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 –> easy lemon chicken piccata. Tender breaded chicken in a simple, flavorful sauce with a touch of tangy lemon. This recipe is on the fancy side but yet so simple and easy! This whole dish is cooked in 15 minutes using one pan and is on the table in a total of 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite pasta and don’t forget to spoon lots of luscious sauce over top. 

Why are Capers Used?

Capers are used in recipes like chicken piccata for their aromatic and tangy flavor. They add texture and a touch of acidity that pairs perfectly with chicken and fish recipes.

When using capers I recommend draining and rinsing them before adding them to the recipe – this will help soften the acidic flavors and make the dish more balanced. 

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.

What to Serve with Chicken Piccata

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 Tips for Making Easy Chicken Piccata

  • 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. 

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

5 from 2 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

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. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: 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. 

Recipe 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*
Total Fat 21.8g 34%
Cholesterol 47.2mg 16%
Sodium 242.7mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 21.1g 7%
Sugars 5g
Protein 10.1g 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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