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Buca di Beppo Chicken Limone copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Buca di Beppo Chicken Limone


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Menu Description: "Chicken breasts lightly sauteed and topped with lemon butter sauce and capers."

Buca di Beppo's most popular chicken dish was deliciously simple to reverse-engineer: I asked the server to check on what kind of dairy is used in the sauce and whether or not white wine is cooked into it. After getting the information I needed, I ordered the dish to go with the sauce on the side and got to work back in the lab. Several versions hit the sink as I successfully experimented with various amounts of wine, butter, and cream.  It was only after I decided to chill the sauce that I got the information that I needed to create this Buca Di Beppo Chicken Limone copycat recipe. The sauce formed a firm solid in the fridge, which indicated that I needed a lot more butter than first estimated. I made the proper adjustments and the sauce that sat in my pan was a perfect match that could surely stand up to a blindfolded taste test. The rest of the secret technique required pounding the chicken breasts until thin. This tenderized the chicken and made each piece the same size as the original. A quick sauté later, I was arranging the chicken on a serving platter, adding capers, spooning on plenty of sauce, and I had before me a beautiful culinary Buca Di Beppo copycat recipe indistinguishable from the popular menu pick.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
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Taylor Haigler
Feb 22, 2021, 05:56

Omg this is THE recipe. If you like Buca for its chicken limone, this is the recipe that actually tastes like it. I have tried a dozen recipes trying to replicate chicken limone but this is finally it. I personally add extra lemon by the 1/4 teaspoon until it’s to my described flavor because the chicken from buca is a little bland normally and I like more lemony flavor. This is perfect!!

Lindsay Reddy
Nov 25, 2014, 22:00

Tastes EXACTLY like Buca's Limone chicken! Easy recipe to follow and has become a family favorite! Yum!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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