Thursday, May 1, 2008

Adventure Dining at Home: Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata may sound like a fancy dish but it's rather easy to prepare and will impress your friends. It consists of chicken breasts in a lemony butter sauce, with capers. Capers are a pickled, salty, flower bud that are sold in a small jar in most supermarkets in the US, on the pickle aisle. I made this dish for a friend's birthday based on a recipe from the Food Network (click here for the recipe). I substituted four already thinly sliced chicken breasts, which saved a little work because I did not have to butterfly the chicken breasts as called for in the recipe. I paired it with a simple chopped salad with red wine vinagarette, and a very easy to make zucchini and pasta toss.

I tried a new desert, a ricotta cheese with honey, cocoa powder, and fresh raspberries, eaten with chocolate biscotti. Very easy to prepare but I didn't like the ricotta cheese as a desert. Perhaps it would be better with mascarpone.

All in all, it took maybe 45 minutes to prepare the meal and I think my friends appreciated that I made the effort to cook rather than just making dinner reservations.


tut-tut said...

You just have to get your mind around ricotta as a dessert. Did you use the whole milk variety? Grass Fed Dairy makes a great one; also their sour cream is out of this world good.

SheR. said...

Wow!! Capers! They are pretty expensive in some places¨!
Nice dish! Yummy!

DineometerDeb said...

tut-tut: Maybe the problem was that I used the Bi-Lo brand. I probably should have bitten the bullet and gone to Green Life or Fresh Market. Is that where Grass Fed Dairy is sold?

Sher: A complement on my cooking from a chef! I am so flattered! Capers were on sale this week for $2 a jar. Shhh! Don't tell my friend I used off brand ricotta and on sale capers.