Chicken Picatta with Asparagus

This recipe is easy and quick, and a good way to feed a pile of people.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 stick butter (8 tbsp.)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion or 2 shallots diced
  • Grated parmesan cheese to taste

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot halfway up with water. Add salt to taste. Cover and bring to a boil. Add penne and cook al dente.
  2. Cut or break off tough ends of asparagus. Cut into angled slices, 3 or 4 per stalk, so they are shaped like the penne.
  3. Dice up the onion.
  4. Cut the chicken breast into thin, flat pieces. Try to cut crossways as many times as you can to get wide, long but thin slices. I can usually get at least five from each breast. It helps if the chicken is partially frozen.
  5. Add 1/2 cup flour, salt and pepper to a large bowl and stir.
  6. Dredge chicken slices in flour mixture until coated.
  7. In a large pan, turn to medium-high and add olive oil. Once that’s hot, swirl in 2 tbsp. butter.
  8. When butter is melted, add chicken slices in a single layer, covering the entire surface of the pan.
  9. Brown for 3-4 minutes, turn and repeat.
  10. Set aside browned slices and repeat until all chicken has been nicely browned.
  11. Add 2 tbsp. butter to pan. Add onions/shallots and saute until soft. The pan should be really hot.
  12. Pour in white wine to deglaze pan, scraping browned bits up.
  13. Add the chicken broth and remaining butter.
  14. Whisk in remaining flour. Add water/wine/butter/broth to build up a nice sauce.
  15. Stir in the chicken, asparagus, and capers. Whisk remaining flour into chicken broth and remaining flour. Cover and turn heat to low.
  16. Check occasionally. It’s done when the asparagus is bright, green and tender.
  17. Serve with grated parm. I like red pepper flakes as well.

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