Friday, December 16, 2011

Ted's Making Dinner!

For those of you following the adventures of Marcy Singer in Amanda Lee's embroidery mystery series, Ted has invited Marcy over for dinner. He's making chicken piccata. He tells Marcy his mother taught him how to make the dish before he left for college, but in reality, the recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman.

So below is Ree Drummond's recipe for Chicken Piccata:

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • 4 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • 3/4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 whole Lemons
  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 pound Angel Hair Pasta

Preparation Instructions

This is how you make Chicken Piccata when you’re out of capers and you have a pathological fear of cooking anything without adding heavy cream.

Have a pot of water simmering for the pasta.

If chicken breasts are overly thick, pound until slightly flattened. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides, then dredge in flour.

Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry two of the chicken breasts at one time until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes on each side; a little longer if breasts are thicker, a little shorter if breasts are thinner. Remove to a plate, then add the other 2 tablespoons each of butter and olive oil. Fry the other two breasts until golden, monitoring the oil/butter mixture to make sure it doesn't burn. Decrease heat as needed!

After removing the chicken, have the heat on medium to medium-low. Pour in wine and chicken broth, and squeeze in the juice of two lemons. Whisk the sauce, scraping the bottom of the pan. Allow sauce to cook and bubble and thicken until reduced by about half. Sprinkle in a little salt and pepper as it's cooking.

Reduce heat to low and pour in cream. Whisk together and allow to cook for a couple of minute until sauce thickens. Taste and adjust seasonings or other ingredients. Expect the sauce to have a real tang to it; counter it with a little more broth and cream if it's too strong! Sprinkle in some chopped parsley and stir.

Right at the end, cook angel hair until al dente---do not overcook!

With tongs, place a medium-sized mound of pasta on a plate. Place a cooked chicken breast beside it, then spoon sauce over the chicken and the pasta. The sauce is strong, so no need to drown it. Sprinkle a little minced parsley over the top.

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