Do you love chicken francaise but don't have the time to prepare this popular Italian-American dish. No worries, this Lemon-Caper Chicken Thighs Recipe is your low calorie, easy to prepare equivalent.
I love to order Chicken Francaise when I go out to dinner but would never attempt to make it at home especially mid week when I don't have a lot of time to cook.
I got this Lemon-Caper Chicken Thighs Recipe from my Weight Watchers Group and it only takes about 5 minutes to prep which is my kind of weeknight recipe.
Weight Watchers has a lot a great easy low cal recipes that help me stay on track so I like to try them out and if they are good share them so everyone can benefit. I happen to love hot and spicy foods so I usually add in an extra condiment or two to spice them up.
How does it taste?
Like I mentioned above these tender juicy chicken thighs have a light lemony flavor similar to chicken francaise and the capers add a slight burst of a salty lemony brininess. Unique and delicious!
What exactly is a Caper?
Capers are the unopened buds of the Caper Bush. Caper plants grow year round in parts of Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, North Africa, Southern Europe, Turkey and California.
Are Capers Healthy?
The Capparis spinosa plant a/k/a Caper Bush has been used throughout history for pharmacological purposes. The root of the Caper plant has been used to ease liver and kidney disease. The plant has also been used to help with headaches & painful menstruation. So you may get an added bonus by adding them to your meal.
Where can I buy Capers?
Most supermarkets carry Capers. You can find them in the condiment aisle, usually where the olives and pickles are.
Are you a Weight Watcher?
This Lemon-Caper Chicken Thighs Recipe is only 5 Weight Watcher smart points for one serving. Serving size is one chicken thigh. Really delicious you may want to save your points for 2 thighs and dice them up and put them on a salad.
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What is a good side dish with this chicken?
- Tri Color Orzo is what I used - 5 points for one cup.
- A Green Salad for Zero Points
Can I use a Boneless Chicken Breast instead of a Boneless Chicken Thigh?
Yes, you can absolutely swap the thigh for a chicken breast and if you do that it will be only 1 Weight Watcher Point per serving. I may try it this way next.
What kitchen tools do I need?
Recipe Tip of the Day:
Take a minute to read all of the ingredients and directions before you start your recipe. This will prevent you from discovering halfway through that you don't have a necessary ingredient. It's also a good idea to assemble all of your ingredients and kitchen tools within easy reach before you begin cooking.
- ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
- ¼ Teaspoon of Black Pepper
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil
- 1 Cup of Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
- 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
- 1 ½ Tablespoons of Capers
- 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Parsley
- ½ Lemon sliced thinly
- ¼ Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes if you like a little spice
1: On a sheet of wax papers or parchment paper, combine flour and black pepper and red pepper flakes it you want some extra spice. Coat chicken with the flour mixture on all sides.
2: In a large skillet over medium heat, warm oil. Add chicken; cook turning until browned evenly on both sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Then transfer to a plate.
3: Add Broth to your skillet and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until broth is reduced slightly about 3 minutes. Return your chicken to the skillet. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, until chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and capers. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices. Drizzle with sauce when plating.Print
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