30-Minute Chicken Scallopini With a Sauce that Will Make You Swoon

published Feb 10, 2023
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Chicken Scallopini

Chicken scallopini is simple, straightforward, and thanks to the bath of buttery lemon-white wine sauce, is far, far greater than the sum of its parts.

Serves4

Prep12 minutes to 15 minutes

Cook13 minutes to 17 minutes

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four pieces of chicken scallopini with a green garnish on a round plate with a lemon wedge in the corner
Credit: Kelli Foster

If you’ve ever stared down a pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and wondered how to turn it into something delicious, the answer is simple: Make chicken scallopini. It’s one of my go-to dishes when I want a meal that my family is guaranteed to devour.

Chicken scallopini calls on a simple technique that involves butterflying and pounding the chicken breasts until they’re super-thin, dredging them in flour, and then quickly pan-searing them (a cast iron skillet is great for this). Because they’re so thin, the chicken breasts cook quickly and evenly for an end result that’s crispy at the edges and tender and juicy in the middle.

You can serve chicken scallopini with any sauce you like; here, it’s finished in a bath of buttery lemon-white wine sauce that’s far, far greater than the sum of its parts. Seriously — you’ll want to mop up every last drop.

What Does Scallopini Mean in Cooking?

Scallopini (or scallopine) refers to thinly sliced cuts of meat, such as chicken, veal, or pork. It’s a method of preparation and can be finished with a variety of different sauces, often piccata and Marsala.

How Do You Cut Chicken Breast for Scallopini?

To make chicken scallopini, you’ll start by butterflying boneless chicken breasts. Starting at the thickest end of the chicken breast, and holding your knife parallel to the cutting board, you’ll cut the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half.

Then, working with one pice of chicken at a time, place inside a gallon zip-top bag and seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Pound with the flat side of a meat mallet, rolling pin, or small skillet to an even 1/4-inch thickness. This will ensure the chicken cooks evenly.

What’s the Difference Between Chicken Scallopini and Chicken Piccata?

Piccata refers to a sauce (made with lemon, capers, broth, and butter) that’s often partnered with chicken, while scallopini refers to the method for preparing the chicken.

Chicken scallopini can be finished with piccata sauce, or another sauce. Likewise, Piccata sauce can be partnered with chicken scallopini or with other proteins, like pork chops, salmon, or even meatballs.

Credit: Kelli Foster

Chicken Scallopini

Chicken scallopini is simple, straightforward, and thanks to the bath of buttery lemon-white wine sauce, is far, far greater than the sum of its parts.

Prep time 12 minutes to 15 minutes

Cook time 13 minutes to 17 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 large

    lemon

  • 5 to 6

    sprigs fresh parsley

  • 2 large

    boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds total)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons

    kosher salt, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup

    all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons

    olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 cup

    dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup

    low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Juice 1 large lemon until you have 1/4 cup. Pick the leaves from 5 to 6 fresh parsley sprigs until you have 2 tablespoons and coarsely chop.

  2. Starting at the thickest end and holding your knife parallel to the cutting board, cut 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half (also known as butterflying). Working with 1 piece of chicken at a time, place inside a gallon zip-top bag and seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Pound with the flat side of a meat mallet, rolling pin, or small skillet to an even 1/4-inch thickness.

  3. Season the chicken all over with 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Place 1/4 cup all-purpose flour in a pie plate or large, deep plate. Dredge 1 piece of chicken in the flour until evenly coated, then pat to remove any excess flour. Place on a large plate or cutting board and repeat with the remaining chicken, placing them in a single layer.

  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add 2 pieces of the chicken in a single layer and cook until cooked through, golden brown, and slightly crispy, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a large plate or serving platter and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. If the pan is dry, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and repeat cooking the remaining chicken.

  5. Add 1/2 cup dry white wine to the pan and cook until reduced by half, about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice, 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook until glossy, slightly thickened, and slightly darker in color, about 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and swirl around the pan until melted.

  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with the parsley.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

This post was originally published on Kitchn. Read it there: Chicken Scallopini

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