Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

When you see a recipe on three different blogs, you know it must be good. That's the case with Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss. It was everywhere -- Melissa, Lauren and Brooke (fellow Nestie's) all raved about it. So because I am no dummy, I had to try it. Let me tell you -- I made it in 20 minutes flat which was a good thing since I walked in 30 minutes past my normal arrival time. I thought it was good (I added too much lemon, so a tad bit tangy) and I think if my husband was in a better mood, he might have enjoyed it more. That's another story (didn't bother to call him to mention I was running late, he was having a horrible day, combined with a toddler who was having tantrums... you get the idea). Anyway, I'm gonna try and wow him again with it since I consider it a keeper.

Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 1/3 pounds chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wine
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup chicken broth or stock
3 tablespoons capers, drained
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 pound penne rigate pasta, cooked to al dente
Chopped or snipped chives, for garnish

Heat a deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of EVOO and the chicken to the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken until lightly golden all over, about 5-6 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and return the skillet to the heat.

Reduce heat to medium. Add another tablespoon EVOO and one tablespoon butter, the garlic and shallots to the skillet. Sauté garlic and shallots three minutes. Add flour and cook two minutes. Whisk in wine and reduce liquid one minute. Whisk lemon juice and broth into sauce. Stir in capers and parsley. When the liquid comes to a bubble, add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter to the sauce to give it a little shine.

Add chicken back to the pan and heat through, 1-2 minutes. Toss hot pasta with chicken and sauce and serve. Adjust salt and pepper, to your taste. Top with fresh snipped chives.


Jenny said...

Looks great Brooke! I've been on a major pasta frenzy lately, so I'm sure I'll be trying your dish.

Joelen said...

This is on my list to try! :)

~Priscilla~ said...

that looks great. i love creamy pasta dishes!

Leeann said...

This sounds great..it is getting bookmarked!

Question for you- what is the chicken parm recipe that you have on your new MPM? My daughter loves Chicken Parm and loves Pasta so it sounds like a surefire hit in this house!

Could you share?