Chicken in a lemon and butter sauce with capers

Piccata is traditionally made from thin slices of veal. But you can also use chicken breast: if you cut it correctly, you will get a cheaper, but no less good alternative.



Separate the smaller inner muscle from the chicken breast (sometimes called chicken breast, this is the piece of meat that is only loosely attached to the breast). Place the larger muscle on the board with the round side up and hold it flat with the whole palm. With a sharp knife, cut it in half by running the knife parallel to the cutting board – this will give you two thinner slices of the same height, which will only take a few minutes to cook. Salt and pepper the meat on both sides.


Pour oil into a large pan, add a spoonful of butter and heat on medium heat. When the fat is hot, lightly coat the meat in plain flour, shake off the excess flour and fry the meat on both sides until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Tip: If the meat does not fit in the pan in one layer, fry it in several batches. Always coat it with flour just before it goes into the pan.


Take out the fried meat and leave it for some time. Add finely chopped shallots and a spoonful of butter to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and, stirring constantly, fry until translucent. Then add to the pan lemon juicebroth and cook all the patties from the bottom of the pan.

Tip: Purists, that is, lovers of stylistic purity, can completely omit the shallot, the food will be excellent and prepared faster even without it. I like it in sauce, it gives a nice sweetness and extra flavor.


Return the meat to the pan with the juice that has released and cook for a short time, 4-5 minutes is enough, occasionally turning the meat in the sauce. When the sauce thickens, add more capers and let them heat up briefly. Remove from the heat, whisk the last spoonful of meat into the sauce and serve immediately sprinkled with fresh parsley. Pasta also works well as a side, but just a piece of white baguette to spread all that can be a great butter sauce.

You can also look for a dessert recipe in Italian cookbooks. Tiramisu in a glass will be ready in 10 minutes, but it is worth trying the more demanding tubes of Sicilian cannoli.

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