Usually I make Chicken Piccata as whole chicken breast filets as a main dish and serve with sides and salad for a full meal. For this dish, I was looking for a single plate meal that was delicious and flavorful. So I mixed it up a little bit to create this dish. Use one pot to cook the pasta and a large sauté pan to cook the rest. Time is in the prep but I do it as I am cooking so start to finish is less than 30 minutes. Take the three minutes to gather ingredients before you start. I list the items below in their desired prep but I actually do the prep while cooking. Have a medium bowl sitting nearby to hold cooked food while working on others.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1⁄2 red pepper, sliced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 2 lemons
- 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 8 ounces thin whole wheat spaghetti (or pasta of choice)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- Fill a pasta pot with water and set on burner (don’t need to turn on yet).
- Turn a burner on medium high and place a large, non-stick sauté or skillet on to heat.
- Add olive oil and sauté onions until just tender, 3-5 minutes.
- Meanwhile slice the red pepper and mince the garlic.
- Pour onions into large bowl and now sauté pepper and garlic, 3 minutes.
- Slice mushrooms while this is going on.
- Pour pepper and garlic into bowl and sauté mushrooms. Note here: I do not add additional oil to sauté the mushrooms. I want them to render some of their liquid. Stir occasionally and cook until rendered and lightly browned.
- While they are cooking, remove skin and bones from the chicken and cut into small bite size pieces. Season with a little salt –half teaspoon and set aside.
- Pour mushrooms into the bowl. Now add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pan and add chicken. Sauté until white and cooked through.
- Turn water on to boil for the pasta. Add pasta and cook per box instructions.
- Add capers, broth, salt, pepper and parsley to chicken pan.
- Zest both lemons and add to pan. Then slice one lemon and add slices to pan and juice the second one and add juice to pan.
- Cook over medium heat to reduce liquid to half. Then add all ingredients in the bowl to warm back up. Add one cup pasta water to the chicken mixture.
- Drain the pasta and put back into the pot. Pour chicken mixture over top and stir and serve. Sprinkle as desired with fresh grated parmesan cheese.