Chicken Piccata Recipe

Fabio Vivani of Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars releases his cookbook this week! We nabbed a couple of recipes from this awesome new addition to our food library, including this super-simple, classic chicken piccata. Good thing we have meat mallets.

Piccata means pounded in Italian. But in America, chicken piccata is associated with a lemony caper sauce, but that's not the only way you can make it. My family's traditional chicken piccata is with mushrooms, like the chicken Marsala recipe above, but it can also be made with lemon, or with red wine and radicchio, or with whatever the heck you want. So unless you piccata it, don't call it piccata.

Chicken Piccata Recipe
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  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 4 tablespoons capers
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 whole radicchio Treviso (the long one)
  • 2 cups shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  1. Place each chicken piece between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound, using a meat mallet, to a thickness of about 1/4-inch.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and the olive oil in a sauté pan over me­dium heat.
  3. Season the chicken on both sides with salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook in the olive oil until nicely browned on both sides.
  4. Add the 1/2 cup of lemon juice, the stock, the capers, the rest of the butter and the lemon slices. Reduce until the sauce is thick and velvety. Turn off the heat.
  5. Julienne the radicchio and toss it in a bowl with the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, the Parmesan and the extra-virgin olive oil, plus a pinch of salt and pepper.
  6. Serve the chicken with the radicchio on top.
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