Piccatine al Limone

today28th April 2022



  • 2 very large, or 3 smaller, free-range skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 500g)
  • 2-3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 70g butter, softened
  • 250g spinach (or broccoli or romanesco, cut into florets)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for dressing
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig or 2 tbsp chopped parsley (either/or but not both)
  • Juice 1 lemon (about 40ml)
  • lemon thinly sliced (optional)


Heat the oven to its lowest setting (ideally about 70C if your oven goesthat low), and put in a serving platter to warm. Slice the chicken breasts into 2-4mm thickescalopes (see tip). Heat your widest frying pan over a high heat.Season each piece of chicken with a little salt on both sides, then lightlydust both sides with flour.

When the pan is hot, add the 2 tbsp olive oil and the breast slices in a single layer (you may need to fry them in a few batches). As they start to cook, add 1 tbsp of the 70g butter this will help brown the chicken faster. Your goal is to get a good amount of golden brown colouring on both sides of each escalope dont turn them until the first side is gorgeously browned.

Transfer the cooked escalopes to the platter in the warm oven and fry the next batch, adding a bit more butter as and when you need to, but keeping back at least 30g for the sauce.

While the chicken is cooking, boil the spinach or broccoli in plenty of salted water until tender this will take 1-3 minutes for spinach, about 6 minutes for broccoli/calabrese and 10-12 minutes for romanesco. Drain well (squeeze or blot the spinach) and drench in extra-virgin olive oil while still hot. Serve at any temperature.

When the last escalopes are done, add them to the rest of the chicken warming in the oven. Return the pan to the heat and add the rosemary (if using) followed by the lemon juice, lemon slices (if using), 120ml water and the remaining butter.

Cook down the mixture to a luscious, creamy sauce taste for seasoning, adding pepper and maybe a touch more salt. If it gets too thick, add a drop more water.

Remove the cooked chicken from the oven and add it to the sauce. Toss it to coat well, add the parsley (if using), then return the chicken and sauce to the warmed platter. Serve immediately with mash and the greens.

Written by: GlitterBeam

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