Monday, August 12, 2013
Chicken Salad -- Piccata Style
This evening I made a quick, simple and delicious variation of chicken salad. One of my favorite dishes is Chicken Piccata. For those of you that don't know what it is, it's basically a chicken cutlet, typically breaded, and sauteed in butter with lemon juice and capers. The lemon and capers are what give it its distinct "twang"...a melange of the tartness of the lemon and the saltiness and slight bite of the capers (which are pickled in vinegar). Capers are little olive green colored beads that are smaller than peas, and slightly larger than a peppercorn. Back to my chicken salad. I had leftover cooked chicken breast in the fridge that I diced (about 3 cups). I placed the diced chicken in a medium bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, I mixed my "piccata dressing". I used a rounded (slightly heaping) 1/4 cup of olive oil mayonnaise (you could substitute home made mayo instead). I placed the mayonnaise in the smaller bowl, added about 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, the zest of 1/2 of a lemon, 2 heaping teaspoons of capers, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of the vinegar from the jar of capers and mixed everything together. The lemon juice and vinegar thin the mayo and make it go further. If you don't want to add the vinegar, you can omit it...but I liked the addition. Since capers are already salty, I did not add additional salt, but some might prefer adding a bit of sea salt (taste the dressing to adjust seasoning to taste). I folded the dressing mixture into the diced chicken breast and served it in little romaine boats from the small heads of artisan romaine I buy at Costco. It turned out absolutely delicious and had all the delicious flavors I love so much in Chicken Piccata...only this was a cool chicken salad version that didn't heat up the kitchen or require any additional cooking since I had leftover cooked chicken breast. There are at least a million ways you can eat deliciously without wheat...and I intend to try as many ways as I can! ;-) I snapped a few photos for you to see below. Enjoy!