Lemon Chicken Piccata

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chicken Piccata is creamy, buttery, and tangy at the same time! All the flavors combined in this savory chicken dish, make it perfect for pasta!

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Chicken Piccata Recipe

Chicken Piccata is another Italian dish that we’re adding to our roster of classic favorites. The key to the perfect one is in the sauce.

The sauce itself has the unique taste of butter and lemon – an unforgettable combination once you try it. The capers add richness to the overall meal, too.

And, we love a good chicken dish! The white meat is prepared in a way to cook it evenly and the technique itself gives more texture to the crust.

Learn how to make this dish at home with this easy recipe!

What is Chicken Piccata?

It is a kind of Italian dish made with meat that has been thinned out evenly. This ensures that it is cooked evenly, too.

The term piccata refers to that technique, not just the name of the dish. Hence, you can use this cooking method to other kinds of meat like veal, which is the more popular one in Italy.

In the US, the popular version is of white meat. This dish has the meat dredged in flour and seared. Then, the sauce is made out of the pan drippings for more flavor.

What do you need to make Chicken Piccata:

For the meat, the ingredients that you will need are the following:

  • chicken breasts
  • flour
  • parmesan
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

For the sauce, you will need the following:

  • butter
  • flour
  • chicken broth
  • lemon (juice and zest)
  • white wine
  • capers
  • parsley

How do you make Chicken Piccata:

  • Prep the meat: Butterfly the breasts. Then, place each piece in between sheets of plastic wrap and pound them until they are only a quarter of an inch thick.
  • Coat: In a bowl, prepare the flour mixture by combining all the other dry ingredients for the meat. Then, thinly coat the breasts with the flour mixture and shake off any excess.
  • Cook: In a pan, put olive oil and cook the meat for about 4 to 5 minutes per side just until cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Make the sauce: In the same pan, melt the butter and add flour. Whisk for about 1 to 2 minutes until fully combined without lumps. Then, slowly whisk in the broth until smooth. Add in the other ingredients and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Combine: Add in the cooked breasts and let everything simmer for a few more minutes. Stir in the parsley.
  • Serve: Serve over pasta and enjoy!

How to butterfly a chicken breast:

Here is a quick guide as to how you can prepare the meat in this recipe:

  • Place each breast flat on the chopping board.
  • Hold the top surface flat with one hand and hold your knife with your other hand.
  • Slice with the knife horizontally through the meat parallel to the chopping board. Do not cut all the way through by leaving a thin strip untouched.
  • Open the halves.
  • If the pieces are too big, you may halve them.

How to make chicken breast juicy?

The key to juicy and tender breasts is to cook them quick enough so that they will not dry out. And you can achieve this by making them thin, just like how we do it in this recipe!

How to Store:

  • Refrigerate: Within two hours of cooking, let it cool and transfer it into an airtight container. Refrigerate and consume within 3 days.
  • Freeze: It is better to freeze the breaded cutlets and sauce separately in freeze-proof containers if you are going to cook them later. But for freezing after cooking, let the dish cool entirely and transfer to single-portion containers before placing in the freezer. Consume within a month.
  • To reheat: You can bake them in the oven for a few minutes, or heat them up in a skillet.

Recipe Tips:

  • If the capers are too intense for your taste, soak them in water before using in this recipe to somehow tame down the briny taste.
  • Aside from serving over pasta, you can serve this with rice or bread or mashed potatoes. For low carb options, you can serve it with a side of greens, salad, or roasted veggies.
  • In tenderizing the meat, you can use a meat hammer to pound them or use a rolling pin to thin out the thick portions.
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Lemon Chicken Piccata
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 4  chicken breasts  (cut in half crosswise)
  • 1/2 cup  flour 
  • 3 tablespoons  parmesan  (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil more as needed 
  •  Salt and pepper to taste 

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter 
  • 2 tablespoons  flour 
  • 1 cup  chicken broth 
  • 1/2  lemon  (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon zest 
  • 1/2 cup  white wine  (or chicken stock)
  • 1/4  capers  (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh parsley  (chopped)

Instructions

Chicken:

  1. Start by lightly pounding the chicken and slicing it in halves horizontally, butterflying the chicken breasts open. If the breast pieces you are working with are large, you may want to cut them each into two pieces.
  2. Place the butterflied chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them with a meat hammer to 1/4-inch thickness.
  3. In a large shallow bowl combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, grated parmesan, salt, and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and set aside.
  4. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook chicken for about 4-5 minutes per side or until just until cooked through. Cook in batches if needed. Remove from pan and place into a deep dish, cover with foil to keep warm.

Sauce:

  1. In the same pan, melt the butter and add flour to create a roux, whisk until smooth. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  2. Gradually stir in chicken broth whisking until smooth.
  3. Add lemon juice, white wine, lemon zest, and capers. Simmer the mixture for 3-5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  4. Add chicken back to the pan and simmer 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in parsley and serve over pasta.
Calories: 482 Carbohydrates: 19 Protein: 52 Fat: 19 Saturated Fat: 9 Cholesterol: 178 Sodium: 644 Potassium: 960 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 620 Vitamin C: 19 Calcium: 72 Iron: 2
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Demeter

This is such a classic dish! Thanks for all of your tips to getting it right.

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Sara Welch

What a delicious looking recipe! A restaurant worthy dish, indeed! Looking forward to making this for dinner tomorrow!

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Michelle

Love chicken piccata, but as you mentioned, veal, that's my real favorite.

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Chrissie Baker

Such a great go to recipe plus I’m all over anything with lemon.

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Beth Pierce

Made this for my family and it has instantly become a new family favorite recipe! Looking forward to enjoying this again later this week!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I know for sure this would be a huge hit in my house!

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Kitty grimes

What and how much ingredients do I use in making this dish Lemon Picca

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please scroll for the recipe

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