Sunday, January 2, 2011

Perfect Piccata

Chicken Piccata is one of my favorite dishes. It has been for many years. The problem I always had with Chicken Piccata is that to make it almost always required a trip to the store. It seems there would always be at least one ingredient I didn't fresh lemons, or capers, or chicken broth, and I almost never had a bottle of white wine on hand, because I prefer to drink red. Now, I know for some it's not a big deal to have to run to the store to pick up a couple of quick items, but for me, when I have to tote along the littles for a quick can seem like a rather daunting task.

Enter Wildtree.

Wildtree's Perfect Piccata Sauce is one of my new favorite go-to items. It has all of my ingredients right there in a handy little bottle.  So now, when I crave Piccata like I am today, I can have Piccata, without having to run to the store!

To make it like I do, you will need:

Thin cut chicken breasts
salt and pepper
about a cup of flour
2 eggs, beaten
about a cup of bread crumbs
 1 Tbsp. Wildtree's Zesty Lemon Grapeseed Oil
3/4 cup Wildtree's Perfect Piccata Sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. First dredge the chicken in flour, then dip it in the egg, then dip it in the bread crumbs (I learned these three steps from my sister).

Heat the grapeseed oil in a saute pan and brown both sides of the chicken breast. Transfer each breast to a baking sheet (I like to line mine with parchment paper...makes cleanup a whole lot easier) and bake them just until the juices run clear. While they are baking, add the Perfect Piccata Sauce to the saute pan and heat while scraping up the bits and pieces of chicken and bread crumbs.  Remove the chicken breasts from the oven and gently dip each one back in the saute pan to coat with sauce.
Now, I like to serve it over a bed a mashed potatoes (which should be no surprise if you read this post). You can also serve it over white rice, pasta...really whatever your preference.  

I also like to add a couple of tablespoons of butter to the sauce, because well, my family loves sauce and the butter just gives us a little extra to spoon over our meal. If you are not a chicken eater - give it a try with veal or even salmon.

Mmmmm...I'm hungry just thinking about it!

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