Chicken Picatta

Chicken is a staple in many households and why not add an easy extra touch that makes it seem “restaurant style”.  Lemon Infused Olive Oil is being used and can be purchased on-line at Spicewood Food Company.  I am partial to kalmata olives for an extra salty kick, but feel free to use capers instead. The ingredient amounts will serve two hearty appetites or four light appetites. The chicken fillet used created two portions; one portion is shown below.

Ingredients

1 large chicken fillet cut thin or scaloppini style about a half pound
1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, stems removed
1/2 tablespoon of oregano
1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
Fresh ground pepper
A pinch of kosher salt
1/2 cup of Egg Beaters or 2 large eggs beaten
1/4 cup of Lemon Infused Olive Oil
1 cup of white wine
1 cup of chicken broth
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of water
1/4 cup of kalmata olives or capers
Juice of 1 lemon juice about 1 – 2 tablespoons

Technique

Mix bread crumb, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large shallow dish. Add egg beaters or beaten eggs and add to a separate large shallow dish. Dip chicken into the egg mixture, then into dry mixture and place in a large preheated skilled with lemon infused olive oil over medium high heat. Sear on first side until brown turn and cook on the second side until brown. This takes about 5 – 10 minutes total cooking time, depending on the thickness of your chicken. Make sure that there is not pink in the middle. Remove the chicken and tent with foil to keep warm. Deglaze pan with wine, add broth bring to a boil and reduce by half. Whisk in butter. Make a thickening agent by whisking cornstarch and water. Gradually whisk thickening agent into boiling sauce. Serve sauce over chicken with kalmata olives or capers. Squeeze lemon juice over chicken for an extra lemon kick.

Suggested Side Dish

Round out the meal with angel hair pasta and asparagus. The sauce complements the sides nicely. Or choose side dishes of your liking.

Suggested Beverage

Try Fleur du Cap Chardonnay (Western Cape, South Africa), Villa Maria Chardonnay Private Bin (Marlborough, New Zealand), Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc (California) or Flensburger Brauerei Weizen Wheat Beer (Germany) with lemon wedges.

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