That's what you see in my previous post. I had to post that a few days ago, when I realized how truly horrible that risotto shot was. On my computer at work it looked like a brownish sludge, which is not at all what it looked like in real life.
Anyway, this (if I say so myself) was one of the most successful dinners ever. Often I make things, and I think they're good, but I'm not sure they turned out exactly how they were supposed to. Mostly because sometimes I get lazy with precision, and measuring. With this one, there was none of that. I knew that what was supposed to happen to those chicken breasts, had happened. Of course this might have been because it's an America's Test Kitchen recipe and Chris Kimball probably supervised about 1,000 versions of it wearing his red bow tie.
2 large lemons
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (you can either slice these thinner to make 8 cutlets, or do as I did, and buy the ready cut cutlets at the grocery store)
salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small shallot, minced or 1 small garlic clove, minced
1 cup chicken stock or canned low sodium broth
2 tablespoons drained small capers
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, set large heatproof plate on rack and heat oven to 200 degrees.
2. Halve one lemon pole to pole. Trim ends from one half and cut crosswise into slices 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick; set aside. Juice remaining half and whole lemon to obtain 1/4 cup juice. Reserve.
3. Sprinkle both sides of cutlets generously with salt and pepper. Measure flour into pie tin or shallow baking dish. Working one cutlet at a time, coat with flour and shake to remove excess.
4. Heat heavy-bottomed 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot, about 2 minutes; add 2 tablespoons oil and swirl pan to coat. Lay half of chicken pieces in skillet. Saute cutlets, without moving them, until lightly browned on first side, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Turn cutlets and cook until second side is lightly browned, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat and transfer cutlets to plate in oven. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to now empty skillet and heat until shimmering. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
5. Add garlic or shallot to now-empty skillet and return skillet to medium heat. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds for shallot and 10 seconds for garlic. Add stock and lemon slices, increase heat to high and scrape skillet bottom with wooden spoon or spatula to loosen browned bits. Simmer until liquid has reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and capers and simmer until sauce again reduces to 1/3 cup, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and swirl in butter until it melts and thickens sauce. Swirl in parsley. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve immediately.
1. I used shallot because it's a little milder, and I often burn small amounts of garlic that I throw into an already hot pan.
2. Using the pre-cut cutlets made this so easy. My knife skills aren't that great, and I wanted this to work out.