Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata


A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata

 No need to go to a restaurant for great chicken piccata, it’s easy to make at home, in just 30 minutes!  This version uses bright lemon flavor to really accentuate the light and fresh qualities of the meal.  Soon to be your family’s favorite!

My love affair with Italian food continues!  Chicken piccata has always been one of those meals we ate at restaurants… it was “restaurant food”.  Even though there are a ton of recipes out there, for some reason, I never tried making it.  Well a little while back I finally decided that was stupid and I came up with a great recipe that we love!

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

 

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The freshness in this dish is just out of this world… crazy good!  Good enough that despite there being “green things” and “onion things” in this dish… my kids ate, and loved it.  SCORE!!

The longest part about cooking this meal, is waiting for the pasta water to boil.  You can get this meal on the table in 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for a hectic weeknight meal.  If you feel like being ambitious or making this on a weekend, it would be delicious with these copycat Olive Garden breadsticks or a no-knead artisan bread.

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

To start this off, you need some chicken breasts, which I chose to pound thinner.  You could also use chicken tenders for this 🙂  You’ll be breading the chicken, but not in the traditional way… instead of dipping the chicken in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs… you’ll just be tossing it in some seasoned flour and then searing them up in a skillet.

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

I seared my chicken in batches of 2, so they could get brown and not end up steaming because they were too close together.

You want that golden brown color, because not only does it make the chicken delicious, those browned bits in the pan will make your sauce phenomenal!

Once your chicken is cooked through and golden brown, set it aside to rest on a plate.  Add your shallots and garlic to the same pan and let them saute for a minute or so, then add in the rest of your sauce ingredients.

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

Not the prettiest sauce while it’s cooking… but the flavor is wayyyyy better than it looks!

Let the sauce bubble and cook for a few minutes.  While it’s cooking, drop your pasta in the boiling water.  Once it’s cooked to al dente, or your preferred doneness, drain it and toss it with some olive oil, parsley and basil.

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

Now I don’t know about you… but I could eat that bowl of pasta just like that!!

Just slice up your chicken and add it to your pasta.

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

Garnish with some lemon slices, then pour your sauce over the pasta and chicken.

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

Sprinkle some fresh basil all over the top and enjoy!!

Seems pretty simple doesn’t it?  You can do this… this classic Italian meal can be on your table 🙂

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

This would be great with some garlic roasted broccoli served alongside.  Although, we had a yummy caeser salad, that recipe will be coming soon, don’t worry 🙂

I hope you try this one you guys, I know you’ll love it!

Recipe adapted from The Recipe Critic

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.

A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.


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A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.
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Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata
A quick and easy classic Italian dish, on your table in 30 minutes! Your family will love the bright fresh flavors of this easy lemon chicken piccata.
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 3/4 - 1" thickness)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of ground thyme
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup capers drained
  • Fresh parsley and basil for garnish
  • 1 lb thin spaghetti pasta
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Season flour with salt, pepper and chopped fresh basil. Add thyme, salt and pepper to each side of the chicken breasts, then dredge in the seasoned flour.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in the skillet. Cook in batches of 2 (unless you have a huge skillet) to ensure a golden brown exterior. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until chicken is completely cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  3. Drop your pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente (according to package directions).
  4. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add shallots and garlic to the same skillet, stir to saute for 1 minute. Add stock, wine, lemon juice, heavy cream, and capers. Whisk to combine and bring the sauce to a low boil. Taste the sauce and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Simmer the sauce for 3 minutes.
  5. Drain pasta, place in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and add fresh basil and parsley, and toss to combine.
  6. Slice the chicken into strips and place over cooked pasta. Pour sauce over the top and garnish with chopped parsley and basil.
Recipe Notes

** If desired, serve with cooked pancetta or bacon as an additional garnish.

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78 comments on “Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata”

  1. My kids love lemon chicken piccata and I do too…this is one of those dishes I make almost every week, because I know everyone will eat it! Glad to have another recipe to try. Your photos are gorgeous!

  2. OMG. I LOVEEEEE (LOVE LOVE) Chicken Piccataaaaa! The only person who loves it more than I do is my huzzzzzzzband. So he’s going to LOVE you for this… I can nottt wait to make it. Your pics, as usual, are insaneeeee!!!!!!

  3. we have pasta with chicken all the time, but I have never tried chicken piccata – what a gorgeous dish

  4. Yes, I am definitely pinning this one Amanda and I will have to try it this weekend.

  5. I love Piccata! 😀 Can’t wait to try this recipe Amanda! The pictures look phenomenal! pinning and saving to add to the menu soon!!

    • Thank you sooooo much Dini!!! This was one of those foods that I was nervous wasn’t going to photograph well… I didn’t want it to look like a bowl of mush lol… so glad you like the pictures 😀 😀

  6. I can’t tell you how incredible this looks… As somebody obsessed with lemon, this hits every one of my sweet spots! Thank you for posting this and I can’t wait to repin it for folks! My sister will die! LOL!

  7. I love how simple this sounds, yet oh so flavorful. And, I’m glad you’re exploring Italian cuisine, there are so many different dishes to try. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Looks so fresh and delicious. I’ll have mine over zunoodles.
    Thank you fir the inspiration,
    Tracey

  9. This looks wonderful! I need a new chicken dish, thanks for sharing! Happy FF! 🙂

  10. I love pasta with lemon, it is so light and fresh! This looks absolutely divine!

  11. Hearty meal..just how I like it..

  12. yup, so going to make this one night! Looks so darn good! Happy Tickle My tasebuds Tuesday

  13. I can’t wait to try your Lemon Chicken Piccata it looks so good. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Fabulous recipe! Your pictures have me drooling! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  15. Chicken Piccata is one of my all time favorite dishes. There’s just something about the lemon and capers that are amazing together. You received the most clicks last week, over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We would love for you to join us again, starting Monday night at 8pm EST.

    • It’s one of mine too, the simple flavors just mesh so well 🙂 Oh wow, I’m so honored that this recipe received the most clicks, thank you for hosting such a great party! See you this evening!

  16. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  17. This looks so delicious! I am going to try it for tomorrow’s supper! I can see why it received the most clicks at our Simple Supper Linky Party! Nettie LINK: http://mooreorlesscooking.com/2015/05/18/simple-supper-tuesday-linky-party-62/

  18. I can’t believe it, but I’ve never tried chicken piccata before (hides head in shame). It looks so simple and delicious! Perfect weeknight dinner. Gorgeous photos, too!

  19. Quick and easy dinners like this are my favorite! Plus, it looks FABULOUS. 🙂

  20. I’ve actually never had chicken piccata, but it looks amazing so I think I need to change that!

  21. I would like this for dinner, please. Yum! Pinned 🙂

  22. We are HUGE fans of chicken piccata – this is going on my to do list! Thanks for sharing!

  23. i always order chicken piccata too and I love that you shared this easy recipe for it!!

  24. I just wrote “chicken” on my shopping list after printing this recipe!

  25. I TOTALLY think of chicken picot as restaurant food! I’ve made it before, but not for a LONG time…I will have to give your recipe a try!

  26. I made this for the first time tonight. I had to modify a little bit due to what I had on hand (no capers, extra broth instead of wine), but it was FANTASTIC! I was a bit weary of the lemon/pasta combo, but it is so good. Even the noodles without the chicken is wonderful and I bet it will be even better for lunch tomorrow.

  27. I have a good news and a bad news, let me say bad news first. I am a vegetarian $_$. now, time for good news, I have signed up for newsletter means whenever new recipe will arrive I will get it in my inbox and I will try to give my response on your new recipes, this is my 2nd time on your blog, so thought to get familiar with this blog.. added to my email list, let see who frequently I get recipes in my inbox. I will be waiting for it. Good day ^^

    • Lol being a vegetarian isn’t bad news 🙂 We eat vegetarian meals at least once a week here… I enjoy them! I send out weekly emails with snippets of all the following week’s recipes 🙂

  28. My grand daughter and I have started cooking together one night a week – long distance via skype. Your Lemon Chicken Piccata recipe is what she has chosen for this week’s meal. I am curious abou the lemon juice. When it says to add lemon juice to the sauce – is that the entire juice of the two lemons?

    • Hi Brenda, I think that’s am amazing thing you two are doing… cooking together via skype. Love it!! Yes, it’s the juice of both lemons. If your lemons are really juicy, you could use the juice of one lemon and then taste the sauce to see if you’d like to use the remaining lemon 🙂 I hope you both love it!!

  29. OMG This was so delicious. Between my grand daughter’s family and my husband and I it received five 8s out of 10 for both appearance and taste and one 9 out of 10. Thanks for a super recipe.

  30. Love Chicken Piccata and I love pasta. What a great combo, and so easy to make.

  31. Gorgeous! It sounds so delicious and totally easy! So weird because I do not like olives, but LOVE capers. They seriously make a dish (and add so much flavour to sauces.)

  32. Looks really fresh and delicious! Italian food is the best!

  33. This sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  34. Chicken piccata always hits the spot in my house! Sure this one will be a big hit! Looks amazingly delicious! Great photos!

  35. Oh my! I could use something lemony like this. It’s been so dreary here and lemon always cheers me up. This looks fantastic!

  36. This pasta looks amazing!! I’m wishing I could grab a bowl through my screen right now. I also love that it’s a 30 minute meal. Genius!! So adding this to my menu rotation asap! Pinned.

  37. Sounds so fresh and light! Going to give it a try. Thanks

  38. Something new for me that I should definitely try out! Lovely recipe there 🙂

  39. Hey, I want to try this recipe, but for some reason I can’t see how much heavy cream and capers are needed. I just see ” / ” cups. Any help on this would be appreciated. Thank you!!!

    • Hi Heather! Unfortunately when I redesigned my site, there were some bugs in the coding of the recipe plugin.. I’m working on it, but with over 200 recipes, it’s taking a bit of time :/ It should read 3/4 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup capers 🙂 Hope you love it!!

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