Chicken Piccata

Adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
Serves 4

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
8 boneless chicken breast cutlets (4 ounces each), pounded thin with a meat tenderizer
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 large lemon, sliced into thin half-moons and end discarded
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 1/2 lemons)
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed (optional)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces and chilled
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 200F. Spread the flour in a shallow dish.

2. Pat the cutlets dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper. Dredge through the flour to coat and shake off any excess.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add half of the cutlets and cook until light golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to an oven-safe plate and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining oil and cutlets.

4. Add the shallot and garlic to the oil still left in the skillet and cook over medium heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and lemon slices, scraping up any brown bits, and simmer until reduced and slightly syrupy, about 8 minutes.

5. Stir in the lemon juice and capers if using. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the butter, oneĀ  piece at a time. Off the heat, stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the sauce over the chicken before serving.


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