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Week 8 “Chicken” Winner

7 Comments | Written on March 22, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Congratulations to the winner from our “chicken” week, Lisa Keys!  She is driven by a passion for food and family.  In fact, Lisa told me she even has a bumper sticker which says, “Love People Cook Them Tasty Food.”  So fun!  Let’s take a look at the winning dish and learn more about the creative cook behind the recipe.

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CHICKEN SCALLOPINE AND HONEY LEMON CAPER SAUCE (click here to view and print recipe)

Ingredients:

1 pound boneless skinless chicken cutlets
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup low salt chicken broth
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons small capers, drained
2 tablespoons minced Italian flat leaf parsley

Directions:

Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and garlic powder, shaking off excess and set aside. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Cook chicken for 2-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and just cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate and keep warm. Pour the chicken broth into the pan, raise the heat to high, then with a wooden spoon, scrape up any browned bits in the pan. Cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add lemon juice, honey, capers and remaining butter. Return chicken, and any accumulated juice, to the pan. Cook, turning chicken in sauce, for 1 minute or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley.

Number of Servings:  4

Notes:  You can substitute 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves for the cutlets, but pound them to an even thickness for even cooking.

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Welcome to the winner’s circle Lisa!  What made you decide to enter the Better Recipes chicken contest?

“I entered the Better Recipes contest because I feel the folks who work for this organization are the ultimate taste testers.  It’s a great reward to win the $250.00, but more so to win the respect of the professional judges.  Being chosen by Better Recipes is a validation that I cook tasty food for the people I love and that means so much to me.”

Awww….that is so sweet of you to say, Lisa!  Tell us more about how you came up with your winning recipe.

“Speaking of the people I love-we are a huge Italian family whose gatherings center around food.  I love to take our family favorite dishes like a chicken picatta or veal scallopine and twist it up a bit.  It may sound strange, but I love the honey & lemon combination and often prescribe it to my patients (I am a physician’s assistant) as a sore throat/cold remedy.  We’ve had a terribly long winter in Connecticut and I thought why not use that same combo in my favorite easy chicken dish.  There is a balance of flavor with the saltiness of the capers and the sweet tang of the honey and lemon in combination with the savory of the chicken.”

Well, you certainly can taste the love in this dish!  Do you have any other cooking tips you would like to share with our readers?

“Cook what is in season and buy local whenever possible. When an ingredient is fresh and local there is very little one needs to do to it to make it taste good.  In fact, I use local honey in my recipe.  My friend’s dad has bee hives!”

Fantastic!  You can’t get much more local than that!

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