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Chicken Piccata
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Chicken Piccata is a bright, light, quick and easy dinner to prepare. It's perfect for a family weeknight meal, but you can also dress it up to work as a main course for entertaining with a side vegetable or salad.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken, Quick and Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 394 kcal
  • pounds thin sliced chicken breast
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ lemon sliced
  • ½ shallot minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice about 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons capers drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. Pre-heat the oven to the lowest temperature possible – usually around 170˚ F.
  2. Slice the chicken breasts into thin fillets (if necessary) and lightly pound the pieces so they are a uniform thickness (no more than ½-inch thick). Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then lightly dredge in the flour and shake off any excess.
  3. Heat a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the olive oil and sear the chicken pieces in batches for about 1½ to 2 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and place on a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and pop it into the oven to keep warm.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium, add the lemon slices to the skillet and brown lightly. Then, add the shallots and garlic to the skillet and cook for another minute, taking care not to burn the drippings in the skillet. Add the chicken stock and simmer, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the skillet, until the liquid has reduced by half – about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the lemon juice and capers to the skillet and continue to simmer for another 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the butter to thicken the sauce. Add the parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Return the chicken and any juices from the resting plate to the pan and turn to coat all the pieces in the sauce. Serve immediately over thin spaghetti, rice or potatoes.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Piccata
Amount Per Serving (1 of 4 servings)
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 133mg44%
Sodium 519mg22%
Potassium 765mg22%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 496IU10%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.