Chicken Piccata Recipe – Easy Chicken Recipes (VIDEO!!)

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I’ve finally mastered making a truly simple Chicken Piccata! This one-pan lemon chicken recipe only requires 7 ingredients and it’s packed with so much flavor. This simple chicken with lemon, capers, and a delicious piccata sauce is one of my all-time favorites!

chicken piccata with lemon and spoon in white skillet

Chicken piccata has been one of my favorite recipes for years! It’s a 30 minute one pan recipe that takes just 7 ingredients to whip up… but it tastes like it’s from a nice Italian restaurant. When I feel like impressing dinner guests without stressing out, this is what I make.

What’s in chicken piccata?

I love the flavor combination of the bright lemon juice, salty capers, and creamy butter in this easy chicken piccata recipe!

  • Lemon Juice: This adds so much brightness to the sauce. Fresh squeezed juice tastes best.
  • Wine or Chicken Stock: White wine is great for the sauce, but you can substitute it with chicken stock.
  • Chicken Breasts: Cut the chicken breasts in half for better portions, and to help them cook more quickly and evenly.
chicken piccata with lemon and spoon in white skillet

Variations To Try

There are so many ways to make your piccata unique! Not feeling chicken? Try veal, turkey, or fish (sole or flounder work well!). Add some sun-dried tomatoes for a sweet and tangy element or some anchovies for an umami punch!

Stir in a splash of heavy cream to make a creamy piccata sauce, some red pepper flakes for a spicy piccata sauce, or some fresh herbs for an even fresher taste!

How to Store and Reheat

Store leftover piccata in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave on high for 1½-2 minutes, or until fully heated through.

How to Freeze

Since the piccata sauce doesn’t include any milk or cream, it freezes beautifully for up to 3 months. I recommend freezing the sauce and chicken separately for the best results. Let both thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

up close chicken piccata in white pan

Notes and Tips

  • Lemons are sour, but their pith is bitter. Make sure to only add lemon juice, and if you choose to add some zest, try not to get any of the white pith in it!
  • Green olives are the best substitute for capers. Pit them and chop them up into pieces!
  • A dry white wine works best, like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Top Reader Review

“All five of us (three teens too) loved this dish. Will definitely be making it again. Probably try to reduce the butter a bit… was a beautiful, decadent dinner. Thank you!” – Morgan

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chicken piccata with lemon and spoon in white skillet


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