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Sautéing is one of the quickest and most versatile cooking methods. It works well for almost any small cut of meat or fish. Martha demonstrates how to dredge meat or fish in flour and the importance of cooking over high heat to achieve a perfect, golden-brown finish. She’ll use these techniques to cook wiener schnitzel, chicken piccata and sole à la meunière — and also show how to make flavorful pan sauces to serve as accompaniments.
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Martha Stewart demonstrates how to dredge meat or fish in flour and the importance of cooking over high heat to achieve a perfect, golden-brown finish. She’ll use these techniques to cook wiener schnitzel, chicken piccata and sole à la meunière.
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Martha Stewart demonstrates the importance of cooking over high heat to achieve a perfect, golden-brown finish.
This Week’s Recipe
Chicken piccata is the most common American variation on veal piccata, which originated in Italy.
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, halved horizontally
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 to 3 tablespoons dry white wine
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons salt-packed capers, soaked in water 20 minutes, then drained, rinsed, and drained again
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Place chicken between plastic wrap and pound evenly until about 1/4 inch thick.
- Spread flour in a shallow dish; season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; whisk to combine. Place chicken in seasoned flour, turning to coat thoroughly, then tap off the excess.
- Heat the oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter starts to sizzle. Cook the chicken in batches, if necessary, to avoid crowding the pan (the cutlets should fit snugly in a single layer) until golden and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes for each side. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the cutlet. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Pour out any excess fat from the pan.
- Return pan to medium heat and add wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 30 seconds. (If the liquid is reducing too quickly -- before all the browned bits have been incorporated -- remove the pan from the heat.) Remove the pan from the heat. Add lemon juice, capers, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter and swirl until melted and combined, then add parsley and season with salt as desired.
- Immediately pour the sauce over the chicken, and serve.
Tips/TechniquesThis chicken piccata recipe appears in the sauteing episode of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School."
Yield: 4 servings