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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Creamy Capers Sauce – Juicy, flavorful Lemon Pepper Chicken served with a lightened-up cream sauce and capers.
CHICKEN + SAUCE. AGAIN?!
Hey Hey, Happy SunDAY! Wasssup?!? Hope all is well with everyone!
Things are great out here, too, but I’m still grieving my vacay days :(.
You know those times when you come back from a vacation? Yeah…THEM DAYS.
I think I might have mentioned it a million times already, but we just got back from a very relaxing vacay in Macedonia and I miss it. On the upside, while we were there I ate like a cow and still managed to lose a few elbees! HA! They’ll be back just as soon as October happens, when I dive into a batch of Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls! Shyeah!
Wanna talk about those goods on today’s plate? It’s Lemon Pepper Chicken with Creamy Capers Sauce. LOVE! YUM! NYUM! LOVE! ♥
This recipe was inspired by one of my favorites, Chicken Piccata, but before I get knocked out by a proud Italian for calling this recipe LIGHT Chicken Piccata because, besides the chicken + capers, there’s nothing Picatta about it (?), I’ll just go ahead and call it Lemon Pepper Chicken with Creamy Capers Sauce. (talk about a run-on sentence! sheeesh!) You’d be surprised how sensitive people are when it comes to their country’s food. I should know – I am ONE of them! 😀
BUT we do have a super good combo going on upinhere. First, capers. Oh how I love theeeee!
Confession: before I knew what capers were, I thought they were lentils. You, too?! No? Okay. But, they sure do have the same texture.
Reality is that capers are immature buds plucked from a caper bush!
So, my besties over at STAR FINE FOODS sent me a jar of them pretty Capers, which have a distinctive sharp flavor, making them a perfect ingredient for our favorite marinades and today’s creamy sauces.
As always, I just wanted to stick a spoon in there and eat ’em up, but I have a family here that’s forever hungry so I decided to share. wah wah wahhhh.
Anyhoo – this barely-30-minute chicken dish? It’s lemony and peppery and smoky and creamy, all in one little bite. All studded with itty bitty capers. It’s like a chicken-dinner dream come true.
It’s quite impossible to not eat all of it in one sitting. Try it!
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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Creamy Capers Sauce
- 4 boneless , skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
- salt , to taste*
- 1 tablespoon STAR FINE FOODS Original Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons STAR FINE FOODS Capers , drained
- Lightly pound chicken breasts to an even thickness. DO NOT POUND THIN.
- Season chicken with lemon-pepper seasoning and salt, if using; set aside.
- Heat olive oil and butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
- Add chicken and continue to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly, turning once during cooking.
- Transfer chicken to a plate and keep covered.
- Return skillet to heat.
- In a mixing bowl, combine milk and cornstarch; whisk until incorporated.
- Stir in fresh thyme.
- Pour milk mixture into the skillet and whisk, scraping up the bits on the bottom of the skillet; continue to whisk until thickened and bubbly, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in capers.
- Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
- Pour sauce over chicken.
Recipe Notessalt* - This is optional as I don't use any salt in this recipe because I find the lemon-pepper seasoning to be salty enough.