I'm new to this forum, but I'm considering the Paleo Diet, especially because I take after my father physically and he is very sensitive to carbs from grains (they make him very sleepy) so he typically eats home-cooked meats for breakfast and lunch.
Anyway, I have a question about pan-frying meat. In this case, I was making chicken picata with boneless skinless chicken breasts that were pounded thin. My recipe was already pretty much paleo, except that the chicken is dipped in an egg and lemon mixture, and then dredged in flour. So I tried making a few pieces without the flour (but I still dipped them in the egg-lemon mixture) and the resulting pieces came out slightly drier than the ones dredged in flour, and I'm trying to figure out why that might be the case.
The cooking method was to pan-fry the chicken in a skillet with a little butter (I used homemade ghee) on medium-high heat for one minute per side, then to pour in the sauce (chicken stock and lemon juice) and reduce the heat to medium low and cook covered for 10-15 minutes.
If I were not going to use flour, how could I alter the cooking method to keep the juices in the meat better? And should I still dip the chicken in egg, or would it be best not to, since I'm not dredging in flour?
Sorry for the silly question. I honestly have no problem eating chicken without a coating, I just want to keep it moist and am wondering what I did wrong!
asked bydivergirl (125)
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on August 09, 2012
at 04:03 AM
I actually suggest not using chicken breasts at all. Use either deboned chicken leg quarters or thighs. You can still get that crispy exterior without the need for dredging. I treat it like it's bacon due to the amount of fat.
Just sear the sides, drain some of the fat, and then proceed to saute your vegetables if you're using some. Once you cook them a bit, you can then deglaze the pan with your chicken stock lemon juice mixture and add your chicken back to pan.
But if you insist on chicken breasts. Try rice flower, tapioca flower, or coconut flower. Don't know where you live but a place like Whole Foods has them.