This easy chicken tapenade recipe boasts juicy pan seared chicken breasts with a piquant sauce of bacon, capers, olives, lemon, and butter.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 25minutes
1 1/4poundsboneless-skinless chicken breasts
2tablespoonsfresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Let the chicken breasts or cutlets come to room temperature for 30 minutes.
Pound the cutlets until they are more uniform in thickness for even cooking.
Dry the chicken, rub all surfaces with 1 tablespoon of oil, then salt and pepper both sides.
Slice the bacon into 1/4-1/2 inch squares.
Place a frying pan (not a cast iron skillet or your sauce will turn gray) over medium heat and add the bacon. Stir after two minutes and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp - about 6 minutes total. Remove the bacon and leave 2 tablespoons of fat in the pan. If your bacon was lean, add olive oil.
Place the chicken in the pan so it isn't touching and cook for 4 minutes or until the chicken turns white 1/2 way up the thickest part. Flip the chicken and cook for 4 minutes more or until the chicken is firm when pressed with your finger, or the internal temperature is 160 degrees. Remove to a plate and cover loosely with a piece of foil.
Add the shallots to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium-low and saute the shallots for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the wine. Turn the heat back to medium and scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the about 1 tablespoon of wine is left and then add the cream and water; stir. Add the butter, lemon juice and the accumulated juice from the chicken to the pan and bring to a simmer, reducing slightly until it sauce looks glossy and velvety. Add the capers, bacon, olives and parsley, heating through.
Serve: Place the chicken on individual serving plates and top with the sauce.
Serves 4 at 2 g carbs each.
Salt until the flavors in the sauce stand out but aren't salty. Then, add enough pepper to make the sauce taste savory.
Chicken Tapenade with Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.