Chicken Cutlets with Fried Capers and Tomatoes is a perfect recipe for an impromptu meal
Peggy Lampman | Contributor
It’s a snap making quickie meals with thin pieces of chicken. Although the following recipe is a bit more involved — more along the lines of a piccata — chicken cutlets simply sautéed with leftover veggies also makes a good, impromptu meal.
I’ve used the pre-packs of chicken cutlets in the past, but the pieces seem irregular; half the chicken is paper thin and the other often the thickness of a smartphone — it’s impossible to cook the meat to perfection. It’s so easy to slice a chicken breast through the center horizontally, especially if the meat is partially frozen, so why bother to buy the pre-packs, anyway?
I selected Pine Manor young chicken from Whole Foods, which are more flavorful, juicy and tender than other brands I've used in the past. Bell & Evans and Maverick Ranch are other favorites chicken brands I use.
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
4-5 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of capers
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes (1 pint)
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
1-2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces, optional
1 tablespoon chopped basil or parsley
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. With a very sharp knife, slice chicken breasts horizontally, sandwich- style, through the center into 1/3-inch pieces. (Thick breasts may yield 3 cutlets.) Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over high heat. Fry tomatoes, with a pinch of kosher salt, stirring, until they soften, shrivel and blister, 4-5 minutes.
3. Add capers to tomatoes and fry until become crisp and slightly brown, an additional 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat and transfer the tomato-caper mixture to a plate. Reserve. Season one side of each cutlet with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper; dredge both sides in flour. Add an additional 2 tablespoons oil to pan and heat to medium high. SautÃ© the cutlets in batches until golden brown and just cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side, depending on thickness of breast, adding additional oil if necessary. Transfer the cooked chicken to an oven-safe dish and place in oven to keep warm.
4. Add garlic to pan and cook over medium-high heat 30 seconds. Deglaze pan with stock and wine and reduce, stirring bottom and sides of pan, until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in butter to add richness and thicken, if using. Stir in tomato-caper mixture, reheat, add the basil and parsley and spoon over warm chicken cutlets.