Saturday, August 24, 2013

a very nice, hot saturday...

OMG, I did so much today.  I cleaned the entire house, washed the patio windows, did all the laundry, cleared out some dead flowers, watered plants, swept the garage, planned our week's meals, grocery shopped and stopped in the Dollar Store, picked Nick up a Jersey Mike sandwich, made salsa and a salad and got everything ready for our Chicken Piccata over angle hair pasta dinner. Here is the recipe although I do modify it a bit by adding mega amounts of sauteed mushrooms which just seems to add a "je ne sais quoi".

Chicken PiccataGina's Weight Watcher Recipes
4 • Serving Size: 1 piece Old Points: 5 pts Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 214 • Fat: 5.5 g Protein: 24.2 g Carb: 13.4 g Fiber: 2.8 g 
  • 2 (16 oz total) chicken cutlet halves, all fat trimmed
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup seasoned whole wheat dry bread crumbs
  • olive oil spray (about 1 tbsp worth)
  • 1 tbs light butter
  • juice of 1 lemon, lemon halves reserved
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • Sliced lemon, for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving

Cut chicken into 4 cutlets, then place cutlets between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

In a shallow plate, beat the egg whites and 1 teaspoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs in another plate. Dip each chicken breast first in the egg, then bread crumbs.

Heat a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Spray a generous amount of olive oil spray on one side of the chicken, and lay it in the pan, oil side down. Spray the top of the chicken generously to coat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Set aside until you make the sauce.

For the sauce, clean the saute pan. Over medium heat, melt butter, add the lemon juice, wine, chicken broth and the reserved lemon halves, salt, and pepper. Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Discard the lemon halves, add the capers and serve one chicken cutlet on each plate. Spoon on the sauce and serve with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

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