Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chicken Piccata with Artichoke Hearts Recipe

Chicken Piccata is a very simple dish but one that is full of flavor. This recipe adds a little something more than the old standard recipe. I was inspired by a heat-and-eat dish we buy when we are short on time.
I'm sure this version is much healthier and contains a lot less salt! Really, I just free-styled this recipe based on what we like and trying to make something more healthy. I'm not always successful when I do that but this time worked like a charm. Mr. T asked me to move it into regular rotation. Folks, he's a tough food critic so you know it's gonna be good!

Chicken Piccata with Artichoke Hearts Recipe

2 pounds chicken breast
1 cup flour
Olive oil

For the sauce:
1 large tomato, chopped
2 cloves garlic, mined
1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup capers, rinsed
1/2 jar marinated artichoke hearts
24 oz low sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp margarine or butter
2 tbs fresh parsley

3 tbsp flour & enough chicken broth to make slurry

Rinse and clean chicken. Pound thin. Season with salt and pepper. Mix flour with salt and pepper on a large dinner plate. Prep sauce ingredients.  Coat frying pan with olive oil heat over medium heat. When oil is hot enough to sizzle with a drop of water it's ready. Dip both sides of chicken in flour and shake excess. Add to pan and let cook until golden brown about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set on a paper towel to drain oil.

Add 1-2 tbsp of butter to olive oil. Add chopped tomato and garlic. Smash tomatoes with a back of a fork and reduce to a pan sauce.  Add lemon juice, capers and artichoke hearts. Stir and cook about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth to pan.  Make the flour and chicken broth slurry. Whisk briskly with a fork. Add to pan and let sauce thicken.  Add fresh parsley and basil to sauce. Add chicken back to pan and gently reheat.

Serve with rice or pasta or just a loaf of crusty Italian bread to soak up the lovely "gravy"!


  1. Is this Chicken Picatta similar to the one Sams' Club sells? We L O V E that one. Of course, it is the ONLY one we have ever tried. Yours sounds like it is better. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!! Blessings to you and your family!

    1. That's what made me want to search this recipe, lol.

  2. Yes! This dish was inspired by the one at Sam's. We love that one too but unfortunately it's loaded with sodium. This is my slightly healthier version. I hope you like it and thank you for your kind words.

  3. How much is "1/2 jar of artichokes"?