Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata

A comforting classic Italian recipe. Juicy, tender Lemon Chicken Piccata that is an easy weeknight meal and done in 30 minutes! Made with simple ingredients, cooked in one pan, and has so much flavor. 

a silver pan on a white background with lemon chicken piccata and lemon slices over top.

Dinner for tonight –> Tender breaded chicken in a simple, flavorful sauce with a touch of lemon and tangy capers. This dish is dressed to impress but is beyond easy to make! It takes just 15 minutes to cook using one pan and is on the table in a total of 30 minutes. Fast and fancy! 😉

I love making this dish as a weeknight dinner or even as a date night meal at home! We love serving it up alongside some pasta noodles and vegetables. The luscious sauce created in this recipe pairs perfectly with the noodles! Simply delicious.

Shall we get started?

Ingredients You’ll Need

This recipe requires only 9 simple ingredients. Incase you don’t have everything on hand, I’ve listed additional ingredient substitutions and dietary recommendations if needed.

Chicken breasts: slice in half to create 4 cutlets.
Oil: I like using avocado or olive oil.
Lemon: for this recipe you’ll use the whole lemon – zest and juice.
Flour: use all-purpose, gluten free flour blend, or make it healthy by using oat flour.
Butter: you can use regular butter or vegan butter for a dairy-free option.
Chicken broth: I recommend using low-sodium broth and adjusting the salt to your desired taste.
Capers: make sure to drain and rinse capers before using.
Garlic: I like using fresh garlic over powder in this specific recipe because of the depth of flavor it brings to this dish.
Parsley: I recommend using fresh parsley to sprinkle over your finished dish.

What is Chicken Piccata Made Of?

The chicken cutlets are first dipped in flour and then browned. A sauce is then made of butter, the leftover flour in the pan, and chicken stock or white wine. Then topped with capers, parsley, and parmesan cheese.

This specific recipe has added lemon and a little garlic as well for an extra level of flavor!

A pan on a white counter browned in butter.

Our Favorite Ways to Serve it Up

Pasta: This recipe can be served with your favorite pasta noodles like egg noodles, spaghetti, or penne.
Vegetables: Almost any vegetable medley would go well with this recipe but I recommend roasted asparagus, broccoli, or fingerling potatoes.
You can also serve this recipe with a baked french bread or salad with a light vinaigrette.

Extra Helpful Cooking Tips

  • The sauce: to make the base of this sauce you can either use chicken broth or white wine. The end result of the sauce should be reduced and slightly thickened – if needed add 1 to 2 teaspoons of extra flour to thicken sauce.
  • Capers: before using capers in recipe, make sure they are drained and thoroughly rinsed to help balance the flavors.

It takes 9 pantry ingredients to make up this simple dish and can be enjoyed with your favorite pasta, roasted vegetables, or side salad.

Such a flavorful, easy to make chicken dinner that is impressive and so tasty! I hope you love it just as much as we do.

A close up of lemon chicken piccata in a pan with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

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A close up of lemon chicken piccata in a pan with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata

4.34 from 3 votes

A comforting classic Italian recipe. Juicy, tender Lemon Chicken Piccata that is an easy weeknight meal and done in 30 minutes! Made with simple ingredients, cooked in one pan, and has so much flavor. 

Servings 4
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Tags: easy chicken piccata, italian chicken piccata, lemon chicken piccata
Calories: 313 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Evenly sprinkle salt & pepper over chicken breasts. Add all purpose flour to a shallow bowl and dip chicken into flour on both sides - shake off access flour. 

  2. In a small bowl whisk chicken broth, lemon juice + zest, and capers together. Set aside for later.

  3. Heat olive oil and butter in a large pan. Add breaded chicken to pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side (cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken). Chicken should be browned and cooked through. Remove from pan. 

  4. In the same pan, add 1 Tablespoon of butter and minced garlic. Saute until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add chicken broth mixture to garlic - whisk ingredients together (make sure you scrape the bottom of the pan to get all the chicken flavor). Reduce sauce for about 4-5 minutes, whisk often. 

  5. Add chicken to pan with sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese. 

Notes

Tips

  • The sauce: to make the base of the sauce you can either use chicken broth or white wine. The end result of the sauce should be reduced and slightly thickened - if needed add 1 to 2 teaspoons of extra flour to thicken sauce. 
  • Capers: before using capers in recipe, make sure they are drained and thoroughly rinsed to help balance the flavors. 
  • Serve with: choose your favorite pasta to serve along with this recipe. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 196
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.8g34%
Cholesterol 47.2mg16%
Sodium 242.7mg10%
Carbohydrates 21.1g7%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10.1g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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