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Lemon Chicken Piccata

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You are going to love this easy recipe and the tangy flavor of these Lemon Chicken Piccata cutlets. They are perfectly cooked, tender, delicious and coated in a tangy sauce with briny capers. 
Lemon Chicken Piccata

Spooning that tangy lemon caper sauce

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.

Lemon Chicken Piccata

Lemony sauce with tangy capers

Making The Lemony Piccata Sauce:

The sauce is so easy to put together! It is the briny capers that gives this lemon chicken piccata the magical touch. This is all that is in the sauce:
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Chicken stock
  • Capers
  • Lemon slices
To add a fancy flair and more delicious flavor, you could add a bit of good dry white wine to the sauce. Be sure to buy one you enjoy drinking and finish off the bottle with your dinner. We have found some really affordable wines that would go well with this chicken piccata dish. If you would like a recommendation then choose a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, but honestly, any white wine you enjoy would go well with this dish. 
We made this tangy lemony sauce of butter, garlic, chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon slices, and bottled capers. Let the sauce boil for a few minutes to reduce and thicken. Then we added the chicken cutlets to the sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes more to reheat the cutlets.

What are capers?

Cool fact: capers are tiny flower buds that come from a plant called the Flinders rose bush. They are actually very bitter if you eat them straight off the bush but for some reason, someone decided they would taste good if they were pickled. And whoever that creative person was, they were right.  Capers have a salty, lemony flavor that just ‘pop’ in your mouth. They go perfect with this lemon sauce. 
Lemon Chicken Piccata

Lemon Chicken Piccata with linguini


To serve this delightful lemon chicken piccata dish we transferred the cutlets to a serving platter. We spooned the tangy lemony sauce over the cutlets and garnished the top with parsley and the lemon slices.  That delicious sauce would also taste fantastic spooned over a pile of tender linguine!

What sides go with lemon chicken piccata?

Make this a meal with some simple side dishes. Cook some linguine pasta in a flash or make these amazing parsley baby potatoes then steam some broccoli for a fast veggie side. If you have extra hungry eaters then a simple garden salad with Greek salad dressing will fill in the gaps.  
Finish the meal off with some fudgy flourless almond butter chocolate chip cookies or a scoop of store-bought ice cream if you don’t feel like baking. You can’t go wrong with this dinner. 

This recipe has been adapted from:  Cooking Light, The New Way to Cook Light

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Lemon Chicken Piccata

Lemon Chicken Piccata

A classic Italian dish of lemon chicken piccata chicken that is perfectly cooked, tender, delicious and coated in a tangy lemon-caper sauce.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves about 6 oz. each
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup fine grind semolina flour or additional all-purpose 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.
  • If you don't have semolina flour, you can simply use additional all-purpose flour. the semolina will add texture and a slightly nutty flavor to the coating, but it isn't essential.


Serving: 1Chicen Breast | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 34.9g | Fat: 21.5g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 989mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 0.4g

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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