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How to Make Chicken Piccata and the Great Chicken Caper
My Introduction to Capers
I love chicken, and my daughter loves to cook. One day, she made Chicken Piccata for our family, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I was a bit reluctant to try this meal because in my mind, I thought those little dark things were hard and not meant to be eaten, just sort of a flavor enhancer. I had no idea what the little dark things I was seeing were. I asked my daughter what those were and she said capers. Well, I tried it and boy, was I mistaken! It was beyond delicious! The capers have a nice, lemony zing to them!
Capers are actually a flower bud that grows on a bush in the Mediterranean region. Capers, I found out, also have a great nutritional value as well. However, if you're on a low sodium diet, you may want to stay away from these, or use them sparingly.
Up until now, I had never in my life bought or tasted them. Oh, I'd seen them in the store, but never investigated what exactly it was. Now I know, and it is now a standard staple in our kitchen. I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as I did.
1 to 1 1/2 pounds thin sliced boneless chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
1 - 2 ½ ounce jar capers
½ cup olive oil
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 cup flour
1 large frying pan
1 large Ziplock bag, or bowl
1 shallow baking dish
Pour the olive oil in the frying pan. Combine the flour with the parmesan cheese in the Ziplock bag, or the bowl if you prefer. Using the fork, take the pieces of chicken and coat them with the flour and parmesan cheese mixture. Place the chicken pieces in the pan. On a low to medium flame, cook the chicken till it's done. If the olive oil starts to dissipate, add more oil to the pan so that it does a bit more than just cover the bottom. Once the chicken is cooked, take the pieces out and place in the shallow baking dish.
While the chicken pieces are resting in the dish, add the chicken broth and capers to the olive oil in the frying pan. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes on a low heat. After 10 minutes, pour it over the chicken. It is now ready to serve.
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