Sauteed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers

504 - CHICKEN WITH LEMON AND CAPERS 3Start to finish: 45 minutes
Hands on time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4
1 pound chicken breast cutlets, preferably thin sliced
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
3 tablespoons rinsed, drained and dried capers
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour (preferably wondra) for dredging the chicken
1 lemon sliced very thin crosswise
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 1/4 cups chicken broth

Working with 1 cutlet at a time, place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag, add a few teaspoons of water and pound the chicken in the bag, using a meat pounder or rolling pin, until it is 1/8-inch thick. Transfer to a plate and repeat the procedure with the remaining chicken. Cut the pounded chicken in half if the slices are too large to sauté easily. Pat the chicken dry.

In a large skillet combine the oil with the capers, turn on the heat to medium high and cook the capers, stirring, until they are crispy, about 2 minutes. Transfer the capers to a small bowl with a slotted spoon. Remove the skillet from the heat while you prepare the chicken.

Working with half the chicken at a time, season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper and dip it in the flour, shaking off the excess. Heat the skillet over medium high heat, reduce the heat to medium and add the chicken. Cook until lightly golden, about 2 minutes a side. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate.

Season and flour the remaining chicken and sauté it in 2 tablespoons of the remaining oil, transferring the chicken as it is done to the plate.

Dip the lemon slices in the sugar, coating them lightly on both sides and add them to the skillet. Cook over medium heat, until they are lightly caramelized, about 1 minute a side. Transfer them to the plate with the chicken, add the remaining tablespoon oil and the shallots to the pan and cook stirring, 1 minute.

Add the chicken broth and bring it to a boil, scraping up the brown bits in the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken and lemon slices to the pan, along with any juices from the plate the chicken was on and simmer very gently, turning the chicken over several times, until the chicken is heated through.

Transfer the chicken to plates and simmer the sauce until it has thickened.

Spoon the sauce and lemon slices over the chicken and top with the fried capers.

Tip:  The best tool for removing capers from the narrow jar they come in is a grapefruit spoon.

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Food Provided by: Citarella Markets | Kitchen Equipment provided by: VIKING RANGE LLC | Boos Block Cutting Boards | Casabella | Chantal | Dream Farm | Le Creuset | OXO | Silpat | SwissMar |

8 Responses to Sauteed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers

  1. Myrn Theriot says:

    We tried your Lemon Caper Chicken today and it was just delicious! I’m recording your show and would love to see an answer to this question: I love chicken breasts but they are so often dry when I cook them. What’s the secret to ensure moist chicken breasts?

    • moulton says:

      It is difficult because you need to cook them well enough to kill salmonella but not to death so they dry out. Try to just cook them through and no more. When you add them back to the sauce in this recipe make sure they cook gently until they are heated through.

  2. Catherine Newbury says:

    What a great recipe! I was a little intimidated at first, but it was super easy and came together quickly. My fiance loved it and we will definitely make this again!

  3. Gail Massaro says:

    Made this dish for dinner tonight… absolutely delicious!
    Easy and clear directions. A sophisticated and succulent dish. Licked the plate!
    Loved it!
    Thank you Sara!

  4. Daniel Makad says:

    Absolutely delish!! I’ve made Chicken Picatta many times but now use your tips on frying the capers until crispy, and dredging the lemon slices in sugar to carmelize. I watched your show this morning on PBS in Cleveland, OH. with you and your son making this awesome dish! I also added butter at the end of final preparation. Your show added this step but the recipe here doesn’t. Adding the butter at the end is a great addition. Thankyou Sara!

  5. Pallie Bostedt says:

    Please suggest what else to serve with the lemon chicken. I made this years ago, loved it but am now brain dead as to what to serve with it.

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