This chicken piccata recipe is traditionally made with veal, but in real life, who serves veal very often at home? We certainly don’t. We make this chicken piccata variation all the time, and truthfully, the buttery lemon sauce and zing of the capers is just as delicious with chicken.–Bob and Melinda Blanchard
LC Winner, Winner, Chicken Piccata Dinner Note
Ever heard that little ditty, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner?” (You can see where we’re going with this…) We like to murmur it to ourselves as we’re making this recipe, except we tend to say, “Winner, winner, chicken piccata dinner.” Shrug. Have to amuse ourselves somehow.
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 25 M
- Serves 4
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 oz)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon capers, drained
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1. Cover the chicken breasts with a piece of plastic wrap and, using a meat pounder, flatten each breast to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Put the flour in a shallow bowl. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour and shake off any excess.
- 2. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil and 2 tablespoons butter. When the foaming subsides, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the chicken and brown the other side, 1 to 2 minutes. When done, remove the chicken from the pan, sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper, and set aside.
- 3. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the lemon juice and capers, scraping up any brown bits and pieces left from the chicken. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
- 4. Return the chicken to the pan, place over medium heat, and warm gently for 1 minute, turning to coat both sides with the sauce. Place the chicken on plates, spoon the sauce over the chicken, and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve immediately.
Recipe Testers Reviews
Mmmmmmm. This was absolutely fabulous. I don’t remember ever cooking this, although I have seen recipes for it over the years. All conversation stopped at the dinner table. I’d serve it to any one, at any time, on any occasion.
This was incredibly simple to make. It helps to have your lemon juice, capers, and butter measured out before starting on the chicken. My chicken took a little longer to brown than the recipe indicated, so you may have to tack on a couple of minutes. This is a well-flavored, perfect weeknight dish.
This is an easy dish to fix on a busy weeknight, especially since most ingredients can be found in a well stocked pantry. I served this with roasted carrots and a salad. Next time I make this I’ll double the sauce recipe so I can drizzle it over rice. Definitely a keeper.