When I was working at my first restaurant, there was one dessert I was in charge of making, the meyer lemon parfait. Fresh out of culinary school, it was my first time using these lemons in any context. Ever since my first taste, I have been cooked on this citrus fruit – you can only imagine my excitement when I spotted the first meyer lemons of the season! In my excitement, I ended up buying a dozen with no idea of what I was going to use them for. Get ready for a week of Meyer lemon recipes, the first being Meyer lemon chicken picatta!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
What exactly is a Meyer lemon? It’s a cross between a lemon and an orange. The fruit is sweeter than the normal lemon with a darker, more orange skin. The possibilities of what you can do with these lemons are endless, for both savory and sweet dishes.
Not to brag, but I do make a mean chicken picatta. It has become a staple at one of my client’s house, making me a professional at making this dish. With only a couple of ingredients and 30 minutes, you can whip up this dish in no time.
The steps on how to make this chicken picatta are the same as the traditional method, only replacing Meyer lemons for regular ones. If you are looking for a gluten-free method, simply replace the all-purpose flour with gluten-free all-purpose. You can omit the white wine, as I often do, and replace it with chicken stock instead. Even with these changes, the dish will come out spectacular.
Whenever you make this dish, remember to pound the chicken before cooking. Chicken breast can be dry and tough if not prepared correctly. Pounding the meat helps tenderize the chicken and allows to cook in a much shorter amount of time.
I like to add the zest of the lemons to the dish to add more brightness to the sauce. Finish it with the juice and capers and you have Meyer lemon chicken picatta.
I loved this version of the classic, maybe even more so than the original. The sauce becomes slightly sweeter with lovely hints of orange rather than full-on tart. I’m telling you, you can never go wrong with Meyer lemons!
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