I’m always looking for interesting new ways to cook plain old chicken breasts. The ideal dish will have lots of flavour, be easy to make (require less then 35 minutes) and taste good as leftovers. This chicken piccata ticks all of the boxes and then some.
Chicken Piccata is an Italian dish made with flour coated chicken breasts that are cooked until crisp and golden and then covered in a sauce of white wine, chicken stock, lemon juice and capers. In my healthy version of piccata I used almond flour and added in artichoke hearts and asparagus for some vibrant colour and added vitamins.
If you are short on time you can use canned artichoke hearts, but as artichokes are currently in season I prefer to buy them fresh. If you can find small artichokes they are ideal, pull off approximately 2/3 of the outer leaves, peel the stem and then cut the top 1/2 of the flower off. Place the prepared artichokes facing down in a pot filled with 1 inch of water and simmer covered for 12 to 15 minutes. The artichokes are ready when the stems become tender and can be easily pierced with a fork.
Depending on your taste, you may want to add more lemon juice for a zestier flavour, or more capers which add a delicious hit of saltiness. If you are a pescatarian, I think this dish would work just as well if you substituted the chicken for white fish (such as halibut or sea bass) or prawns.
- 2 large chicken breasts
- ½ cup almond flour + 1 tsp
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely diced.
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1½ cup chicken stock
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp capers
- 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
- 6 small artichokes, trimmed and steamed and then quartered or 1 can artichoke hearts
- 6 spears asparagus, trimmed and halved
- Place the chicken breasts in a ziploc bag and using a rolling pin pound them out until they are flat and of equal thickness. Cut each breast in half.
- Put ½ cup almond flour and ¼ tsp salt and pepper in the zip llc bag and then dredge the chicken until its evenly coated in all sides in the almond flour.
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Cook the chicken breasts for approximately 3 minutes per side until golden in colour. Remove the chicken from the pan once cooked and set aside.
- Add the diced onion and garlic to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes until the garlic become fragrant and the onions slightly soften. Pour in the chicken stock, white wine and asparagus spears and cover to allow the sauce to simmer until it has reduced to about half and the asparagus has cooked. The asparagus should be tender but not mushy.
- Add in the lemon juice and capers and return the chicken to the pan along with the artichoke hearts. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until everything is warmed through and then sprinkle with parsley before serving.