Chicken Picatta

I love the tart flavors of lemon juice and capers in this classic Italian dish, and it’s so quick! I often serve it with smashed potatoes sauteed in butter, since the tartness of the sauce blends really well with the potatoes. This recipe makes enough for 6-8 people.


8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, flattened between layers of plastic wrap.  (I used a rolling pin to smash them and make them even. It’s important to get the chicken quite thin so it cooks quickly.)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup flour (use more if needed)
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil

1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup capers, drained
2 more Tbsp butter
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
One more squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Heat oil and butter over medium heat in your largest frying pan.  Season flattened thighs with salt and pepper.  Put flour in a flat bowl or pie pan, and dredge the thighs, shaking off the excess.  Drop the floured thighs into the frying pan without crowding, and fry for 3-4 minutes per side, until they are starting to get golden bits on them.  Remove from pan and add more thighs. Continue until all the chicken is cooked.

Add in the lemon juice, chicken stock and capers and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and add the chicken thighs back in along with any juices that have collected on the plate.  Cook for about 5 more minutes, turning the chicken so both sides are saucy. Add the last 2 Tbsp of butter and stir gently to distribute it.  Taste to see if it needs more salt or pepper.  Place in a serving dish, give one more good squeeze of lemon juice, and sprinkle parsley.

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