Quick Chicken Piccata


Chicken piccata is super quick and easy to make with pounded chicken breasts and a simple pan sauce made with capers, butter, white wine, and lemon juice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • cayenne pepper to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • all-purpose flour for dredging

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained

  • ½ cup white wine

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/4-inch slices

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of heavy plastic on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound chicken breasts with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a 1/2-inch thickness.

  2. Season both sides of chicken breasts with cayenne, salt, and black pepper; dredge lightly in flour and shake off any excess.

    Overhead of chicken breasts on baking sheets getting seasoned and dredge in flour with a bowl of flour off to the side.

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  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the pan, reduce heat to medium, and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side; transfer to a plate.

    Overhead of chicken getting cooked in a skillet.

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  4. Cook capers in reserved oil, smashing them lightly to release brine, until warmed through, about 30 seconds. Pour white wine into the skillet and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

    Overhead of capers being cooked in a skillet.

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  5. Stir lemon juice, water, and butter into the reduced wine mixture; cook and stir continuously to form a thick sauce, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir parsley through the sauce.

    Overhead of capers, wine, herbs and seasonings cooking in a skillet to make a sauce.

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  6. Return chicken breasts to the pan and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with sauce spooned over the top.

    looking down at a few pieces of chicken piccata in a skillet


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

321 Calories
18g Fat
8g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 259mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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