Chicken piccata has roots in Italian cuisine, but the version best known today was created by Italian Americans. Traditionally, chicken piccata will feature a luscious sauce made with lemon juice, white wine, garlic, and capers and is served atop a pasta like angel hair or spaghetti. Many chefs choose to add other ingredients to the basic preparation. Specifically, an ingredient like mushrooms adds another dimension of deliciousness to the dish—and also increases its nutritional value.
Where Is Chicken Piccata from?
The chicken piccata that is best known today stems from a version enjoyed in the America during the 1930s. This version could be found in many Italian restaurants at the time. Food historians believe that the Italian equivalent was most likely prepared with veal. Certainly, it is an Italian dish but versions of chicken piccata in France are also popular.
Chicken Piccata’s Unique Flavors
Classic chicken piccata will always contain lemon juice alone with fresh lemon slices that give it its burst of fresh citrus flavor. The lemon both brightens and lightens this dish that might otherwise seem heavy given that the chicken is dredged in flour before being fried in olive oil and set atop a bed of pasta. The addition of the capers enhances the unique flavor profile of the dish.
To prepare mushroom chicken piccata, consider this delectable recipe.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (halved—so you will have 8 slices of chicken in total)
- 1 lemon
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup flour
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 12 ounces of cremini mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- ¼ cup white wine
- ½ cup chicken stock (or broth)
- 2 tablespoons drained capers
- Pasta of your choice
First, flatten each piece of chicken and then season with salt and pepper. Next, dredge it in the flour and fry each side in the olive oil until golden. Remove, but leave the drippings in the pan. Combine your wine, stock, garlic, and capers. Stir for a few moments and then squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the sauce. Slice the rest of the lemon to keep on hand for garnish. Add your mushrooms and cook until they’re done to your liking. Finally, serve the chicken atop the pasta and top with the sauce. Garnish with lemons for a stunning and delectable dish.