Recipe courtesy of Patton's Restaurant and Catering

Southern Fried Chicken Piccata

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 large boneless skinless chicken breast

1 cup all-purpose bleached flour 

1 tablespoon seasoned salt 

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

1 teaspoon paprika 

1 teaspoon black pepper 

1 cup canola oil 

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter

2 tablespoons minced garlic 

One 16-ounce bottle white cooking wine 

1 quart heavy whipping cream 

3 lemons 

One 8-ounce bag shredded cheese blend, such as Parmesan, mozzarella and provolone

1/2 cup sugar 

1 3.5-ounce jar capers, drained 

One bunch fresh parsley, leaves chopped 

Kosher salt

1 pound fettuccine

2 tablespoons olive oil 


Flatten the chicken breasts with a meat mallet until approximately 1/4 inch thick. Put the flour in a bowl or container and add the seasoned salt, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper and mix to combine.

Heat the canola oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Take a sprinkle of flour and put it in the fryer to test the oil. If it sizzles the oil is hot enough. Working in batches, dip the chicken in the flour mixture, coating both sides, and cook until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and reserve.

Pour out the excess oil, leaving enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to low. Add 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture used for dredging, the butter and garlic and mix together well until the butter is melted. Add the cooking wine and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until reduced by half, 5 to 6 minutes.

Add the cream and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened and reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes.

Squeeze the juice of 1 1/2 of the lemons into the cream mixture, stirring constantly. Add the cheese and sugar, reduce the heat to very low, and cook until the cheese melts and the mixture begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Thinly slice the remaining 1 1/2 lemons into rounds and add them to the cream mixture. Stir in the capers and half the parsley.

Bring a large pot of water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil. Let boil 7 minutes, then add the pasta and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir to prevent sticking and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Check the pasta in 5 minutes! Drain the pasta, add more oil to prevent sticking and divide among 4 plates. Top with the chicken and sauce, sprinkle with the remaining parsley and serve.

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