Garlic-Caper Chicken with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes & Broccoli

Garlic-Caper Chicken

with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes & Broccoli

30 MIN
-$0.05/serving 2 Servings
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    In this wholesome dish, a duo of aromatic garlic and briny capers—cooked briefly together with butter and lemon juice—creates a simple, irresistible topping for our Italian-seasoned chicken. We're serving it with two hearty sides of parmesan mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli finished with more bright lemon.
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    Garlic-Caper Chicken with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes & Broccoli
    Title
    • 2 Boneless, Center-Cut Pork Chops
    • ¾ lb Potatoes
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 1 Tbsp Capers
    • 1 Lemon
    • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
    • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
    • 1 oz Salted Butter
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • ½ lb Broccoli
    time-saving
    tips & techniques
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Cut off and discard the bottom 1/2 inch of the broccoli stem; cut the broccoli into small florets. Using a zester or the small side of a box grater, finely grate the lemon to get 2 teaspoons. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic.

    Cook & mash the potatoes
    2 Cook & mash the potatoes

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the mascarpone and half the parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Roast & dress the broccoli
    3 Roast & dress the broccoli

    Meanwhile, place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 14 to 16 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl; add the lemon zest and the juice of 2 lemon wedges. Stir to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook the pork
    4 Cook the pork

    Meanwhile, pat the pork dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the Italian seasoning to coat (you may have extra). In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork. Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

    Make the pan sauce & serve your dish
    5 Make the pan sauce & serve your dish

    To the pan of reserved fond, add the butter and chopped garlic. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the foam subsides and the butter is fragrant (it should smell nutty and toasted). Add the capers and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked pork crosswise. Serve the sliced pork with the mashed potatoes and dressed broccoli. Top the pork with the pan sauce. Garnish the potatoes with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Cut off and discard the bottom 1/2 inch of the broccoli stem; cut the broccoli into small florets. Using a zester or the small side of a box grater, finely grate the lemon to get 2 teaspoons. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic.

    2 Cook & mash the potatoes

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the mascarpone and half the parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook & mash the potatoes
    Roast & dress the broccoli
    3 Roast & dress the broccoli

    Meanwhile, place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 14 to 16 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl; add the lemon zest and the juice of 2 lemon wedges. Stir to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    4 Cook the pork

    Meanwhile, pat the pork dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the Italian seasoning to coat (you may have extra). In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork. Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

    Cook the pork
    Make the pan sauce & serve your dish
    5 Make the pan sauce & serve your dish

    To the pan of reserved fond, add the butter and chopped garlic. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the foam subsides and the butter is fragrant (it should smell nutty and toasted). Add the capers and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked pork crosswise. Serve the sliced pork with the mashed potatoes and dressed broccoli. Top the pork with the pan sauce. Garnish the potatoes with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy!

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