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Four Classic Chicken Dishes To Try At An Italian Restaurant

Italian food is so satisfying and delicious, but sometimes, you may feel like a departure from the classic spaghetti with red sauce and pizza. Most Italian restaurants offer a variety of chicken dishes, too. Some diners steer away from these dishes because they are less familiar with the dishes. Read on to learn more about the top four chicken dishes you should try in an Italian restaurant.

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is a good choice for those who love tomato dishes but are looking for an alternative to beef meatballs and pasta. It is usually chicken breast, though sometimes bone-in chicken is used. The sauce is made with rich tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, along with mushrooms, garlic, onions, and peppers. Since the chicken is dredged in flour before being added to the sauce, the sauce takes on a nice, thick texture. 

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is a much lighter chicken dish that can be served with rice or noodles on the side. It's usually made with sliced, boneless chicken breast. The sauce is made simply from butter and olive oil, lemon juice, chicken stock, and capers. Some restaurants may add some vegetables to chicken piccata. Common additions include snap peas and asparagus, which pair beautifully with the light lemon sauce.

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is named for the Marsala wine used in the dish. It consists of pan-seared chicken, along with a thick, rich sauce made with salty prosciutto, crimini mushrooms, chicken stock, Marsala wine, unsalted butter, and parsley. Chicken Marsala is often served with noodles on the side, but some restaurants serve it with boiled potatoes for a more rustic appeal. It's a good choice if you are on a diet since the sauce does not contain as much butter or cream as some chicken dishes.

Chicken Alfredo

You may have had a chicken Alfredo dish before, but if it was not served in an Italian restaurant, it may not have been authentic. Real chicken Alfredo is very simple. Pan-seared or grilled chicken is served over a bed of pasta, and the whole dish is topped with a rich sauce made with just four ingredients: heavy cream, garlic, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Some black pepper adds a little zip to the dish. Chicken Alfredo is definitely not a health food, but it is so satisfying and rich.

If you order one of these chicken dishes, you will not be disappointed. To learn more, contact an Italian restaurant like Veneto Ristorante Italiano .