy on special occasions - When you make this dish, that's the special occasion. Now go make it!.
Chicken in Lemon Butter Caper Sauce
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces, divided
2 Tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1⁄3 cup Pinot Grigio (I used Cavit)
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup capers, rinsed
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (or use cutlets)
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup flour
Salt and pepper
8 oz angel hair pasta, cooked and drained
Cut the chicken breast halves horizontally, butterflying them open. Pound chicken pieces with a meat hammer to 1/4-inch thickness. Mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan. Dredge chicken cutlets in the flour mixture, until well coated.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add chicken and brown well on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve to a plate. Cover with aluminum foil and keep warm in the oven while you prepare the sauce.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds. Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons, about 5 minutes.
Reduce the heat to its very lowest setting. Slowly whisk in butter, one piece at a time, letting the first addition melt before adding more butter. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in capers.
To serve: Place cooked pasta on plate or pasta bowl. Top with chicken and spoon sauce over chicken and pasta.