Friday, January 25, 2013

Chicken Piccata for Two

One thing I have found in the kitchen is that for me it seems easier to cook for a group in the 4-6 range as opposed to 1-2 person range.  Scaling back on the enormous feasts I am used to cooking, and quite frankly, what I prefer cooking, is trying to say the least. 

Inevitably I end up with 4 meals worth of leftovers which is fine if I have friends over because then I just send them all home with my friends.  When it is difficult is when it is just me....I rarely eat leftovers.

Every once in a while I will be known to re-heat something for lunch the next day but those days are few and far between.  

I am just odd I realize this. 

So many people look at me with shocked expressions when I say I don't like leftovers. 

"But it is so good the next day"

"How can you let it go to waste"

"I can't believe you aren't going to eat that"

Trust me, I have heard it all!  So to set the record straight here is my bottom line....I can freak myself out about anything when it comes to food.  The mind, for me, can be a terribly wasteful monster!

Here is what happens: I have a dinner that for all intents and purposes was delicious. I pack it in a storage container and pop in in the fridge with wonderful intentions to eat it the next day.  One of two things will happen the following day.  

One: I forget to take it to work with me and then think that surely I will remember it the next day and then, of course, I don't and it sits in my fridge for several more days.

Two: I take it to work with me but since I just ate it for dinner the night before I am not really in the mood for it and since lunch is provided at work it just sits in the fridge until it is time to clean out the fridge again.

You see the point is that after one day of it sitting in a container I have convinced myself that it has gone bad.  It surely can be no good anymore and will make me violently ill should I attempt to stomach this rancid mess.

Dramatic maybe, but that is the way my psyche works.  Please do not analyze that one!

With all of that to be said, I have long been searching for recipes on a smaller scale and leave it to my dear friend Mackenzie to enlighten me! I recently had dinner with Mackenzie and her darling lambchop of a daughter, Amelia, and must say that this was the most delicious chicken piccata I have ever eaten and was thrilled to find the recipe was FOR 2!!!

 Chicken Piccata for Two

2 chicken breast (pounded thin)
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 extra large egg
½ TB water
¾ cup Italian Panko Crumbs
Good Olive oil
1 lemon
2 TB Butter

Preheat oven to 400
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper
In 3 shallow plates put flour, beaten egg with ½ TB of water and bread crumbs.
Dip each chicken breast into the flour first then the egg and then the bread crumbs.
Heat 1TB of olive oil in a large sauce pan over med/high heat
Brown chicken (2mins on each side) and place on sheet pan and put in oven for 5-10 mins
In same saucepan over medium heat melt 1 TB of butter and add lemon juice (let one half of the lemon rind sit in the sauce while it simmers), ½ salt and ¼ pepper.  Let the sauce simmer for 2 minutes and then take off heat and add more butter if needed. At this point, if you are serving with pasta drizzle some of the sauce over the chicken and then add the cooked pasta to the remaining sauce in the pan to soak it all up!
Thank you Mackenzie and Miss Amelia for a lovely dinner and a wonderful new recipe!
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