I am finding that Pinterest is such a fun source of finding good recipes for food and cleaning supplies. (I will post more about cleaning supplies soon.) This Creamy Chicken Piccata was a Pioneer Woman recipe that was posted and my friend, Rachel, recommended it. So last week I fixed it for my family and it was an instant hit. It really tastes gourmet; like something you would buy at a restaurant.
Juice of 1 lemon (3 Tbs)
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp basil or oregano
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups dried penne pasta
2 Tbsp butter
Juice of 2 lemons (6 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 Cup half and half or heavy cream
2 tsp dried basil
2 Tbsp capers
1/2 Cup grated parmesan cheese
Chicken: Combine first 6 ingredients and mix well. Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pour marinade over chicken. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator. When ready, grill until done. Allow chicken to rest for a few minutes and then slice into strips to serve over pasta.
Pasta: Which chicken is grilling. Cook pasta according to directions (10-12) minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain. In same saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in garlic and lemon juice. Pour in half and half and whisk until hot. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Add the parmesan cheese, basil and capers, and heat until cheese is melted. Check the consistency of the sauce and add some of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary. Toss in pasta.
Serve in bowls with grilled chicken on top. Sprinkle with more parmesan if desired.
Here are a few tweaks that I did when I fixed it:
****I used 5 breasts because of the size of my family and I only had 1/2 a breast leftover. So adjust your chicken according to how many people you are serving. I did not marinate my chicken overnight but started it in the morning. I will try to plan ahead the next time I make it, but the chicken was really good.
I also didn’t have capers so left them out. I used the heavy cream and it was delicious. The only thing my family said was that I could cut down on the lemon juice. I think the lemon juice was fine in the marinade on the chicken but it was pretty strong in the pasta. I liked the lemony flavor but the kids found it a little tangy so I would adjust that according to your preference.
This is so easy to fix! It is also very filling. This is one of those recipes that you could serve to guests and they would think you spent a lot of time on it. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!