Chicken Piccata


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Chicken Piccata is one of my all time favorite dishes. Tender chicken breasts are dredged in a lemon pepper flour and seared until golden. The chicken is then simmered in a fresh lemon caper white wine sauce. Serve this easy (yet seemingly fancy) dish over pasta or mashed potatoes to impress your family and friends!

Add in a side salad and a loaf of crusty bread for the perfect meal.

chicken piccata with lemon and capers in a pan ready to serve

Easy Italian Meals at Home

We love going out to eat and Italian is one of my all time favorite choices. From Chicken Parmesan or a hearty pappardelle topped with  bolognese to the bread and fresh olive oils, I just can’t resist (and of course don’t even get me started with Eggplant Parmesan). 

Being able to make restaurant quality meals at home means I don’t have to sacrifice the meals I love while saving money (let’s keep it real, while staying in my pajamas). Cue, this easy chicken piccata recipe, it is a win-win!

What Is Chicken Piccata?

Chicken Piccata (or any piccata such as veal piccata) is a dish that features meat pounded thin and topped with a buttery lemon caper sauce.

Similar to my Lemon Shrimp Linguine, this lemon chicken piccata is usually served over pasta and I prefer a thinner pasta such as angel hair or a light linguine as its a delicate dish. It also goes great with Oven Roasted Potatoes  and a side of baked zucchini or steamed broccoli!

chicken piccata with lemon and capers served over linguine

How to Make Chicken Piccata

The meat is dredged in flour then added to a easy piccata sauce made from lemon and white wine that is packed full of  full of capers, butter, and other delicious ingredients.

This sauce is reduced to bring out the best flavors from the broth, white wine, garlic, butter, and capers. It creates a light but silky sauce with a flavor punch you won’t be able to resist!

How To Sear Chicken

To make this easy chicken piccata, begin by pounding the chicken breasts until they are even (so the fatter side cooks at the same rate as the thinner end).  I like to use a meat tenderizer, but the back of a sturdy cup or rolling pin also work in a pinch.  Feel free to cut them in half if your chicken breasts are large. Sear the chicken breasts on both sides to brown the outside. Because they are thin, they’ll only need a few minutes.

How To Make Chicken Piccata Sauce:

To make this easy chicken piccata sauce:

  • Cook butter and flour to make a roux.
  • Add broth, lemon juice, white wine and capers. Reduce for a few minutes.
  • Add chicken and parsley and heat through.

Piccata sauce is so easy to make yet has tons of flavor and is great over pasta!

chicken piccata sauce poured over searched chicken with lemon and capers

What to Serve With Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is a great dish with a delicious buttery sauce so we serve it over any starchy carb (or of course Zucchini Noodles or Cauliflower Rice if you’re a low-carber). We love noodles, especially the pasta found in the refrigerator area of our grocery store (since it’s so easy and fast).

Alongside most pasta dishes like (Baked Spaghetti) we always add bread or buns to sop up any sauce and of course a fresh Italian salad or Caesar Salad.

If you’ve got leftovers, piccata can be reheated in the microwave or placed in a small pan with a lid and cooked on low until heated through.

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4.95 from 20 votes
Review Recipe

Chicken Piccata

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Chicken, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Chicken piccata features chicken breasts simmered in a delicious caper and lemon white wine sauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts pounded to about 1/2 inch thick or cut in half crosswise
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil more as needed
  • salt & pepper to taste
Sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 lemon juiced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons capers drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

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Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in flour mixture

  2. Heat olive oil over medium high heat and cook chicken about 4-5 minutes per side or until just until cooked through. Cook in batches if you cannot fit into pan.  Remove from pan and place in a dish to keep warm.

  3. In the same pan, melt 1/4 cup butter and add flour to create a roux. Whisk until smooth. Cook 1-2 minutes.

  4. Gradually stir in chicken broth whisking after each addition until smooth.

  5. Add lemon juice, white wine and capers. Simmer 3 minutes, whisking occasionally. 

  6. Add chicken back to pan and simmer 2-3 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve over pasta.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 439, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 174mg, Sodium: 494mg, Potassium: 965mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 50g, Vitamin A: 760%, Vitamin C: 14.3%, Calcium: 23%, Iron: 1.8%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword caper, chicken piccata, lemon, white wine sauce

 

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  1. If I would to make this again I would use less flour for the sauce as it was thicker than I like and more lemon juice. I used a whole lemon for the juice, but depending on size of the lemon would depend, it was about 1 1/2TBS as the recipe calls for.

  2. MADE THIS LAST NIGHT, IT WAS SOOOOO DELICIOUS,BURSTING WITH FLAVOR. MY FAMILY’S NEW FAVORITE CHICKEN DISH. IT WAS EASY PEASY. I QUICKLY RINSED THE CAPERS BEFORE ADDING. SO PLEASED I CAME ACROSS YOUR SITE!
    THANK YOU!

  3. Hate to sound stupid but how many pounds of chicken breast. I’ve seen them small, medium, large, and extra large. Giving me “4 chicken breast” doesn’t help me. Your recipe sounds great and I do want to try it.
    -Kerry

    1. Hi Kerry, that’s a great question! We used medium-large size chicken breasts and depending on the thickness you are going to cut them in half crosswise or pound them out to be about 1/2 inch thick to allow them to cook properly in this dish! Good luck!

    1. It will change the flavor slightly Marilyn, but you definitely can and it should still be delicious!

  4. I’m eating this as I’m writing this review.
    This is absolutely delicious.
    My husband loves it as well.
    I doubled the sauce because I love a saucy sauce, if that makes any sense, lol, and used lemon pepper seasoning in the dredge mixture as well.
    Made mashed potatoes with it and it’s absolutely delicious!!
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!

  5. Very easy and delicious! I doubled the sauce and served over angel hair pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese

  6. Made this for dinner tonight for a belated Mother’s Day Dinner for myself. It was amazing. One thing I added was that I used Lemon Pepper and a little additional salt on the cutlets before I dredged them because I think I never add enough salt and pepper to the dredge. Even the daughter liked it! That’s a bonus!

  7. Made this for dinner tonight for a belated Mother’s Day Dinner for myself. It was amazing. One thing I added was that I used Lemon Pepper and a little additional salt on the cutlets before I dredged them because I think I never add enough salt and pepper to the dredge. Even the daughter liked it! That’s a bonus!

  8. Love a really good, simple and delicious chicken dish! And you in process shots make this sound so easy! Thanks so much for sharing :).

  9. This chicken has all of it. From the lovely flavors to a juicy texture. I love how easy you’ve kept it yet so much flavor.. Looks simply delicious

  10. Your pictures are beautiful! Chicken piccata is on our dinner rotation but mine never looks this photogenic. Just lovely!

  11. I get tired of chicken pretty quickly but I love it in a variety of recipes. Having a good recipe with different sauces totally transforms otherwise boring chicken. This one is a classic that I love!

    1. We totally agree Jessica! Making a delicious sauce adds sooo much flavor and variety to cooking!

  12. I’m really loving how fancy this looks for how easy it seems to prepare! Such an impressive dish with so little work — perfect for a special party or family dinner!

  13. Chicken piccata is one of my favorites! With the parsley and lemon, I love how fresh this chicken tastes. Thanks for a delicious and easy recipe!

  14. Chicken and lemons with wine and piccata – yes please! I love everything about this dish and can’t tell how much I would love to eat chicken piccata right away. Looks absolutely perfect dinner for my family

  15. Now I’m drooling! You can’t go wrong with wine, butter and lemon with pasta. Chicken piccata here I come!

  16. Oh chicken and lemons, yes please! I have never had this particular version with capers, but simple chicken in a lemon and butter sauce is one of my favourite lazy meals.

  17. This is one of my favorite dishes to order when in a restaurant yet I’ve never made it at home. I love the lemon butter caper sauce! We actually run out of capers in this house. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  18. What a fabulous looking dish! I love using capers and can see them here in your recipe which makes me an immediate fan. Great, can’t wait to give it a go, thanks!

  19. I made a dish similar to this at Easter. It was so delicious. Mine did not have the wine, but this is my next version for sure. You can never go wrong with a delicious chicken dish.

    1. We agree, you can never go wrong with that! We hope you enjoy this version, we think the wine adds a delicious little something!

  20. Amazingly Delish! My family loved it. Served it over angel hair pasta. Next time I’m going to increase the sauce.

  21. Very delicious recipe, will definitely make this again. I did add some garlic powder to the dredging mix and cut the butter in half on the sauce.

    1. Capers are quite salty/briney in flavor so you could certainly add some green (or kalamata) olives in place. If it’s more the texture he doesn’t prefer, you could also try adding a bit of caper juice to the sauce. If not you could leave them out and enjoy it as a white wine lemon chicken dish! Let us know how it goes!

  22. Hi Holly, had me sold when you mentioned capers, on my to make and taste list, I will return with a review (I am sure it will be 10 stars).