Chicken Piccata with Lemon, Capers and Artichoke Hearts

One cooking area that I’m still trying to find the right substitute flour is breading, especially chicken breasts. A few of our regular recipes before the allergy diagnosis included this step, and pounded, breaded cutlets do make for moister chicken breasts. Some of my other attempts have just made the coating soggy, or didn’t even stick to the chicken. But for this recipe, I found a good combination. It coated the breasts well, it browned, and kept the chicken moist. It’s not a crispy outside, but much better than my other attempts. My husband declared it delicious and a keeper…so into the files it goes for rotation.

A random fact about me — I’m mad for artichokes. I love artichokes, and anything cooked with artichokes. Some evenings I just get a taste to serve them and scrounge to find a recipe. So last week I found this original recipe from Robin Miller and adapted it for our allergy needs. With the artichokes, capers (dh loves) and the lemon, it’s a tangy, tasty meal. I made regular brown rice cooked in chicken stock. Next time I make this meal, I will serve brown rice pasta, such as spaghetti.

Chicken Piccata with Lemon, Capers and Artichoke Hearts

4 (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Salt and ground black pepper
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, quartered
1/4 cup drained capers

Place chicken in zip-top bags and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin until 1/4-inch thick. Remove chicken from bag and season all over with salt and black pepper. In a shallow dish (or plastic bag), combine sweet rice flour, corn starch lemon zest, paprika, and garlic powder. Mix well. Add chicken and turn to coat. Remove chicken from flour mixture and shake off excess flour.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Add lemon juice, wine and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and sauce thickens. Add artichoke hearts and capers and simmer 1 minute to heat through. (I had to keep on the stove a bit longer until dh came home, but that just made the sauce thicker. It didn’t overcook the breasts.)

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