Perfect Chicken Piccata


Briny capers and a tangy, fresh lemon sauce top tender pieces of breaded chicken in this easy, restaurant-quality recipe for chicken piccata. The sauce is so addicting, you'll want to drink it! Serve with pasta.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 4 (4 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • ¼ cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio

  • 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained

  • ¾ cup chicken stock

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise and lightly pound to 1/2-inch thick. Season evenly on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece in flour to coat the surface and shake off any excess flour.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just beginning to smoke. Add 1/2 of the chicken and cook, undisturbed, until browned and easily released from the skillet, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from the skillet. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the drippings and repeat the cooking process with remaining chicken. Reserve all chicken on a plate.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and melt remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Add wine and capers and stir, scraping to release any browned bits from the skillet; bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes to slightly reduce. Add chicken stock, lemon juice, and lemon zest; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Return chicken to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally in the sauce, until chicken is no longer pink in the center, the juices run clear, and the sauce has thickened slightly, 3 to 5 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat and sprinkle with parsley to serve.

    chicken breasts on pasta in a black bowl

Cook's Note:

For even easier meal prep, use chicken cutlets in place of chicken breasts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
21g Fat
19g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1268mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 29g
Potassium 375mg 8%

* 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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