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Italian Chicken Piccata

Chef: Gladstone Roberts

Position: Chef for Home Chef. Orlando, Florida

Instagram: @chef_roberts_g







How did you get started?

The reason I wanted to become a chef is my mom. I always liked watching her cook, but that turned from just watching her cook, to coming home and wanting to cook myself. As I got older, I realized I really wanted to be a chef. I know it’s corny, but Ratatouille (the Disney movie) is why I cook today and that is the model of never defining my limits!


What was your first position?

My first position that I held in the restaurant industry was actually at a fast food restaurant. I was a dishwasher at Chick-fil-A. The job built a lot of character for me, that’s for sure!




The story behind the dish:

Chicken piccata is my favorite dish. It was one of the first authentic Italian dishes that I ever made. I can make it in my sleep perfect all the way through, no hesitation!






Italian Chicken Piccata


What you need:

  • One 9 inch skillet

  • Pair of tongs

  • Ramekins

  • Mixing spoon

  • Measuring spoons and cups


Ingredients:

  • 1 skinless and boneless chicken breast, butterflied and then cut in half

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • All-purpose flour for dredging

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 cup of white wine or chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon brined capers, rinsed

  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped



Directions:

  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Flour chicken and shake off excess.

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil.

  • When butter and oil sizzle add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 2 min. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 2 min. Remove and transfer to resting plate.

  • In the pan, add the white wine or chicken stock then lemon juice, and capers.

  • Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown pieces from in the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning - season as you go according to taste buds.

  • Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Remove chicken and place on platter.

  • Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.


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