Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

Thanks to my friend Lynn I have a new meal to add to the rotation!  Okay, I don't really have a rotation because I always want to try new dishes, but I will definitely keep this recipe in my file to make again.  Rachael Ray, of course, dishes out another fantastically flavorful, yet still somewhat easy, meal that I love.  I will admit, anything with capers has to be good!

Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

1 1/3 pounds chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces (I used 2 chicken breasts)
salt and pepper
1 1/2 T butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
2 T all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wine
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup chicken broth or stock
3 T capers, drained
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 pound penne rigate pasta, cooked to al dente (I use half this amount and plain macaroni noodles because I had them in my pantry)
chopped or snipped chives, for garnish

Heat a deep nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  Add a tablespoon of EVOO and the chicken to the pan.  Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Brown chicken until lightly golden all over, about 5 to 6 minutes.  Remove chicken from pan and return the skillet to the heat.  Reduce heat to medium.  Add another tablespoon EVOO and 1 tablespoon butter, the garlic and shallots to the skillet.  Saute garlic and shallots 3 minutes.  Add flour and cook 2 minutes.  Whisk in wine and reduce liquid 1 minute.  Whisk lemon juice and broth into sauce.  Stir in capers and parsley.  When the liquid comes to a bubble, add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter to the sauce to give it a little shine.  Add chicken back to the pan and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes.  Toss hot pasta with chicken and sauce and serve.  Adjust salt and pepper, to your taste.  Top with fresh snipped chives.


  1. OK - so next time we come up (and stay the entire weekend) I will make a list (before we come) of dishes I want you to make, and then either bring ingredients or give some cash to the cook. I want to eat like everything you put on here!!!

    P.S. I've only had capers once, but I agree they are amazing.

  2. YAY! I'm so glad you liked this - it's one of my favs and we're making it again this week.