Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata Meatballs

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata Meatballs are outrageously good! This sauce is luscious and creamy but not too rich, with the subtle zing of lemon and pops of capers providing a beautiful freshness. Combined with plump juicy chicken meatballs, this gives the classic chicken piccata a serious run for its money!

Serve this easy chicken meatball recipe with Homemade Garlic Bread and an Easy Italian Salad for the perfect meal!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata Meatballs in a pot with a spoon

A Favorite Reinvented

I love putting creative spins on favorites, and this is my creamy meatball version of the classic Chicken Piccata. And I have a theory that everything is better in a mini form…and who doesn’t love a good meatball recipe?

This idea came to me one evening as I stared at a packet of ground chicken and was completely uninspired. This “happens” to food bloggers all the time. When you’ve been cooking all day on the job, it comes to dinner time and all the creative juices have been sucked out of you.

My fruit bowl was dismally scant, and the only thing of any interest in it was a lemon.

And that’s all it took.

Just a lemon. Well, and some cream. :-) But it was that single lemon that inspired this recipe!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata Meatballs on a bed of noodles with a fork

How to Make Lemon Cream Sauce

This recipe is made with pantry staples. Though cream may not be a pantry staple to some – and it’s not for me – the beauty of this recipe is that it’s still super made with milk. YES, you can make this with just milk, no cream. :-) It’s healthier and still super tasty, the sauce just isn’t as rich.

The base recipe I’m sharing today is made with cream, though I’ve shared my tips for making this with milk in the notes. And yes, this sauce is a bit indulgent. But that lemon…that fresh burst of lemon is everything! The flavor of this sauce is going to blow you away. :-)

I call this a Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata Meatballs because I happened to have capers on that evening I made it. I really like the extra pops of freshness they bring to the sauce. But you can totally skip it, it’s not essential.

This recipe makes plenty of sauce, ideal for tossing through pasta. DELICIOUS!!!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata Meatballs in a pan with lemon wedges

I use chicken for the meatballs in this recipe but it’s also great with turkey meatballs.

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata Meatballs in a pot with a spoon
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Review Recipe

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 -5 servings
Author Nagi
A creamy meatball version of the classic Chicken Piccata! The sauce is so good, you’ll want it on tap!



  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ – ⅓ cup lemon juice adjust to taste
  • ¼ cup capers drained
  • Salt and pepper

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  • Place Meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. If it’s too wet to form balls, add a touch of extra breadcrumbs or refrigerate.
  • Scoop up a heaped tablespoon and with slightly wet hands, roll into balls.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add half the meatballs and cook for 4 minutes, browning all over but still raw inside. Remove onto a plate, repeat with remaining meatballs.
  • Wipe skillet clean with paper towel. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Melt butter in skillet, then add flour. Mix and cook for 1 minute, then add lemon juice, chicken broth and cream.
  • Bring to simmer then add meatballs. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens and meatballs are cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Stir through parsley and capers. I like serving this with pasta with more parmesan cheese!

Recipe Notes

 To make this with milk instead of cream, just add an extra 1 tablespoon of flour into the butter, plus add 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan into the sauce. This will thicken the sauce nicely, it will taste fantastic and is a healthier option!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 640, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 49g, Saturated Fat: 25g, Cholesterol: 253mg, Sodium: 1042mg, Potassium: 774mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1640IU, Vitamin C: 11.1mg, Calcium: 246mg, Iron: 2.8mg

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

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian

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About the author


Nagi is the voice, cook and photographer behind RecipeTin Eats, [Australia’s top food blog]. She believes that anyone can make amazing food with everyday ingredients, even if you’re short on time and cost conscious.

Nagi walked away from a corporate career to follow her passion for food. She truly believes that great food brings family and friends together, and more smiles into your life. She also firmly believes that whoever invented cheese deserves a Nobel Prize.

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  1. I made the piccata meatballs and they were a hit. I made them into meatball sliders as an appetizer platter. Everyone wanted the recipe.