This twist on chicken piccata has the traditional sauce made from butter, lemon juice, capers, and white wine, but gets a burst of summery flavor from blistered tomatoes. Avoid over-stirring the cherry tomatoes in the hot pan; you want them to brown and caramelize. Use your favorite dry white wine in the recipe, and serve the rest with dinner.
8 (3-oz.) chicken cutlets (about 1 1⁄2 lb.)
1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
2 pints heirloom cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons brined capers, drained and rinsed
4 scallions, with green and white parts sliced and separated
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
How to Make It
Sprinkle chicken with 3⁄4 teaspoon of the salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Place flour, eggs, and panko in 3 separate bowls. Stir 1 1⁄4 teaspoons of the salt and 3⁄4 teaspoon of the pepper into flour, and stir remaining 1 teaspoon salt into panko. Dredge chicken in flour, dusting off any excess flour. Dip in eggs, and dredge in panko, pressing lightly to adhere.
Heat 1⁄4 cup of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high until it shimmers. Cook chicken in hot oil, in batches, until chicken is cooked through and golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side, adding remaining 1⁄4 cup oil as needed when skillet begins to get dry. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels, reserving oil in a heatproof bowl. Keep chicken warm in a 200°F oven. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel, removing any excess panko.
Return skillet to medium-high, and add 2 tablespoons reserved hot oil. Add tomatoes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until blistered on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Add capers and white parts of scallions; cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce starts to thicken, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add lemon juice and butter, and cook, stirring constantly, until butter melts. Stir in chopped fresh parsley and green parts of scallions; serve immediately with chicken.