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Chicken Piccata

Chicken is a go-to dinner option for most of us. But chicken gets boring. The good news is, that there are thousands of different things one can do with chicken, many that are easy and flavorful, you just need to implement them and mix them into your repertoire. And chicken piccata is one of those dishes.

Truthfully, there is nothing complicated, or fancy in this recipe, but it’s loaded with flavor and delicious. Lemon, capers, garlic, and white wine are just about all you need to make this dish and I’m a big fan of the old classic. I first had this dish in middle school at my friend’s house. Her mom was not an avid cook by any means, but she made a killer piccata and to this day I think of her whenever I have it.

chicken piccata

Piccata” (also known as pichotta) is an Italian word, the feminine form of the word “piccato“, which means “larded”. But, when used in a food reference, it means “sliced, sautéed, and served in a sauce containing lemon, butter, and spices”.  Most commonly Italians use veal when making a piccata, sometimes you will see swordfish, but here in the United States, chicken that’s been butterflied is used most often.

The beauty of this dish is the case in its simple preparation. A garlic-lemon sauce is made from pan drippings and it is foolproof which I love. Sometimes you will see the chicken breaded, almost like I do in my recipe for Eli’s Crispy Chicken, but here I only lightly flour the chicken before sautéing it. A dry, crisp white wine is ideal in this recipe.  For more information on good wine options to cook with, check out this link.

chicken piccata

So if you have never made chicken piccata, or have simply forgotten about this tasty dish from years ago, it’s worth of trying, and chances are, most will love it.  Easy and economical, with loads of room for creativity should you wish to play with the flavors, just be sure to keep the acidity and saltiness well balanced and you truly can’t go wrong.

chicken piccata

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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