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  • Italian Lemon Butter Chicken by Vernalisa

    VernaAlisa
    Posted February 17, 2006 07:33 AM

    Italian Lemon Butter Chicken

    "About eight years ago, a dear Italian woman introduced me to this dish. She has since passed away and taken her recipes with her, as she had nothing written down. This is the closest of all my attempts to duplicate her dish. It is delicious and easier to make than it looks."
    Original recipe yield: 5 servings.

    Lemon Butter Sauce:
    1/4 cup white wine
    5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    5 tablespoons heavy cream
    1 cup butter, chilled
    salt and pepper to taste

    Chicken and Pasta:
    1/2 pound dry farfalle (bow tie) pasta
    4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded to 1/4 inch thickness
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    salt and pepper to taste
    4 ounces bacon
    6 ounces mushrooms, sliced
    6 ounces artichoke hearts, drained and halved
    2 teaspoons capers, drained
    chopped fresh parsley for garnish

    To make the sauce, pour the wine and lemon juice into a saucepan over medium heat. Cook at a low boil until the liquid is reduced by 1/3. Stir in cream, and simmer until it thickens. Gradually add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time to the sauce, stirring until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and keep warm.
    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
    To make the chicken, heat oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. In a bowl, stir together flour, salt, and pepper. Lightly coat chicken with flour mixture. Without crowding, carefully place chicken in hot oil. (If necessary, cook in batches.) Fry until cooked through and golden brown on both sides. Remove the chicken to paper towels. Stir the bacon, mushrooms, artichokes, and capers into the oil; cook until the mushrooms are soft.

    Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size strips, and return them to the skillet. Stir half of the lemon butter sauce into the chicken mixture.
    To serve, place pasta in a large bowl. Stir the chicken mixture into the pasta. Taste, and adjust seasonings. Stir in additional lemon butter sauce as desired. Toss well, and garnish with parsley.
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