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What can I substitute for capers in chicken piccata?

asked by Karen almost 2 years ago
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added almost 2 years ago

Yes, I love Peggeen's suggestion of chopped olives, and I'm guessing that she implies green. Quick-pickled onions would be lovely, too. I have made these often enough that I keep them on hand always (I am a vegetarian, but the pickled onions are the icing on any proverbial cake) : http://food52.com/recipes...

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added almost 2 years ago

I was thinking olives, too, or chopped sun dried tomatoes. Or even anchovies (my favorite).
Or you can go in another direction; some kind of dried fruit like currants, apricots, or raisins (great with chicken).

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added almost 2 years ago

Kalamata olives since they have a strong and salty flavor similar to that of capers.

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added almost 2 years ago

I agree with the similar look and taste of chopped green olives. In a pinch I'd even mince in a sour pickle.

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ChefJune

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added almost 2 years ago

OP did not say why she wanted to sub for the capers. Curious if it is about just not having any on hand, or an aversion to the vinegary tang?

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pierino

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added almost 2 years ago

ChefJune I was about to ask the same thing. Capers don't need to be briney, in fact I vastly prefer the salt packed ones, although you do need to rinse the salt off. Using olives as a substitute I like cerignola or luques. You don't even need to pit them just let your guests know that olives have pits.

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Greenstuff

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added almost 2 years ago

All those subs sound good. You could also just leave them out and let the lemon be the major flavor.

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Pegeen

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added almost 2 years ago

Who is "OP" ? Thanks!

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added almost 2 years ago

OP = original poster

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Pegeen

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added almost 2 years ago

Thanks, nc

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Pegeen

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added almost 2 years ago

Karen, your chicken piccata dinner may have already come and gone... but in case you're still toying with ideas, I liked PazzoNico's suggestion to combine salt and sweet. Green pitted olives, some (golden) raisins and maybe sun-dried tomatoes. Garlic slivers. Lemon juice and maybe some tiny chunks of lemon pith.
Hope you have a great dinner!

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Pegeen

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added almost 2 years ago

p.s. I would also add artichoke hearts and anchovies

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Rebecca Vitale

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added almost 2 years ago

preserved lemon? i'm not sure why you would have/like that instead of caper, but i would put them in same category. also, the artichokes packed in oil i just posted would be great... same idea.

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added almost 2 years ago

Thank you for all your helpful answers!! I did not have capers on hand, so took your advice and used green olives instead and it came out great!!! My boyfriend loved it! Thanks again for all your help!