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Lemon Chicken Piccata

With a buttery lemon sauce and salty capers, this easy chicken piccata recipe is my go-to dish during a busy weeknight or just when I'm craving it.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 428kcal
Author Ryan Beck


  • 4 chicken breasts cutlets (or 2 chicken breasts cut in half)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
  • chopped fresh Italian parsley for garnish


  • In shallow medium bowl, add flour and mix in salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.
  • In large skillet, melt 3 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes per side or when chicken is browned. Remove chicken and transfer to a place. Add 1 tbsp olive and 1 tbsp butter and repeat with remaining 2 pieces of chicken. Remove chicken to plate.
  • Add the lemon juice, chicken stock and capers to skillet. Bring to boil, scraping up brown bits. Reduce heat to medium-low and add chicken back to skillet and simmer for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet. Add 2 tbsp butter to sauce. Pour sauce over chicken and enjoy!


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 12.4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.9mg