"American Hustle" Chicken Picatta

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We are getting ready for the Oscars with a nod to some nominees this week.

American Hustle is set in a time when little Italian joints with bottles of empty chianti held half burned candles. Red table cloths lined the tops and red sauce on pasta was a sacrament. With a nod to the New Jersey theme- I am serving old school chicken picatta, bread sticks, pasta with red sauce of course and cannolis.

Everything I needed was right at Fresh Market including authentic Nee York pasta and choc chip filled cannolis. Only thing missing is the old Chianti bottle.

Serve 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, lemon halves reserved ( 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • sliced lemon, for serving
  • chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

Mix the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a shallow plate. In a second plate, beat the egg and 1/2 tablespoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs on a third plate. Dip each chicken breast first in the flour, shake off the excess, and then dip in the egg and bread crumb mixtures.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Place them on the sheet pan and allow them to bake for 5 to 10 minutes while you make the sauce.

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