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Chicken Piccata with Pasta & Mushrooms
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“Our chicken piccata, served over whole-wheat pasta, has a rich lemon-caper sauce that's made with extra-virgin olive oil and just a touch of butter for flavor. If you like, you can use a mild fish like tilapia or even shrimp instead of chicken breast.”
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
⅓ cup all-purpose flour, divided
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
½ cup white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
2 teaspoons butter
6 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
½ teaspoon salt, divided
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 chicken cutlets, ( ¾-1 pound total), trimmed
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 10-ounce package mushrooms, sliced
1Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
2Meanwhile, whisk 5 teaspoons flour and broth in a small bowl until smooth. Place the remaining flour in a shallow dish. Season chicken with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper and dredge both sides in the flour. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; cover and keep warm.
3Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they release their juices and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add garlic and wine to the pan and cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved broth-flour mixture, lemon juice and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
4Stir in parsley, capers, butter and the reserved mushrooms. Measure out ½ cup of the mushroom sauce. Toss the pasta in the pan with the remaining sauce. Serve the pasta topped with the chicken and the reserved sauce.