It’s been almost a week since I last posted something here. It seems my entire family has gone into retrograde and I have been nursing everyone back to health for the last month –including myself. The nasty flu that blew through Colorado had me down for ten days straight. I haven’t had one that bad for quite a long time.
On a food note, I continue to be inspired by Elise over at simplyrecipes.com. Last week she posted a delicious looking chicken piccata recipe. Once I found the time, this motivated me to come up with my own gluten-free, dairy-free version. If you decide to make this, please comment below and let me know how it turns out, as well as any suggestions that you may have.
This chicken piccata recipe adds one more protein dish to my family’s dinner table–we have been in a bit of a chicken parm rut lately, not that there’s anything wrong with that!
- 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1½ pounds total)
- ½ cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ½ teaspoon all purpose chef's shake
- 5 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 cup chicken stock
- ¼ cup brined capers
- ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
- Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally, butterflying them open --if the pieces are large, cut them each into two pieces after you cut them in half
- Put chicken pieces between two pieces of parchment paper and pound them with a heavy skillet until ¼ inch thick
- Mix together flour, salt and chef's shake
- Rinse the chicken pieces in water, then dredge thoroughly in flour mixture, until well coated
- Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add half of the chicken pieces and brown well on each side, about 3 minutes per side
- Transfer from skillet to a plate, add the other breasts and cook, then remove from skillet
- Place plate of chicken breasts in a warm oven while preparing the sauce
- Add lemon juice, chicken stock and capers to the skillet and use a metal spatula to loosen the browned bits and incorporate them into the sauce
- Reduce the sauce by half then whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
- Plate the chicken, pour the sauce over it and sprinkle with parsley
Before I even finished taking pictures of this dish, I began to “sample” it. It is deliciously lemony and refreshing, quite tangy with the capers; while the parsley adds a nice subtle flavor to it as well.