Chicken Piccata with Banza Noodles
This recipe is a classic. Not only is it a delicious dinner dish, but it's also protein-packed as well because of the Banza noodles added protein! Enjoy with leftovers or serve family and friends.
2 large lemons
6 boneless, skinless, organic free range chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded until 1/4 inch thick
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper
1/2 cup unbleached flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 small shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons capers, drained
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (Vital farms pasture raised butter or kerrygold)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
6 servings Banza Pasta
Cut one lemon in half lengthwise. Trim the ends from one half and cut across into thin slices about 1/8 inch thick; set aside. Juice the remaining half and whole lemon to obtain about 1/4 cup juice; set aside.
Season both sides of the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper. Place flour into a shallow dish or pan. Coat each breast with flour, and shake to remove excess.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Cook half the batch in the skillet without moving them until lightly browned on the first side, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Turn and cook until the second side is lightly browned, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate kept warm in the oven, or cover with aluminum foil. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering. Add remaining chicken pieces and repeat. Add cooked chicken to previous batch and keep warm in 200 degree oven.
Using the pan in which you cooked the chicken, sauté the shallots in the oil and browned bits remaining in the pan. Once shallots become translucent, add the chicken broth and lemon slices. Allow to cook until lemon slices are well-softened.
Add the capers and lemon juice, and allow to reduce to concentrate flavors. Remove pan from heat and swirl in the butter until it melts and thickens the sauce. Swirl in the parsley. Spoon over chicken and serve immediately over a bed of Banza Noodles.