Serve this impressive Italian classic dish at your next dinner party and WoW! your guests. This is a simple recipe that provides maximum flavor from the tart lemon-butter sauce.
Lemon chicken piccata is an easy recipe that you can put together on a busy weeknight. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to prep the ingredients and about 15 minutes to cook the entire meal.
The tender and juicy chicken cutlets get to swim in a tangy lemon caper sauce. The sauce only has 6 ingredients and it comes together in 5 minutes. You will be surprised at how much flavor is in this lemon sauce. This is a meal you will want to keep on books for frequent repeats!
How To Prepare Lemon Chicken Piccata:
For this easy recipe of lemon chicken piccata, thin chicken breast cutlets have a coating of regular flour and semolina flour. The semolina flour adds a nice crisp crust to the chicken cutlets and the coating gives the chicken a lovely crusty surface for the lemon-caper sauce to cling to. If you don’t coat the chicken in the flour it will still be a delicious dinner but it really is so much better with the crusty coating of flour.
Making The Lemony Piccata Sauce:
- Lemon juice
- Chicken stock
- Lemon slices
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This recipe has been adapted from: Cooking Light, The New Way to Cook Light
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- 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 6 oz. each)
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup fine grind semolina flour
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or peanut oil
For the Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 whole lemon, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup capers, drained
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (for garnish)
- Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound chicken with the flat side of a meat pounder or rolling pin to 1/2 inch thick.
- In a shallow dish stir together flour, semolina flour, chopped thyme, salt, and the pepper.
- Using paper towels, wipe the chicken pieces to remove the moisture then dredge all of the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, coating each one completely and shaking gently to remove excess. Place on a plate.
- Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 2 chicken breasts at a time, add the dredged chicken cutlets to the skillet. Cook the cutlets for 2-3 minutes (depending on how thin you pounded them), until golden brown, carefully turn them over and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the cutlets to a platter and proceed with frying the remaining two cutlets. It may be necessary to add a little more oil to the skillet. Cover the cooked cutlets with foil to keep them warm.
For the Sauce:
- Pour off any remaining oil in the skillet and wipe it out with a paper towel. Over low heat, add the butter and heat until the foam subsides. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, add the broth, lemon juice, and the lemon slices. Bring the sauce to a boil, and cook for about 5 minutes to reduce and thicken slightly, stir in the capers. Return the chicken to the sauce, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
- To serve: Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and spoon the lemon sauce over the chicken, sprinkle generously with the chopped parsley and garnish with the cooked lemon slices.
- You can find bottled capers in the condiment area of local supermarkets
- Some supermarkets offer an olive bar in their deli section where capers can be purchased in the amount you desire.
Serving Size1 Chicen Breast
Amount Per ServingCalories 390 Total Fat 21.5g Saturated Fat 12g Cholesterol 112mg Sodium 989mg Carbohydrates 13g Fiber 1.1g Sugar 0.4g Protein 34.9g