Friday, March 18, 2011

Caper Chicken

In this house, we love capers. Adding them to a recipe usually makes it an instant hit.

For those of you unawares as to what capers are, they are actually the salted and pickled bud of the caper flower (which is a lovely flower). They add a nice little tart bite to dishes and I love them, especially with chicken. Hence my sharing this recipe with you.

The ingredients:
Olive oil; 3-6 chicken breasts (depending on how many people you are feeding); 1 C. cream; 3 Tbsp. capers; 3 Tbsp. caper juice; 3/4 tsp. oregano; salt and pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by heating the oil in a large skillet. Once the oil is hot, brown the chicken on both sides (about 2-3 minutes each side).
Move the chicken to a baking dish. In the same large skillet, add the cream, capers with their juice, oregano and the salt and pepper. Bring this all to a boil and then allow it to simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pour the sauce over the chicken in the baking dish. Bake the chicken for 45-60 minutes, basting the chicken occasionally with the sauce.
Done! (Sorry this isn't prettier, but sometimes things out of the oven aren't very pretty.)
We ate our caper chicken with rice and green beans.
This chicken was soooo juicy!! And the cream sauce was yummy! I didn't have enough capers and we'll definitely be making sure I have plenty the next time I make this dish. Everyone liked it and it was simple yet very yummy. My favorite kind of meals.


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