Lemon Chicken in Caper Cream SauceIn the light of my husband’s newly found appreciation of chicken, I was very excited to cook a Lemon Chicken in Caper Cream Sauce last night.

Similar chicken, called Lemon Chicken Scallopini, was once my favorite meal in TGI Friday’s, but to my utter frustration it was taken off the menu a number of years ago.

When we were driving home from Boston on Memorial Day, we dined at the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant, located in Foxwoods hotel and casino. Danya ordered Chicken Picatta, which tasted — surprise! surprise! — just like the Lemon Chicken from TGIF.

So, since Danya liked the meal a lot, my mission was to reproduce it at home. I googled “lemon chicken capers”, and the third recipe that came out looked just right. After reading some reviews, I modified it slightly, so here is how I cooked it last night:

Ingredients:
  1. 1.3 pounds of chicken breast halves (8 pieces)
  2. Juice from 1/2 lemon
  3. 2 garlic cloves
  4. 450 ml of half-and-half
  5. 3 tablespoons of capers
  6. 4 tablespoons of butter
  7. Salt, pepper, dried dill weed
  8. 1 teaspoon of starch (optional)
  9. 1 tablespoon of flour (optional)


Directions:
  1. Marinate chicken in lemon juice + minced garlic + salt + pepper + dried dill weed for about 20 minutes.
  2. Melt butter on a frying pan, add chicken. Fry on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, reduce heat to medium/low and continue cooking until the chicken is tender (took me about 20 additional minutes). Remove chicken to a serving platter, cover with foil.
  3. Add half-and-half to the pan, where chicken was fried, increase the heat to medium/medium-high and boil the sauce, stirring often. After a couple of minutes, reduce the heat and cook the sauce some more. I added 1 teaspoon of starch and 1 tablespoon of flour because my sauce didn’t want to thicken, but I’m not sure it was really necessary.
  4. Add capers to the pan, let cook for 30-60 seconds, turn the heat off. Add chicken to the pan and cover it with sauce from all sides.
  5. Serve with pasta (mix it really well with the sauce) and enjoy. teeth
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