Chicken Piccata

Cast iron skillet with two seared chicken breasts, capers, butter, and parsley

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.

Chicken Piccata Recipe

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  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • Serves 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (2 1/2 to 3 pounds total)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 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.
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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.

Simplicity and quiet elegance describe this traditional treatment of all those “white meats.” This easy-to-accomplish recipe is equally enjoyable using pork and turkey cutlets. Perfect for entertaining when time is short or for a special work-night meal at home, the ingredients are readily available and not a budget breaker. A keeper worthy of repeating.

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 one is a definite keeper. Easy to make, and the result is delicious. One comment though: If you’re watching your cholesterol, this is not the dish for you.

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.


  1. That photo looks amazing, I’m throwing this on the dinner menu next week. Its a good thing I picked up another jar of capers last week. I like that every ingredient is a staple in the kitchen. Thanks for posting!

  2. I love chicken piccata (better than veal) and this will be my new go-to recipe. It’s simple to throw together on a week night but delicious enough to serve to guests as well.

  3. Loved this recipe!! I went on vacation with my family and made it for 10. Everyone loved in fact they asked for the recipe. I added mushrooms to the dish and it was yummy! Thanks for a great meal.

    1. So glad you (and the whole family) enjoyed this dish. Nice touch adding mushrooms. Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your great experience.

  4. Just made this recipe with chicken and pork. Was pleasantly surprised that the pork came out FANTASTIC. I must admit we all actually preferred the pork. Easy enough to prepare a nice meal in less than 30 minutes.

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