Lemon-Caper Chicken

Yummy -- modified from the South Beach diet.

This dish is a snap to make, yet it looks and tastes like something that took special care to create. Feel free to double the recipe for a crowd (but use two skillets), or halve the recipe for an intimate dinner. Make sure to buy thinly sliced breasts they are usually sold four to a package. If you can't find them, slice a medium-sized breast crosswise, resulting in a 1/2-inch thick piece, about 4 ounces in weight. Place each piece between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to flatten to an even thickness.

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 thinly-sliced boneless, skinless
Chicken breast halves (about 4oz each)
Salt and pepper
4 teaspoons whole-wheat flour, divided
1 medium shallot, minced
2 tablespoons drained capers
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
Pitted sliced green olives (optional)

1. Warm oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Pat chicken breasts with paper towels to thoroughly dry. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then lightly coat with flour, using about 1 tsp for each breast.

2. Lay chicken in skillet; cook 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown, gently pressing down on breast to ensure equal browning. Reduce heat to medium. Turn breasts; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove breasts to a serving platter.

3. Reduce heat to low; add shallots and capers to skillet. Cook 30 seconds, stirring. Add broth and juice; cook 1 minute, until incorporated and thickened, stirring. Stir in parsley; pour sauce over chicken. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:
258 calories
17 total fat (5 g sat)
72 mg cholesterol
5 g carbohydrate
21 g protein
1 g fiber
142 mg sodium