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Lemon Chicken Piccata

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Lemon chicken piccata is a fresh, light, and flavorful chicken dinner that couldn’t be more delicious. Seared chicken breasts are smothered in a lemon, white wine, butter, and caper sauce.

This twist on a classic chicken piccata recipe adds some amazing flavor with the additions of parmesan cheese and garlic. Serve chicken piccata over pasta, rice, or roasted potatoes for the perfect Italian dinner

Lemon chicken piccata in a cast iron serving dish.

What Is Chicken Piccata?

Piccata is a common dish in Italian cuisine. It refers to the process of cooking, not the dish itself. Piccata is meat sliced into thin medallions, dredged in flour, then seared and served in a sauce containing butter, lemon, capers, and often white wine. 

The most common meats used for piccata are:

  • Veal (one of my favorites, veal is most common in Italy)
  • Chicken (most popular in the United States)
  • Pork
  • White fish 
  • Cauliflower (a common vegetarian option)

How To Make Chicken Piccata

Lemon chicken piccata is an easy, one pan meal and takes just 30 minutes from start to finish.

Begin with the chicken:

  1. Butterfly the chicken by slicing the chicken lengthwise to create 2 thin medallions. If chicken is still uneven, use a meat mallet to pound them to between 1/4″ and 1/2″ thickness.
  2. Add flour, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to a shallow dish. Dredge each chicken piece in flour, shaking off excess.
  3. Heat a saucepan over medium high heat with olive oil and butter (if you haven’t seared in butter before, you’re in for a treat). 
  4. Sear each chicken piece for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden and fully cooked. Remove to keep warm while the sauce is made. 

A spoon drizzling lemon sauce over chicken piccata.

 

Now for the chicken piccata sauce:

  1. Reduce the heat to medium. Add butter and garlic, then cook for about a minute or until the garlic really starts to smell great. 
  2. Add the flour to make a roux. Make sure you cook the roux for about a minute – this gets rid of the floury, starchy taste and replaces it with a nutty flavor.
  3. Slowly whisk in chicken broth, ensuring no lumps form in the sauce. Then add lemon juice, capers, and white wine. 
  4. Cook for about 5-10 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add fresh chopped parsley for some color, and return chicken to the pan to coat it. 

The Best Wine For Chicken Piccata

When cooking, always air on the dry side of wine selection. I usually go for a pinot grigio (which is also my white wine of choice), and look for something in the $10 range. 

Sauvignon blanc and chardonnay do work for cooking, but I have always preferred pinot grigio. 

For lemon chicken piccata, look for a dry white wine with hints of citrus – specifically lemon!  

My Favorite Chicken Piccata Sides

You definitely need a side dish with lemon chicken piccata to soak up all of the delicious chicken piccata sauce.

We love serving chicken piccata over pasta such as linguine, spaghetti, and penne. Rice is also a delicious option! 

Chicken piccata is such a buttery, rich dish, so don’t go too crazy with the sides. A simple tossed salad caesar salad, mashed potatoes, or oven roasted potatoes will work perfectly! 

Some quick dinner rolls are a great option to sop up whatever is left on your plate! 

A spoon drizzling sauce over lemon chicken piccata in a pan.

Reheating Chicken Piccata

Leftovers? Chicken piccata is a fresh, light dish that tastes the best right away, but the leftovers are still absolutely mouth watering.

Make sure you wrap the leftovers up and store them in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking. Chicken piccata will last about 3 days in the fridge once cooked.

When reheating, whisk a little chicken broth into the sauce to thin it out a bit. The sauce thickens when cooled, but a slash is all you need! 

More Easy Chicken Dinners

Lemon Chicken Piccata

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Bailey
Seared chicken breasts simmered in a buttery, lemony, white wine sauce with capers.
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Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Piccata Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice fresh
  • 3 tablespoons capers rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Combine flour, lemon zest, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing them in half to create two thin chicken pieces. If chicken breasts are still uneven, pound with a meat mallet. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  • Heat oil and butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Once hot, sear chicken for 4 minutes on each side or until golden and fully cooked. Remove from pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add butter and garlic, then cook until garlic is fragrant. Add flour and stir to create a roux, then cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in chicken broth, then white wine, lemon juice, and capers. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in parsley, then add chicken back to the pan to reheat and be coated. Serve immediately.

Notes

For wine, a dry pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc works best. 
Serve over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. 
Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 746IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

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