El Gastronomo has this thing that he likes, it’s called Chicken Piccata. Chicken Piccata consists of breaded chicken strips cooked in a delectable pan sauce with lemon and vegetables. I can’t imagine why he likes it? He first had it at a certain Italian restaurant that we all know and love, and has been pestering me to recreate it. So I obliged. Up until now I have not recreated this dish because of..those…little…green…orbs. The majority of the world makes Chicken Piccata with capers, but capers are creepy, so I do not cook with them. It’s just that capers are so…..so….slimy, an unappealing shade of dull green, pickled, squishy….strongly flavored….fleshy….Ugh. Anyway, this is a portrayal of why I do not use them. But don’t let that scare you off! If you want to cook with capers then by all means. cook with them! But you can’t make me, nothing you say will convince me, wait, did you say that this dish involves butter? I’ll consider it, maybe.
The Ingredients: 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, 3 tbsp. butter, 1/4 cup flour, the juice of one lemon, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 cup assorted vegetables (potatoes, carrots, squash, onion), 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp. no salt seasoning, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cumin.
If your chicken breasts are frozen, place them in a bowl of room temperature water and let them thaw for 6 to 8 hours. If they are not, then forget what I just said. Use three pie tins to bread the chicken. Put 1 egg and 1/4 cup of water in one, flour in another, and breadcrumbs in a third. Bread them in that order. Cook them for 3 minutes on each side over high heat, then remove them from the pan. Reduce the heat to low and add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the flour, whisk together for one minute. Add the broth, mixing until there are no more lumps. Now add the vegetables and spices, cook for five minutes. Add the chicken strips, fold together and serve while warm.
Now, this dish is not photogenic, therefore we do not have a picture of it. Well, we did…..