Chicken Cutlets with Caper Sauce

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Sometimes, especially after the holidays, all you want is a light, good meal. “Light” as in you’re trying to cut back, and “good” as in, can we make it taste good even though it’s light? This chicken cutlet recipe, with a caper shallot sauce, is just that, flavorful, filling, and won’t weigh you down. The idea for it came from my friend Peg Poswall, who is simply brilliant in the kitchen. It’s sort of like a chicken piccata, but without the breading, and it is served with fresh arugula, thinly sliced fennel, and shaved Parmesan. Great for lunch or a simple dinner.

Chicken Cutlets with Caper Sauce Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serve 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 chicken breast halves, pounded very thin, and then cut in half, so that you have 4 thin cutlets
  • Salt
  • 1 large shallot, minced, about 2 Tbsp
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained
  • 2-3 cups arugula, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, shaved thin
  • 16-24 paper thin shavings of parmesan cheese

Method

1 Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a stick-free sauté pan over medium-high heat until almost smoking, about 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle salt over the pounded chicken breasts and sear them for 2-3 minutes per side in the hot pan, working in batches so that you do not crowd the pan. Remove the chicken breasts and cover with foil to keep them warm.

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2 Add the other tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the shallots and cook 1 minute, stirring often. Do not let them burn, and if they begin to brown rapidly, turn the heat down. Add the garlic and cook another 45 seconds to 1 minute, stirring often.

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3 Add the white wine and scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the capers and red pepper flakes and boil until the wine is almost gone, about 2-4 minutes.

4 To serve, mix the arugula and shaved fennel and put some on each plate. Arrange some shaved parmesan over them. Lay a piece of chicken on each salad, then top with a little of the sauce. Serve hot.

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  • Judy

    Made this tonight and it was delicious!!! The flavors blended SO well together. We are vegetarians, so we used Quorn instead of real meat. Was just as good!

  • momnivore

    I know this is an old recipe but I just wanted to say that I made this last night and it was fantastic – my husband and 2 kids (age 2 and 4.5) raved over it – and it was easy to make. I didn’t have shallots handy so I just used a red onion and I added some lemon juice and parsley at the end but otherwise followed the recipe. Thanks so much for another great dinner!

  • Zach Alger

    This was fantastic and simple! Although when I added the shallots to the hot pan, they burned in about 10 seconds. Thankfully I had minced extra so I could replace the burned ones (after I let the pan cool down a little!)

  • Rhonda

    I made this a few nights ago and was surprised by the wonderful flavors. For some reason, I was afraid it was going to be a bit bland but it was far from bland. There are several layers of flavor combinations going on that work very well together.

    Some of the arugula “cooks” just slightly when you place the warm chicken on it and it makes a very nice bite to have some of the slightly cooked arugula with the crunchy arugula. Loved the shaved parmesan with it. I did not use the fennel because ours is not ready to be harvested and, with a rather large garden, I am stingy about purchasing veggies right now.

    This is a quick, tasty meal that will definitely be served again at our home!

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