Chicken Picatta

Well, baby Savannah is here.  And, yes, so is my blog.

Chiken Picatta reicpe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Wait a minute?  I have to cook, take pics and take care of my two little ones??  Um…eek!

Chiken Picatta reicpe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This is going to be interesting.

Chiken Picatta reicpe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

For my first post back after having Savannah, I chose to make Chicken Picatta.  Admittedly, I had all of the ingredients on hand before baby Savannah was born.  But, since Savannah thankfully decided to grace us with her presence a couple weeks earlier than scheduled, this recipe got postponed until now.

Chiken Picatta reicpe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This recipe is full of lemony goodness.   Chicken Picatta is one of my favorite preparations of chicken.  I suppose it’s even one of my favorite meals.

Chicken Picatta recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I absolutely love the flavor combination of lemons and capers.  I could quite possibly just drink the sauce and be happy, though that would be a little weird, I know.

Chicken Picatta recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I swear: I have not yet tried this.

Chicken Picatta recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Plus, it is so darn easy.  Just like my Halibut Picatta recipe.  It’s almost not even fair how easy this is.

Even with little ones.

Chicken Picatta

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup (about 2-3 lemons) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup capers, drained
1 tbsp. fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 cup white wine (I use Chardonnay) or chicken stock, if preferred
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
1 lemon with peel, thinly sliced, seeds removed
1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste and to coat chicken
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more to taste and to coat chicken
1 pinch granulated sugar, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper and pound evenly until approximately 1/4-inch thick. Once flattened, season both sides generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Combine flour, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, combine breadcrumbs, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper. In a third shallow dish, pour beaten egg. Take each seasoned chicken breast and dip into (1) the flour mixture, then (2) the beaten egg and then (3) the breadcrumb mixture, taking care to shake off excess each time.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in oven-proof, non-stick skillet. Once oil is hot, transfer breaded chicken to skillet and cook until golden, approx. 2-3 minutes per side. Once golden on each side, transfer skillet to oven and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes.

In a separate saucepan, melt 1 1/2 tbsp. butter. Once butter is melted, add lemon juice, lemon slices, wine (or chicken stock, if preferred), capers and parsley. Boil until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and then add remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter and stir to melt. Season with salt and/or pepper if needed. If sauce is too tart or bitter, add a tiny pinch of granulated sugar, as needed.

To serve, plate chicken and drizzle sauce over and around on the plate. Garnish with cooked lemon slices, if desired.

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

10 comments… add one

  1. Tara May 2, 2011, 8:37 am

    Look at you, Super Mom! I love chicken picatta… and I have stirred the sauce extra just so I can taste it. lol

    Reply
    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef May 2, 2011, 9:57 am

      Heehee — look who’s calling who a Super Mom! ;) Glad we share a love for picatta :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Reply
  2. NanaBread (Jeanne) May 2, 2011, 9:56 am

    Mmmmm… lemons and capers.
    I’ll do just about anything for lemons and capers. I could eat this for breakfast. Right now.

    Reply
  3. Connie May 7, 2011, 7:46 am

    Hi Lacey, Congratulations on your new bundle from heaven. I can’t wait to make your Chicken Picatta. Your Halibut Picatta was out of this world. Thanks for fantastic recipes and a great blog.

    Reply
  4. Angelica June 1, 2011, 2:20 pm

    I love your pictures, I almost feel like I don’t even need to follow directions. You make everything look so easy. I wish I would’ve read this a few days ago when I had chicken but no inspiration.

    Reply
  5. Anthony July 11, 2011, 6:42 pm

    A note for all those making this in the future. Do NOT forget to drain your capers. I didn’t and completely ruined my sauce. Next time I will pay far more attention, lesson learned though.

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef July 13, 2011, 3:11 pm

      Oh no! I’m sorry, Anthony. Yes, it is always important to drain capers because their juices are very strong.

      Reply

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