This is one of those one skillet meals I can fix on a weeknight when I’m in that Italian food mood plus it’s gluten free! Paul is a rice man and this is right up his alley. The chicken, rice and all the liquids and flavors are cooked together in one skillet and served from that skillet! So easy! Add a beautiful Italian salad that you can prepare during the 20 minute cooking time and you’ll have your family at the table in no time.
Traditionally, Chicken Piccata is made with a breast that has been butterflied, flattened with a mallet and dredged in a flour mixture then fried. The sauce is made separately and poured over the chicken. Here, I cut the chicken breasts or tenders into bite size pieces to speed up the process of making this a weeknight meal. I also prefer to not coat the pieces in flour and fry in order to keep it quick and gluten free without sacrificing any flavors! If anything, the chicken has more flavor since it’s cooked in the broth and lemon juice. Delicious!
Here’s how I make it.
One Skillet Chicken Piccata
In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the chicken breast pieces in oil for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low, add the chopped onion and salt. Cook with the chicken pieces for 3 minutes until the onions are tender.
When making one skillet/one pot dishes, I really prefer to cut the chicken into bite size pieces rather than leave them whole. They will cook much faster for a weeknight meal and easier to serve!
Add the butter and rice, stir and cook 1 minute to toast them a bit.
Add the garlic, black pepper, capers, lemon juice and lemon zest, white wine and chicken stock.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir well to make sure the rice is not sticking to the bottom, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
NOTE: Do not lift the lid for the first 15 minutes. The rice will not cook evenly if you keep lifting the lid to stir.
ANOTHER NOTE: So what is a good white wine to use in this dish? I prefer to use a Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Not a white wine drinker or keep it on hand? Use a white cooking wine available in the vinegar section of the grocery store. It has a long shelf life in your pantry!
Ready to serve! Just give it a stir to fluff the rice and combine all those wonderful flavors.
Make a quick and easy Italian Salad while the rice is cooking during those 20 minutes and you’re all set for dinner!
Here’s a great Italian Salad with Italian Salad Dressing! Check it out!
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