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Chicken Piccata (Gluten-Free)
I diagnosed myself for gluten intolerance after a lifetime of bizarre, seemingly unrelated afflictions. If my doctors had their way, I would have already undergone neck surgery, still be on 3 different inhalers for asthma, be vomiting daily and having chronic panic attacks. However, since eliminating gluten from my diet in May 2009, I no longer suffer from any of those things. Even with the proof in the pudding (or gluten) my doctors now want me to ingest gluten to test for celiac-no can do.View all articles by Destiny Stone
Gluten-free chicken piccata recipe (photo courtesy of serenejournal)
- 4 boneless, skinless, organic, hormone-free, gluten-free chicken breast halves
- 1 cup raw almonds or ground almond meal
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2/3 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter – use divided
- ½ cup dry white wine or gluten-free chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup capers in brine, drained
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Additional lemons for garnish and serving
- Lay a piece of plastic wrap on a work surface, place a chicken breast half on top and lay another piece of plastic wrap on top of that. Pound the chicken breast with a rolling pin or bottom of a heavy skillet until it is about ¼ inch think. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
- Put almonds in food processor and process in pulses until the almonds turn into a fine meal. Be careful not to turn it into paste. Add the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and pulse a couple more times to mix. If using almond meal, just mix the flour, cheese, salt and pepper together. Spread the mixture on a large plate.
- Rinse the pounded chicken breasts in water and shake off the excess. Dredge the chicken in the almond mixture, gently pressing the mixture onto the chicken.
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the oil is hot and the butter melted, place two prepared chicken breast in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until they are well browned. Flip and cook for 3- 4 minutes on the other side. Remove cooked chicken breasts to a serving dish and cover with foil to keep warm. You can also place the plate in a warm oven. Repeat procedure with the remaining chicken breasts.
- Add the wine or chicken stock and lemon juice to the pan. Scrape the pan to incorporate all the browned bits of almond. Add the capers and cook until the sauce is reduced by about half. It should be the consistency of light syrup. Stir in the remaining butter until melted.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts, top with chopped parsley and serve with lemon slices or wedges.
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