Chicken Piccata with Roasted White Asparagus
This past weekend we traveled up to Pennsylvania to visit with my grandparents. It was like traveling back through time. It was revisiting my childhood and I was giddy. I haven’t been up there in well over 11 years! My grandparents usually travel down, but we wanted to surprise them with a visit!
They live near Pittsburgh, but out more in the country. I love it. I wanted to show Jake all the “sights'”. Some of these are recognizable by those who know the area, others are what mean a lot to me. My other grandmother lived in the Italian district called “Bloomfield”. It literally is a town stuck in the 70’s and has so much culture and vibrancy.We walked to where my grandmother used to live ( she lives in Virginia now) and walked a few blocks to the local Italian deli called Donatelli’s. If you are ever in the are you HAVE to go. BEST.ITALIAN.FOOD. EVER. We bought some locally made pasta sauce, fresh made Italian bread, and deli-made pasta. I can’t wait to make something with it!
We then traveled more towards downtown Pittsburgh to go ride The Incline. It is a train that has been there since the mid 1800’s and was once used as a coal hoist. Now, it is mainly a tourist attraction. It is so cool! I love how much history is here!
On Sunday, as we were heading back over to my grandparent’s house I spotted something. A Delallo’s Italian Market! I have never seen one before! We had to stop. I was in Heaven. There was more cheese and olives than one could dream of. I also picked up some killer ingredients to make this week. We picked up white asparagus, eggplant, broccolini, 3 kinds of pasta, Golden vinegar, sharp provolone, Irish Cheddar, rosemary ham, and olives. I wish there was one near us! I looked it up and apparently that is the ONLY location! How lucky were we!? One of which I will share with you today.
As we left, we had to stop by one of my favorite places ( childhood). Kerber’s dairy. This is the only place that sells my favorite ice cream. “Muddy Sneakers” yes, the name is not appealing but it is white chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, peanut butter balls, big chocolate chunks, and caramel sauce! It was SO worth the treat! I had saved up my calories for it! And who says you can’t have ice cream for lunch? They also have a petting zoo around back to feed the goats. I used to love doing it as a kid with my brothers. I loved sharing this place with my husband! Jake said it was the best mint chocolate chip ice cream he ever had.
Chicken Picatta is a classic, and usually pretty heavy. I lightened it up ( of course) and added roasted white asparagus tossed in golden vinegar and added roasted purple potatoes to round this dish up!
1 lb chicken breasts
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbs parsley
salt and pepper
3 tbs butter
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fat free half and half
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1 tbs capers
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 bundle of white asparagus
1/2 lb of quartered purple ( or red) potatoes
1 tbs golden balsamic vinegar
coconut oil spray
Preheat oven to 395
On a baking sheet place potatoes and asparagus on it, and spray with coconut oil
Season potatoes with salt, pepper, and rosemary
Sprinkle salt on asparagus and place in oven for 30 minutes
While veggies are roasting, prepare the chicken
Season chicken with salt and pepper
Heat large skillet on medium high heat and melt butter
Dredge chicken in flour and place in skillet and sear until almost cooked through ( 7-8 minutes)
Place chicken on plate, keep skillet on and add oil, garlic, capers, lemon juice, half and half, chicken broth, and bring to a simmer.
Once sauce has thickened, add chicken back season with parsley and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
Take vegetables out of the oven.
Toss the asparagus in the vinegar and serve with chicken and potatoes