This is another one of those easy impressive dishes done in less than 30 minutes. It’s fool proof meaning you can change or add things and it always turns out great.
Capers are key in Picatta. If you are not familiar with capers they are a pickled flower bud before it flowers. It is then brined and stored. They taste very close to a green olive but a bit saltier. I LOVE them in this dish as they add just enough salty sourness to the buttery sauce.
Here are the super easy directions with pictures and the recipe will be at the end.
Assemble the ingredients. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the thin chicken breasts.
Brown them until cooked through. Remove and stack on top of each other and cover tightly with foil to keep them warm.
Cook the pasta according to the directions. I like to use a thin pasta like Angel Hair but tonight I only had Fettucine noodles and they work just as well.
The frying pan will look like this after you remove the chicken. Pour in the chicken stock and scrape all those yummy bits from the pan as they help flavor your sauce.
Add the butter and melt it into the sauce stirring. Add the rest of the ingredients and capers. Let simmer for about 3 minutes.
Drain pasta and serve a chicken breast on top with the sauce spooned over the pasta.
Serve with some homemade cranberry sauce and a few steamed vegetables.
Dinner is served! There won’t be a scrap left on the plate!!
Here are the EASY directions:
5-6 thin boneless chicken breasts (or regular pounded thin)
Approx. 5 tablespoons garlic flavored olive oil (or regular)
4 Tablespoons butter
1 cup chicken broth
2-3 tablespoon lemon juice (one lemon juiced)
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2 Tablespoons capers (more or less to your taste or add them separately on each dish)
1 box angel hair pasta (or any pasta of choice)
Heat oil in skillet
Place chicken in and cook through (about 4 minutes per side if thin)
Remove and cover with tin foil when done
Add broth to skillet and use spatula to scrap all the browned bits from skillet
Heat through and add butter stirring until melted
Add the remaining ingredients
Add capers and simmer about 3 minutes and add chicken broth and remaining ingredients.
Cook approximately 5 minutes while cooking angel hair pasta (you can add more broth if it cooks down too much)
Immediately serve pasta with chicken on top and spoonful of sauce from skillet
Season with salt/pepper (you can add parmesan cheese also)