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CHICKEN PICCATA MEATBALLS

A new look at traditional chicken piccata! These chicken piccata meatballs are made with minced chicken and mixed with a rich lemon butter sauce. Serve with pasta, kinoa or crispy bread.


Chicken piccata dumplings is a REAL thing. Compassionate, fluffy chicken dumplings, spotted capers, rolling with butter lemon sauce and sprinkled with parsley to finish. There’s garlic. Meatballs are delicious and melt in your mouth. But in reality, the sauce. There could be one or two weaknesses that I couldn’t find with a spoon in a pan, because it jumped out of the pan, because it was LEMON BUTTER sauce and it was very nice. But then there was a moment when I walked in with a slice of bread.


INGREDIENTS:

MEATBALLS:

  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley (plus more)
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 1 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon pepp

SAUCE:

  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (scant)
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup capers (plus 2 tsp caper brine)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

  1. MEATBALLS: In a medium bowl, using a fork, mix together all the ingredients except the ground chicken. When the ingredients are combined, add the ground chicken and mix until *just* combined. Just be sure you don’t overwork the meat. Roll into 20-22 meatballs using a cookie scoop  or about 1 1/2 tablespoons each.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle in a little oil. Add the meatballs to the skillet but do not overcrowd. Cook in batches if they don’t all fit. Sear the meatballs for 4-5 minutes, flipping to brown all sides evenly. We’ll finish cooking the meatballs through in the sauce later. Remove meatballs to a plate.
  3. SAUCE: Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet along with the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the flour and whisk. Once the flour cooks for 30 seconds, slowly drizzle in the chicken broth with one hand while you continue to whisk with the other hand. Add the caper brine, capers, lemon juice, and allow the sauce to gain a simmer. Then add the meatballs reduce the heat to medium and let thicken, about 5-7 minutes. Lower the heat to low, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and allow them to slowly melt into the sauce as you stir. The butter will help thicken the sauce further. Serve with additional chopped parsley on top if desired.

NOTES:

  1. The sauce will thicken as it sits so I’d advise keeping a little additional broth on hand if you don’t plan on serving this right away. Serve over egg noodles, zoodles, quinoa, rice, or with crusty bread!

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