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Chicken Piccata

This easy chicken piccata recipe's lemon-caper sauce is an Italian classic that can be made in just 20 minutes, making it everyone's favorite dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 381 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth or white wine, or a combination of both
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Slice the lemon in half, juice one half, then cut the other half into 1/8" slices and set aside. 

  2. Trim any excess fat from the chicken breasts and slice in half lengthwise. Season both sides of the chicken breasts evenly with the kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper then dredge each breast in the flour, shaking off any excess. 

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons butter with the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 pieces of the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter or sheet pan and cover with foil. Continue with the remaining chicken. 

  4. Reduce the heat to medium and add the chicken broth or wine (or 1/2 cup of both) the lemon juice, sliced lemons, and the capers, scraping up the browned bits on the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter until melted. Taste for seasoning and spoon the sauce over the chicken breasts. Serve with mashed potatoes or cauliflower, polenta, or noodles. 

Recipe Notes

Keep the cooked chicken breasts warm while the sauce cooks by plating on a platter and covering with aluminum foil, or place in a 200°F oven. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Piccata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 1180mg51%
Potassium 724mg21%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 20.5mg25%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.