Thursday, September 13, 2012

A new Lemon Zester!

So the gadget addiction continues. I saw this ZestNest in a magazine and I knew I'd love it. It didn't take me long to add it to the collection.  Easy to hold, the zest doesn't go everywhere and it's easy to clean.




What to do with that lemon zest? Chicken Piccata!






Woodie's World Famous Chicken Piccata
posted by Woodie many times at the Cooking Forum
adapted by There's Always Thyme to Cook
Printable Recipe

4 chicken breast halves, boned and skinned (I cheat and buy the thin sliced chicken cutlets!)
salt and pepper
flour (enough for coating)
3 tablespoons butter
juice of 1 lemon
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
I like to add a little lemon zest (optional)

Put a piece of waxed paper on the counter and place chicken on top. Use a meat pounder, the side of a saucer, the unsharpened side of a heavy knife or other object to pound the breast into a thin piece that’s uniformly thick (about an inch). Or you can buy cultets already sliced thin. Salt and pepper the chicken generously, then coat with flour. Melt butter in a large skillet and brown chicken on both sides.

Remove chicken from skillet. Add lemon juice, chicken broth and wine. Boil down until it’s about one-half cup. Place chicken back in skillet, add zest, cover and cook 3 minutes. Remove cover and serve.


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56 comments:

  1. The dish looks tempting!
    I like those containers.

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  2. I can't think of a better dish to make with the new gadget!

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  3. Looks like a fun new toy! Love the recipe too:@)

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  4. This looks delicious! I am actually making chicken piccata tonight for dinner, my first time! I will be referring to your recipe this afternoon! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back and VOTE on Sunday!

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  5. I adore tangy Piccata dishes. This looks so appetizing. A very practical kitchen tool.

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  6. I'm not really a gadget collector, but this one looks really handy. And your piccata looks wonderful!

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  7. This is a good and simple recipe. Thanks...I cannot find the price for the ZestNest. Can you tell me?

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    1. I got it from Amazon and because I had other things in the order I got free shipping.
      ZestNest @ Amazon, $13.19

      You can use it for nutmeg, chocolate, cheese, so not just for lemons. I found it easy to use.

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    2. I just ordered it. It looks like what I need. I make a simple lemon ice cream and you use the zest, lemon juice, sugar and half and half.....just hand mix it, freeze ir and enjoy it....a favorite at this house!

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    3. The ice cream sounds so good!
      Hope you like the zester :)

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  8. Cool lemon zester, does it work as well as the Microplane? That is the best piccata...the only thing I do different is add a few capers.

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    1. Yes, the zester part is just like a Microplane. It's easy to hold and it catches all the zest. Although Microplane now has an "elite" series that comes with a snap on piece that catches and measures the zest.

      Microplane Elite Series Graters @ Williams-Sonoma

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  9. You're killing me Carol. Chicken Piccata is my absolute favorite chicken dish hands down and I am sitting here at work on my break just drooling from this post. Should have warned me to get a bib. ;) That zester is very cool!

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  10. Alright, I'm going to need that zester! :D What a great idea!

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  11. You are a gadget junkie for sure!
    I have something like that for nuts, I will see if it works.
    If not, I will just use my regular zester, it works fine!
    Hot today! Very summery!

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  12. I've said it once and I will say it again. You have THE coolest toys! I love that zester. So much! And what a great use for the zest. I love me some Chicken Piccata. Yum!

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    1. Thanks, Candace! Although I'm running out of storage space pretty quickly.

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  13. It looks like that zester works really well, Carol! I might "need" one too, but I'll wait till after I move as I'll have enough stuff to pack! :)

    I also love chicken piccatta!

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  14. What an easy dish with loads of flavor. This is perfect for our Fall weather that moving in....Thank you for sharing this at Foodie Friends Friday.

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  15. What an interesting zester!!!Love your chicken piccata with the lemon zest addition!!Have a great weekend!

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  16. What a perfect zester - mine takes forever :P
    Lovely looking chicken!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. Love chicken (and veal) piccata. Very cool gadget -- I still like my microplane, but I love that yours comes with a bowl to contain the zest.

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  18. Piccata is one of my favorites and so easy to make. The zester looks so cool!

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  19. great gadget! I really enjoy making piccata with veal, and it looks like it's going to be even easier to do!

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  20. Very cool new zester, Carol. I use my microplane, but this has a bigger surface. Hmmmm. Might have to get one.
    Is anything easier or tastier than chicken OR veal piccata?

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  21. Hi Carole. I buy cutlets also. I figure, by the time I pound out the chicken breasts I may as well just start with the the thinner cut anyway. Neat zester.

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  22. No capers? Hmm. This sounds wonderful but I do love capers!

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    1. Thanks :) I love them, too, but my family doesn't. Sometimes I use green pickled peppercorns instead.

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  23. I love my Microplane zester but that thing is so cute!! I love chicken piccata, this looks delicious. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. Yum. I love chicken piccata. I love my microplane zester but think that Zestnest is a great idea.

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  25. Hi Carol,
    Chicken Piccata is one of my favorites and your recipe looks delicious. Your Zestnest is a wonderful tool and a great idea. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  26. Lemon and chicken is always a good combination, in my book. Thanks for sharing the recipe - and enjoy that zester! *grin*

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  27. Carol - the next Food on Friday is on lemons/limes - I'm sure you will have a few "juicy" things to link in! Have a great weekend

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    1. I love lemons and limes, looking forward to it :) Enjoy your weekend!

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  28. Great gadget. My most recent use of lemon zest was in this recipe for blackberry sauce that I made during berry season: http://www.kitchenparade.com/2008/07/homemade-frozen-yogurt-with-blackberry.php

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    1. The sauce looks delicious, especially on top of that frozen yogurt. The zest really brightens things up, doesn't it? I'll miss berry season :)

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  29. Yum, I love chicken piccata. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  30. So simple, and a big bag of lemons in the fridge needs some attention.

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  31. I love lemon..and lime and orange zest. I love zest!

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  32. Thanks for the nice comments! Enjoy the weekend :)

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  33. Aren't kitchen gadgets fun. Any store I go into, I always make a beeline to the kitchen department. Yummy recipe for Chicken Piccata.

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  34. So I wonder where you store them all :) This looks like a winner with the holder for the zest on the bottom. The chicken piccata sounds delicious too!

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  35. I love chicken piccata, I usually make Barefoot Contessa's recipe, but I may try this one.

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  36. Love that piccata too! I skip the capers. Mike likes to call it Debra's Lemon Chicken (a la Everybody Loves Raymond).

    Your new gadget looks like my Microplane foot file. ;)

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  37. . am not sure if I have tried Chicken Piccata. Your recipe does sounds delicious and easy! Love the new gadget. Have a great week ahead.

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  38. Looks so very delicious!!! WOW! Cathy

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  39. Oh this zester looks awesome . I agree this looks very delicious!

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  40. Awesome new gadget, it's bound to make your cooking a lot easier :) No more wastage!

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  41. This looks like a winner. I have lots of lemons in my backyard, so I might be giving this a go. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I am a gadget freak too!I have millions of gadgets in my kitchen. My husband makes so much fun with me! The chicken piccata looks super tasty and I think you found the perfect way to use your new toy!

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  43. Chicken piccata is absolutely delicious, your version looks especially tasty. And how cool is that zester!

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