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Chicken Piccata

August 25, 2021

Chicken Piccata is one of my all time favorite dishes.  Chicken breasts are simmered in a fresh lemon caper white wine sauce. Serve this simple chicken dinner recipe dish over pasta or sauteed spinach for a new guaranteed family favorite! 

Chicken piccata was one of the first meals I learned to make out of culinary school.  I worked in an Italian restaurant during and after culinary school, and I got to learn from chefs with true Italian roots. It was such an amazing experience, and I want to go back all the time.

What Is in Chicken Piccata sauce?

Piccata is a traditional Italian dish.  Piccata is a dish that includes meat, usually veal or chicken, that is sliced thin, dredged in flour, then cooked in a delicious white wine sauce with lemon juice, butter, and capers! I add a little garlic and chicken stock to mine as well!

This chicken piccata is typically served over pasta, such as a spaghetti or linguine. It can also be served over top of spinach, or alongside steamed broccoli!

How to Make Chicken Piccata

close up overhead shot of Chicken piccata garnished with lemon slices, basil and parsley in a cast iron pan.

The meat is dredged, or coated in flour, before cooking it. Dredging with flour is often one of the steps in the standard breading procedure, which is the step prior to sautéeing or deep-frying.

After the chicken is seared on both sides, a delicious piccata sauce is added, made from lemon juice, a little chicken stock and white wine.  Added to that are capers, butter, and other delicious herbs that make this sauce to die for.

This sauce is reduced to enhance all the amazing flavors of the piccata sauce. It’s a sauce that I want to eat with a spoon! 

How To Sear Chicken

The first step to making this easy chicken piccata is pounding the chicken breasts until they are an even thickness. I like to use a mallet or meat tenderizer, but I’ve used a wine bottle in a pinch! If your chicken breasts aren’t already sliced thin, cut them in half. Sear the chicken breasts on both sides to brown the outside. Because they are sliced thin, they’ll only need a few minutes.

lightly floured chicken breasts in saute pan

How to make a piccata sauce

Once the chicken has been seared, remove it from the pan to a plate and set aside while you make the sauce.

Next, add two tablespoons of butter and another 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the same pan that you cooked the chicken in. You’ll want to incorporate all the brown bits and flavor of that chicken into the sauce. To the butter and oil, add the shallots and cook until almost translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute, making sure not to burn. 

Next, you’ll create a roux by adding the flour and mixing it well with the fat, adding more oil if needed. 

What is a roux?

A roux is a combination of equal parts flour and fat, in this case, oil and butter. When you make a roux and cook it for long enough, the flour will brown adding great flavor to your piccata sauce!

Cook until the flour has browned, and then deglaze the pan with white wine. Deglazing is a fancy word for pouring cold liquid into a very hot pan to get up all the brown bits stuck to the bottom.

Chicken stock for piccata sauce being poured into saute pan on stove.

Then by using a whisk, incorporate the liquid into the flour mix until there are no lumps.  Add chicken broth and continue to whisk until everything is incorporated.

Lastly, add the lemon juice and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Make sure you taste the sauce and season as needed with salt and pepper!

Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes, letting the chicken soak up all those delicious flavors from the sauce!

What should you serve with this dish?

Chicken piccata garnished with lemon slices, basil and parsley in a cast iron pan.

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Chicken Piccata

Chicken breasts simmered in a fresh lemon caper white wine sauce. 

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

Scale

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine

1 tbl flour

1 small shallot, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper

3 tbl capers

The juice of one lemon, or 1/4 cup lemon juice

8 oz linguine, cooked

Olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to warm plate.
  2. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. Into the pan add the shallots and cook until almost translucent. Add the garlic and cook about a minute, making sure not to burn.  Add the flour and mix well with the fat, adding more if needed.  Cook for one minute.
  3. Deglaze the pan with white wine, using a whisk, incorporate the liquid into the flour mix until there are no lumps.  Add chicken broth
  4. Add the lemon juice and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor.  Season as needed with salt and pepper
  5. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with linguine, pour sauce over chicken and pasta and garnish with basil if desired.

Keywords: chicken; piccata

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15 Comments

  • Reply telefonosandroid April 6, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Great recipe here. I’ve done this with coconut oil and cocoa powder but it didn’t come out quite as well. I also tried it with 95% cacao chocolate and only 3 tbl of sweetener and it was perfect too. The chip secret is next. Thanks!

  • Reply Adriana Lopez Martin April 16, 2018 at 7:01 am

    I enjoy a lot chicken piccata have not made it for a long time. You just inpsired me to cook this again for my family thanks!

  • Reply Allison Hanson April 19, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    This is one of my favorite dishes! The flavors are so perfect together.

  • Reply Eileen April 20, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Chicken Piccata is one of my favorite recipes. The Austerity wine sounds amazing and would be great with so many recipes.

  • Reply Arjhon Canoy April 20, 2018 at 4:24 am

    We made this Last night… so delicious and flavourful. from now on, this is one of our favorite chicken recipes

    • Reply Nicole Triebe April 20, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s one of mine too

  • Reply Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness April 20, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I love any chicken meal. This looks right up my alley! Also, the wine sounds awesome!

  • Reply Honey @ The Girl Next Shore April 22, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Oh wow this looks so easy to make and perfect for weeknight dindin! Will definitely keep this recipe for future use!

  • Reply Kacie Morgan April 22, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This looks so good – and relatively healthy, too! I adore capers in food – they add a lovely flavour that just gives that added edge!

  • Reply Renee February 3, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    This is a favorite in our house. I first made it years ago for my (now) husband when we started dating. He still says it is his favorite dish I make and requests it regularly. My parents also request it every time they are in town. It’s a go-to for guests as well. Thanks for making me look like a good cook, Nicole!

  • Reply veenaazmanov May 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Perfect flavors and perfect presentation. My family is going to love it for sure.

  • Reply Patty at Spoonabilities May 15, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Chicken piccata is my favorite! Your recipe is wonderful – so easy to follow and all the flavors! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Irina May 15, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    What a great chicken meal it is! I was looking for something new to give a try, and here we go! Making it for our lunch today.

  • Reply Caitlyn Erhardt May 15, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    So simple to follow along and the whole family love it!

  • Reply Cookilicious May 16, 2020 at 12:01 am

    That looks so good and appetizing..

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