lemony chicken piccata with spring risotto

Fancy. And shmancy. And lemony! Have a dinner party with this one, folks.

Lemony Chicken Piccata
  • 2 (8-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup sauvignon blanc or other crisp, tart white wine
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  1. Split chicken breast halves in half horizontally to form four cutlets. Place each cutlet between two sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound each cutlet to 1/4-inch thickness, as shown in the photo, using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle cutlets evenly with salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge cutlets in flour. 
  2. Melt one tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add two cutlets to pan, and sauté two minutes. Turn cutlets over; sauté for one more minute. Remove the cutlets from pan. Repeat the procedure with remaining one tablespoon butter and two cutlets.
  3. 3. Add wine to pan, and bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook for one minute or until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in chicken broth; bring to a boil. Cook until broth mixture is reduced to two tablespoons (about four minutes). Stir in juice and capers. Serve over chicken. Sprinkle with parsley.
Spring Risotto
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  1. Bring four cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add asparagus, and cook for two minutes. Drain. Bring two cups water and chicken broth to a simmer in a saucepan. 
  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil, and swirl to coat. Add onion; cook four minutes. Add garlic, and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in rice, edamame, and salt; cook for one minute. Stir in one cup broth mixture; cook for four minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly.
  3. When you can part the risotto clearly with your spoon, as shown above, add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until liquid is absorbed before adding more (about 20 minutes total).
  4. Stir in asparagus, cream cheese, and pepper; cook one minute. Spoon one cup risotto into each of four bowls. Top each serving with one tablespoon Parmesan cheese; sprinkle evenly with thyme.

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