- 4–6 thin skinless boneless chicken breast halves*
- 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 1 +1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Additional all-purpose flour – enough for lightly dredging chicken
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup dry white wine (i.e. Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
- 1/4 cup or 1 large lemon – fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup canned low-salt chicken broth (or water if that’s all you have)
- 1/4 cup drained capers
- 1 small/medium shallot thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley – optional
- * Using ‘thin’ chicken breasts already prepared at the grocery will save you some time, but traditionally they cost more than starting with a typical chicken breast and pounding it thin. For those pounding the chicken: Place chicken between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat pounder or rolling pin, lightly pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. Be careful, it’s easy to go wild with the pounding and take it too thin.
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Mix 1 tablespoon melted butter with 1 +1/2 tablespoons flour in small bowl until smooth – set aside. Place additional flour in a shallow dish (I like to use a paper plate for easy clean up). Dip chicken into flour to lightly coat; shake off any excess. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy large skillet. Add 2-4 chicken breasts to the skillet (if you don’t have a large skillet, work in batches, don’t over crowd the pan) and cook until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to platter; tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with 2nd batch if necessary.
- Add a pat of butter to the pan and saute shallot until soft. Add to the skillet the wine, lemon juice, and broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Whisk in butter-flour mixture and boil until sauce thickens slightly – about 2 minutes. Lower heat and stir in capers, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken, sprinkle optional parsley and serve.
I like to serve angle hair pasta with this dish but you could swap it out for any pasta shape you like. My husband just happens to really like the super thin spaghetti. You could skip it all together and/or replace with some warm crusty bread. Add in a bright vegetable to complate the plate!
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