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Chicken Piccata Recipe.
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Chicken Piccata

Make this Chicken Piccata recipe for dinner tonight. This Italian classic chicken dish is so easy to make and prepare. The chicken breast is moist and smothered in a flavorful lemon-caper sauce. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 519 kcal


  • a 12 inch-skillet


  • 4 small chicken breasts, (or use 2 large chicken breasts)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, (divided)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

Lemon-Caper Sauce

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 tbsp minced shallots
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup capers, (rinsed and drained)

To Serve:

  • chopped parsley


  • Flatten the chicken with a rolling pin if you are using small chicken breasts. If you are using large chicken breasts, butterfly and halves.
  • Dredge the chicken breasts in flour, shake off any excess flour then season with salt and black pepper.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp of oil. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add 2 pieces of chicken breast and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Remove and transfer to a plate. Repeat this process to brown the remaining chicken breasts. Set aside.
  • In the same pan, melt the butter then cook shallots for 1 minute over medium heat. Add white wine and chicken broth, deglaze the pan for 30 seconds. Add lemon juice and capers. Simmer, stir often for 2 minutes.
    Taste the sauce, adjust the seasoning with additional salt, black pepper, and extra lemon juice according to your liking.
  • Add the browned chicken back into the pan and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes (It depends on the thickness )or until the internal temperature registers at 165°F. Serve with chopped parsley.


Dry white wine: You can use any white wine that isn't sweet and with high acidities, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc.
Storing: Store the leftover chicken piccata in an airtight container. Properly store, it can last 3-4 days in the fridge or 3-4 months in the freezer.


Calories: 519kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 49gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 719mgPotassium: 896mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 439IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chicken breast with lemon-caper sauce, chicken piccata
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