Chicken Piccata with Artichoke Hearts and Capers

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This was always one of my fast, ‘go-to’dinners–always a favorite, and very quick and easy to fix. I just kept canned or jarred artichokes on hand, capers (great in a lot of dishes) and frozen chicken breasts. Viola! A quick, yet elegant dish that satisfied everyone!

Capers actually have a long history of being used medicinally all the way back to early Greece to treat inflammatory conditions. And they have been used for gas, indigestion and bloating as well as promoting healthy liver function. Adding capers to grilled meats helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing by-products as well.

Ingredients
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, or thighs
1/4 cup or so brown rice flour, optional
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp grass fed butter
4 cloves garlic minced
1 can or small jar of artichoke hearts (can be marinated or plain)
2 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
2-3 Tbsp capers2 Tbsp white wine
Parmigiana Reggiano, grated, optional
Herbs–Rosemary, oregano, basil, etc.

Directions
Rinse chicken and dredge through flour or pour flour into a large plastic bag and shake chicken pieces in it. Add chicken to pan with olive oil and butter and brown. Add in garlic. Season with sea salt and herbs and cook chicken until done inside and golden brown. Add artichoke hearts, capers, wine and lemon juice. Simmer 10-15 minutes until liquid reduces and thickens slightly. Serve plain or over cooked quinoa, cauliflower ‘rice’ or potatoes.

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