Monday, September 21, 2009

Chicken Piccata Salad

I get weekly emails with Rachael Ray recipes and this Chicken Piccata Salad popped up in my inbox several weeks ago. I bookmarked it as something I'd like but forgot about it.

Not too long ago, my friend Juliann made and blogged about it. I was reminded of the email, and her enjoyment of the recipe prompted me to make it.

This was such a great, light, summery dinner. The flavors were spectacular, and it was pretty simple to create. I love the typical piccata dishes, and this was a nice variation.

  • 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 pound green beans, halved crosswise
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped capers
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Grated peel and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Two 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, lightly pounded
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

In a large saucepan, add the potatoes and enough salted water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a colander.

Add the green beans to the boiling water and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Drain in the colander with the potatoes; let cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon capers, 3 tablespoons parsley, the lemon peel and half of the lemon juice. Add the potatoes and beans and toss; season with salt and pepper.

In a shallow bowl, beat the egg. In another shallow bowl, season the flour with salt and pepper.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Coat the chicken breasts with the seasoned flour, then dip in the egg, allowing any excess to drip off, and coat with the flour again, shaking off the excess. Add to the skillet and cook, turning once, until golden, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into strips.

Add the chicken broth to the skillet; cook over medium heat, scraping up any browned bits. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon capers, 1 tablespoon parsley and lemon juice. Top the salad with the chicken and drizzle with the pan sauce.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked it too--I wish I made it again before I got into all my fall flavors. It was so light and yum!


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