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Easy Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe

This healthy and easy Chicken Piccata recipe is intensely flavorful, with sautéd lemons and garlic. It’s a fail-proof Italian chicken recipe that’s an absolute keeper.

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This chicken piccata is healthy and easy to make.

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Easy, Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe

Easy, Healthy Chicken Piccata

If your regular chicken dinner routine craves some jazzing up, you’ve. come to the right place. We’ve got non-boring chicken on the menu for your busy weeknight dinner. As is our motto, we’re making food that tastes extraordinary using ordinary ingredients. Simple yet scrumptious. We’re talking scrumptious meals in 30 minutes, with 10 ingredients or less in one single pan. No compromise on flavor.

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Cook chicken in plenty of this savory lemon caper sauce,

Buying Capers

This Chicken Piccata recipe is made up of a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Unless you serendipitously have a jar of capers sitting in your pantry, it might be the only ingredient you’ll need to buy for your chicken piccata dish. Luckily, it’s usually easy to find a little jar of briny capers on your grocery store shelves.

Capers are reminiscent of pickles, in miniature morsel form. In fact, you’ll usually find little jars of capers next to jars of pickles and olives at the grocery store. Because jars of capers are typically brined in salt, water, and vinegar, they keep really well in your fridge after opening (unopened jars can keep for a long time in your pantry.) These tiny capers provide the  salty/tangy flavor that’s classic in chicken piccata.

Just a light sprinkling of capers adds huge flavor, so you’ll have plenty left over in your little jar to keep for all your future chicken piccata nights.

Key Steps

Step 1: Always pat dry chicken with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Pound chicken down to an even thickness throughout.

Step 2: Season chicken on both sides.

Step 3: After cooking the chicken, make the sauce in the same skillet, using up the browned bits, which add a ton of flavor.

Step 4: Generously pour sauce over chicken while hot and serve immediately.

What to Serve with Chicken Piccata

Besides the briny kick of capers, this chicken piccata is intensely flavored with plenty of garlic, onion, and fresh lemon slices that are sautéd until gloriously browned. It’s a winning combination that results in tender, luscious chicken in one single pan.

There’s plenty of intensely flavorful sauce for dipping this rustic rosemary bread into, or you can serve all the goodness over this super easy spaghetti aglio e olio. Some other favorites include:

Whether it’s a casual, quick weeknight dinner or you’re hosting a weekend meal for friends, this chicken piccata is destined to be an instant hit.

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Serve chicken piccata with potatoes, rice, pasta, or vegetables

Commonly Asked Questions

What is chicken piccata?

Chicken piccata is an Italian dish made with chicken breasts that are pounded thin, then dredged in flour and cooked in a lemon and caper sauce.

What can I serve with chicken piccata?

Chicken piccata pairs well with various side dishes such as pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad. Some people also enjoy serving it with crusty bread to soak up the flavorful sauce.

Can I use something other than chicken breasts for chicken piccata?

Yes, you can use other cuts of chicken such as chicken cutlets or chicken thighs if you prefer. The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken, so adjust accordingly. We recommend staying with skinless/boneless cuts, for best flavor and ease of preparation.

Can I make chicken piccata ahead of time?

While chicken piccata is best enjoyed fresh, you can make certain preparations ahead of time. For example, you can pound the chicken breasts and refrigerate them until ready to cook. You can also prepare the sauce in advance and store it separately, though you won’t get the flavor benefit of incorporating the browned bits from cooked chicken. If you do cook this dish in advance, we suggest assembling the dish just before serving to maintain the best texture and flavor.

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Easy Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe

4.96 from 75 ratings
This Easy, Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe isn’t just another chicken dinner recipe. Chicken Piccata is an deliciously intense with flavorful dish with sauteéd lemons and garlic. This is an Italian chicken recipe you’ll want to add to your dinner rotation now.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup regular chicken broth
  • 1 TB capers, drained
  • 1 TB salted butter
  • kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnish: freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts on cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Pound to even thickness. Use paper towels to dab off excess moisture from chicken.
  • Sprinkle each piece of chicken with a thin layer of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. Place flour in a shallow dish. Coat each piece of chicken in flour, shaking off excess.
  • In an extra large skillet, heat 2 TB olive oil over medium high heat until oil is hot. Add chicken to skillet (cook in batches if needed, to avoid overcrowding.) Cook for 2-3 minutes of each side or until no longer pink in center; don’t overcook. Use tongs to transfer chicken to a separate plate; keep warm.
  • Without cleaning the skillet out, add 1 TB olive oil to same skillet over medium high heat. When oil is hot, add onion and garlic, stirring 1-2 min until fragrant. Add lemon juice and lemon slices, scraping pan if needed to loosen any browned bits. Cook until lemon slices are nicely browned. Add broth, capers and butter, stirring just until butter melts. Pour lemon mixture over chicken and serve. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

  • Though piccata and capers go hand in hand, feel free to go light on the capers if your eaters (or you!) don’t like them. You can even omit them and still have a delicious dish.
  • This dish is fantastic served with this 15 Min Spaghetti Aglio e Olio or Garlic Rosemary Bread
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ❤️ 

Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.2g | Protein: 9.1g | Fat: 14.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 28.9mg | Sodium: 181.8mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 2.6g
Course: chicken, Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Low Lactose
Method: Stovetop

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64 comments

    • Gunjan
    • 5 stars

    This is usually my favorite pick at any restaurant so I very excited to make it at home and enjoy frequently.

    • Eileen Kelly
    • 5 stars

    Wow, this is just delicious. Tender chicken and the sauce is wonderful. A big hit.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy y’all loved it, Eileen!

    • Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
    • 5 stars

    This Chicken Piccata looks so so good. My husband will love this dish.

    • Aditi Bahl
    • 5 stars

    I tried this recipe last weekend and loved it. Not only me my family went crazy asking how did you make this. Thanks for sharing. Lovely recipe

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Aditi! 🙂

    • Sylia
    • 5 stars

    I have never made chicken piccata before and it’s time for a new chicken recipe in the house. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ramona
    • 5 stars

    This looks so flavoursome and absoloutly divine! I love the look of this whole dish, it makes my mouth water so badly. I love adding capers to my dishes and this looks like the perfect dish to do that! I need to try this recipe tonight. Thank you for sharing.

    • veenaazmanov
    • 5 stars

    Easy and very quick and delicious recipe. Chicken is one of our favorite meal and I love this flavorful chicken sauted with lemon and garlic. yum

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you all enjoyed this!

    • Sara
    • 5 stars

    This dish was wonderful! Thanks for the easy to follow directions. This will be a regular in my meal plan for sure!

      • chewoutloud

      Terrific, Sara!

    • Julia Osgood

    This recipe looks so simple but still so delicious, and it does seem perfect for weeknight dinner. I love recipes where everyone thinks you slaved over dinner, but it was really quite simple. And capers! I haven’t used them in a recipe in such a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Shelley
    • 5 stars

    I just LOVE your motto of “scrumptious meals in 30 minutes, with 10 ingredients or less (in one single pan) – no compromise on flavor”! That’s just what people need in today’s busy, busy world! An oh my goodness – this recipe! Big flavors so very easily! And your photography is just stunning!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Shelley! 🙂

    • Crystal Dobbs
    • 5 stars

    Chicken piccatta is my FAVORITE dish. Mom mom is not a fan of capers, but she likes Rosemary, I’m wondering if Iput Rosemary on hers if it will still taste delcious, and if so, do I put it in when I put the capers in? Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      I think that’s a good idea for your mom, if she loves rosemary. Yes, just put them in at the same time 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Preet
    • 5 stars

    Lemon, pepper and parsley are few of my favorite ingredients for chicken and fish dishes. The Chicken Piccata looks so delicious and healthy. I would love to try this out for my chicken lovers family 🙂

    • acupofassamtea

    Chicken piccata looks palatable. Love to beautiful presentation. I will surely give it a try.

    • Shubhada Bhide

    This Easy, Healthy Chicken Piccata recipe looks really delicious. I will absolutely try to make this yummy recipe. I will be pinned this, for sure.

    • Sadhna Shanker

    wow, as usual sounds and looks absolutely delicious. Whenever I read your blog I wish I was a good cook! keep them coming!

    • Peps Goh

    I love chicken and this doesn’t seem that easy to make. However, after reading your recipe, it looked so achieveable. Let me try to see if I can try to do it myself.

    • Nati
    • 5 stars

    We eat Italian at home and I’ve never done chicken piccata! In fact, for us piccata is made with veal, but I’m totally saving this for a variation, it looks delicious!

    • Amanda

    I have refused to cook chicken lately because of how bored I am of it. This gives me a fresh new idea to try! Any suggestions of a substitute for the capers?

      • chewoutloud

      Amanda, you can omit the capers or try using chopped olives, if you prefer. Hope you guys love it!

    • LaiAriel Samangka
    • 5 stars

    Wow, I love this motto of yours “something that tastes extraordinary using ordinary ingredients”. Anyway, the Chicken Piccata looks really tempting and it appears to be really luscious. I love cooking as well, and I will surely try this recipe at home If I have time.

    • Stephanie Jeannot

    That looks and sounds fantastic. Yup! Good to change things up a bit every now and then so life dies not get boring.

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