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Golden chicken piccata served with lemon caper sauce in a white oval serving dish with fresh lemon slices.
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Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata combines juicy crusted chicken cutlets with a bright lemon, garlic butter, and caper sauce for an exciting weeknight meal!
Author Diana
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 chicken breasts skinless and boneless about a pound and half in total (650g)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper divided
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup shredded or grated parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • ¾ cup dry white wine use non expensive wine
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons capers in brine drained
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Cut each chicken breast in half vertically. This will leave you with 2 pieces – one will be thinner, which is already a perfect cutlet size. Take the thicker piece and cut it in half horizontally into 2 thinner pieces. You should have 3 pieces altogether.
  • Place the chicken pieces on a cutting board and cover them with a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Using a meat tenderizer, pound the chicken until it’s ½ cm or ¼ inch thickness.
  • Drizzle the cutlets with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Combine flour, parmesan, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl and place each piece of chicken into the flour, turn to coat and then shake off any excess.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in the skillet over medium-high heat and cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes and then flip over and continue cooking until golden brown. Cook in batches and do not overcrowd the pan. Remove the cutlets from the skillet onto a plate.
  • Add wine (or chicken stock) to the skillet and cook until it reduces in half. While the wine is simmering, scrape off any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. They add lots of flavor! Add lemon, garlic, and remaining butter and cook gently until the sauce emulsifies.
  • Add in the capers and parsley and stir before removing from the heat. Season your chicken piccata to taste.



  • Don’t overcrowd the pan: Cook the chicken cutlets in batches. If you overcrowd the pan, the chicken will steam rather than pan-fry and you won’t get that beautiful golden color on your crust.
  • If doubling the batch or cooking for a crowd: Hold the cooked chicken in a warm oven until you’re ready to serve.
  • Storing: Enjoy leftovers for up to 3 days. Keep everything stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Freezing: Once completely cooled, store in an airtight freezer-friendly container or Ziploc bag and keep it frozen for up to 3 months.


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 1048mg | Potassium: 698mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 374IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg