Chicken Piccata Recipe

Chicken Piccata will become your family’s favorite poultry dish as it is exquisite, impressive, and so easy to prepare.  This Italian Chicken Piccata is nothing more than chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned, and served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers, and either stock or white wine.  So easy to make – it is excellent for a dinner party to impress your guest.  They will never even realize that it is low in calories!

Enjoy this restaurant-style dish at home with a glass of wine and a fresh salad.


Chicken Piccata


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Chicken Piccata Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Piccata Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 258 kcal
  • 4 (5 to 6 ounces each) chicken breast  halves, boneless, skinless, and fat trimmed off*
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and coarsely-ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, safflower oil, or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons capers, brined, drained, and rinsed
  1. Working with one chicken breast at a time, place each between two pieces of plastic wrap with the smooth side down (where the skin used to be).  Working from the center to the edges, gently pound each chicken breast with a meat mallet to 1/4-inch thick.  You want the smooth side to remain intact while the ragged side receives the impact of the mallet.  Since chicken has little connective tissue, it is important to use gentle strokes when pounding - the meat can tear easily.  Remove plastic wrap.

  2. In a shallow pie plate, combine flour, salt, and pepper.  Roll pounded chicken breasts in the flour mixture to coat all sides.

  3. In a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat, heat butter and vegetable oil of your choice.  Add floured chicken breasts and cook 3 to 5 minutes per side or until fully cooked and tender.

  4. Pour lemon juice and white wine over chicken.  Add capers and simmer another 2 to 3 minutes longer.  Remove from heat and transfer chicken onto a serving platter.

  5. Reduce liquid left in frying pan by boiling an additional 2 to 3 minutes; pour over the chicken and serve immediately.

  6. Makes 4 servings.

  7. NOTE: As all of the flour will not be used for the coating, I have reduced the total amount in the calculations.

Recipe Notes

*  You could also use thin, pre-sliced chicken breast cutlets available at most supermarkets.  These cutlets do not have any tenderloins and can be used as is.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Piccata Recipe:
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 9.7g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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