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35-Minute Chicken Piccata Recipe

35-Minute Chicken Piccata Recipe comes together so easily for an unforgettable taste experience right at home!

This is an easy chicken piccata that will rival your favorite Italian-American restaurant dish any day making this popular dish at home takes just a few simple fresh ingredients and it’s all done in one pan!

 

A close up of Chicken Piccata recipe, a sauce pouring over chicken breast.

Not only is the dish easy to make but it’s even easier to clean up!

We pan-sear the chicken cutlets until nice and brown then smother them in a sauce made from broth, white wine, and lemon juice cooked in the same skillet as the chicken.

It’s served garnished with fresh parsley and briny little capers for a tangy, zesty, and juicy dish with so much flavor!

This is a recipe for chicken piccata that is simple, elegant, and perfect for sharing with loved ones on special occasions and casual dinners during the busy week.

You can serve it with all kinds of different side dishes from spaghetti to mashed potatoes making it possible to enjoy it just the way you like it!

Chicken Piccata close up shot of pan seared chicken breast with capers and lemon sauce.

Ingredients Needed for this Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe

  • Chicken: This dish is traditionally made with skinless boneless chicken cutlets. The breasts we buy will usually need to be thinned out (you can also buy them already butterflied), so slice them vertically in half.
  • Flour: Used to dredge the chicken to give it a good coating which helps to turn it golden and crispy on the outside.
  • Salt & pepper: A bit of seasoning on the breast is all it needs. The sauce delivers so much flavor that the chicken doesn’t need much.
  • Butter & olive oil: We’re dividing the both, so we’ll use some to sear the chicken and the rest to sauté the garlic and onion.
  • Onion & garlic: Cooked in the rest of the butter, these aromatics are the first layer of flavor in the sauce. So good!
  • For the sauce: Dry white wine, chicken broth, freshly squeezed lemon. Use any dry wine you have on hand. I prefer a chardonnay, but you can also use a pinot grigio or Riesling if preferred.
  • Garnish: Capers and herbs like chives or flat-leaf chopped parsley.

 

Chicken breast inside a plate filled with flour.How to Make Chicken Piccata

Step 1: You want thin cutlets, so even after slicing your chicken breast in half crosswise, you may need to pound it a bit. Place the pieces between two pieces of plastic wrap and use a meat mallet or rolling pin to gently pound it to your desired thinness.

Step 2: Season the breasts with salt and butter on both sides then dredge the chicken breast in flour. Shake off the excess flour and add the piece to the heated butter and oil in the skillet. Cook for 4 minutes on both sides until the chicken is cooked through.

Seared chicken breast inside the skillet.

Step 3: Add as many cutlets to the pan that can fit, without overcrowding. You may need to work in batches. Once cooked through, transfer the chicken to a plate.

Sautéed onion and garlic inside the skillet.

Step 4: Add the rest of the butter and oil then toss in the chopped onion to sauté for 3 minutes. Stir a few times to avoid burning. Next, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

White white wine pouring out into a skillet with sautéed onion and garlic.

Step 5: Pour in the white wine and bring it to a boil. Scrape the bottom of the skillet to loosen up the brown bits at the bottom. This will help flavor the sauce. Stir frequently and allow it to boil until the alcohol evaporates.

A skillet with Chicken Piccata sauce.

Step 6: Make a slurry in a small bowl with the flour and a few teaspoons of the chicken broth. Mix until smooth with no lumps. Add it to the skillet and bring it to a boil once more and cook for 3 minutes. Stir occasionally.

35-Minute Chicken Piccata Recipe

Step 7: Add in the lemon juice and return the chicken to the skillet. Sprinkle capers and chopped herbs. Serve warm with mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta. Enjoy!

 

Recipe Tips

  • No need to go and buy expensive wine. Use what you have, or if you are buying, pick something cheap! Unless of course, you’ll want to enjoy a glass as you cook. But seriously, it cooks off and we’re using it for flavor, so need to go all out.
  • If you prefer not to use wine, replace it with all chicken broth.
  • You can clean the skillet once you’re done cooking the chicken if you would rather not see the brown bottom bits in the white sauce. It’s up to you!
  • For a little extra flavor on the outside of the chicken, you can use a bit of Parmesan in the flour.
  • Use a different cut of chicken if that’s what you have. Keep in mind, anything with bone-in will have a longer cooking time. It just means it won’t be as fast to make, but it will still taste great.
  • Cook in batches. You don’t want to overcrowd the skillet otherwise it won’t sear and brown with a nice crust. It will steam instead and we don’t want that.
  • Slice the chicken breasts in half using a sharp knife for an easier time. Slicing them when they are still a bit frozen can also help.

 

What to Serve with Chicken Piccata Recipe

This pairs well with any type of medium or long pasta. Serve it with spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, angel hair pasta, fusilli, penne, or rigatoni. You name it, it works!

I also like it with a creamy risotto on occasion.

For a busy weeknight dinner, we like to have it with a potato side dish. Usually, it’s cheesy mashed potatoes with caramelized onion or Instant Pot mashed potatoes, but sometimes I get the request for roast potatoes with garlic and rosemary and a delicious tossed salad.

 

FAQs

Do I need to dredge the chicken in flour first?

I highly recommend it. It not only adds flavor because of the brown sear, but it’s what helps to thicken the sauce and allows the sauce to coat it nicely and stick to it!

 

Can I use lemon juice from a bottle?

Nah. I mean you could, but I don’t suggest it. Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds brightness and a lovely lemony flavor you just can’t get from a bottle.

This recipe doesn’t have very many ingredients, so why not use the freshest of everything?!

 

What can I use in place of capers?

Since capers are little green things that look like peas that deliver a slightly salty, briny flavor, you can swap them with chopped green olives.

Capers are a signature part of this dish, but they aren’t for everyone!

 

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35 Minute Chicken Piccata Recipe

Love Keil
35 Minute Chicken Piccata Recipe - made of pounded chicken breast, freshly squeezed lemon juice, garlic, onion, capers and white wine sauce. It's Ridiculously Delicious!!!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner Recipe
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 288 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 skinless boneless chicken breast sliced vertically, pounded
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour + 1 teaspoon for the sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine like Chardonnay
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • capers for garnish, drained
  • chives or flat-leaf parsley chopped, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet, on the medium/high heat. Season pounded chicken breasts with salt and pepper, on both sides. Dredge chicken breast in 1/3 cup flour then add chicken to the skillet.
    Chicken breast inside a plate filled with flour.
  • Cook 4 minutes of both sides or until chicken is cooked thru. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
    Seared chicken breast inside the skillet.
  • Add the rest of the butter and oil to the skillet. Add chopped onion and saute for 3 minutes, stirring few times. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute. Pour in 1/2 cup dry white wine and bring it to the boil. Let it boil until wine evaporates, stirring frequently.
    White white wine pouring out into a skillet with sautéed onion and garlic.
  • Place 1 teaspoon flour into a small mixing bowl. Add few teaspoons of chicken broth and mix until smooth and no lumps.
    A skillet with Chicken Piccata sauce.
  • Stir in flour mixture and chicken broth into the skillet. Bring it to a boil and cook for 3 minutes, stirring continually. Mix in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
    A skillet with Chicken Piccata sauce and a lemon juice on the side.
  • Return chicken to the skillet, sprinkle capers and chopped chives or parley. Serve warm with mashed potatoes, rice or pasta. Enjoy!
    35-Minute Chicken Piccata Recipe

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Nutrition

Calories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 20gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 364mgPotassium: 404mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 203IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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19 Comments

  1. Is there something I can use to substitute the white wine? Would I just use broth? TIA!

  2. Jacque Hastert

    5 stars
    I love how quickly this comes onto the table! I think this is perfect for date nights or any night of the week. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Renee Goerger

    5 stars
    I’m crazy for capers and this chicken piccata recipe is my go-to for an easy weeknight dinner!

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  5. 5 stars
    I love how fresh and comforting this meal is all at once! It’s also easy enough for me to make which is a huge pro! Delicious!

  6. Nellie Tracy

    5 stars
    This is such a great chicken recipe! Love it for weeknight dinners!

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  9. Can I just skip to Step 7 and eat your scrumptious chicken dinner? Oh my goodness, this looks heavenly!

  10. I love that this recipe doesn’t require much prep time and turns out so delicious ????.

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