Many University students are known to opt out on cooking real, let alone healthy, meals, settling for the notorious Pot Noodle or going on the ever popular beans on toast route. While often it may seem hard to find the time and more importantly the money to put together a good, proper meal, there are many recipes out there that take hardly any prep time and contain ingredients both cheap and commonly used. One of my favourite recipes that I have come to love and almost master is a lemon chicken dish called Chicken Piccata.
By: Sara O’Brien
Ingredients for two servings:
These measurements can be easily mended for more or less chicken depending on your preference.
2 chicken breasts cut in half
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
½ cup of chicken broth (125 ml.)
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of capers
2 tablespoons of butter
Fresh lemon slicesOptional: white wine, garlic, and parsley.
To start, you need to season the chicken with salt and pepper then dredge it in flour, which is simply coating the front and back of each chicken breast with flour. While doing this, have a frying pan on the stove coated with the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil warming up on a medium-high heat.
When ready, cook the chicken about 2-3 minutes on each side, then transfer the chicken to a platter and remove the excess fat and oil from the pan.
If you chose to cook with wine and garlic, now you can add the white wine and garlic to the pan after adding more non-stick spray or oil to deglaze the pan. Once the garlic is slightly brown and the liquid in the pan is almost evaporated after around 2 minutes.
The next step is adding the chicken broth, lemon juice, and capers and then returning the chicken to the pan to cook in this sauce for one minute on each side.
Then, you remove the chicken once again and finish the sauce with the butter and lemon slices, cooking it until the butter melts and the sauce is complete. After which, you can garnish the chicken with parsley if you so chose.
This procedure should take no more than 30 minutes in total and once finished, it is ready to be served immediately and is great when accompanied with either pasta or any vegetable of your choosing.