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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata
After having recently made the chicken marsala, it reminded me of another Italian chicken and pan sauce dish, chicken piccata and I could not resist updating the photos for the recipe. Piccata is an Italian method of preparing meat where the meat is cut thinly, breaded and then fried in oil or butter before a pan sauce is made with the drippings, white wine, lemon juice, capers and butter. Next to the amazing flavour of the pan sauce, my favourite thing about this dish is how quick and easy it is to make; all you need to do is cook the meat, add the ingredients for the pan sauce and reduce it. Not only is this dish easy enough to make on a weeknight but it will also not fail to impress any dinner guest!

Note: Normally the chicken is coated in flour before frying but I prefer to omit this step.

Chicken Piccata
Cook some rice or pasta while making the sauce and have a tasty meal in less than 20 minutes.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

A super quick and easy chicken dish in a tasty lemon, butter and caper sauce that is sure to impress your dinner guests.


Servings: makes 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Directions
  1. Heat the oil and butter in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side and set aside.
  3. Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the wine to the pan and deglaze it.
  5. Add the broth, lemon juice, honey and capers in the pan and simmer until the liquids have reduce by half, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the butter, season with salt and pepper, mix in the parsley, return chicken to pan and toss to coat.

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Tilapia Piccata
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Saltimbocca
Honey Lemon Chicken
Pan Seared Chicken Breasts in a Mushroom, Tarragon and Mustard Pan Sauce

81 comments:

Lisa said...

Perfect light dish! I need to make something like this after all the candy I ate.

Helene said...

Kevin,

I like coming here and reading about your everyday meals. Looks delicious!

Pearlsofeast said...

lovely recipe and fantastic presentation.

MaryBeth said...

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this dish, however I have never made it nor have I ever eaten it. It looks wonderful.

Robin Sue said...

I love the fresh taste of Chicken piccata! The apple pizza looks great too!

HoneyB said...

Looks great!

maybelle's mom said...

wonderful comfort food.

youseela73 said...

Simple and delicious. I love lemon!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

What a simple and wonderful dish!! You just answered my question as to how to prepare the chicken breasts that I took out of the freezer.

Debbie said...

This is one of my very favorite dishes. Your are right when you say how simple it is yet so tasty. I love capers and lemon.....

Paula said...

I love chicken piccata! It's one of my most favorite dishes, although I cheat and just slice each breast half very thinly in half again. Your recipe looks easy to create. YUM!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

Lemon, Butter, Capers - my favourite combination too! I have no qualms with making this anytime!

mikky said...

just the perfect dinner... z:)

Manggy said...

Isn't butterflying and pounding meat just the best? It cooks in a flash and is so tender too :) I've never tried piccata but the lemon-butter flavor is just divine!

Allie said...

This is hands-down my favourite entree. Yours is beautiful!

Bellini Valli said...

Simple is often the best Kevin. It allows the natural flavours to shine through:D

Patsyk said...

Chicken piccata is one of my favorites! Your sauce is definitely crying out for some crusty bread to soak it up!

Cheryl said...

Man I haven't made that in forever! Makes my taste buds tweak!

Ann said...

Definitely Awesome..Love to taste..great presentation too

Bridgett said...

This is one of my favorites for an easy but delicious weeknight meal. The flavors never cease to amaze me. Yours looks wonderful!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

tell me kev...how do you produce and eat all of those good food and stay so slim T_T

Diana Evans said...

Hi Kevin...oh wow!!! I love this...thanks for sharing your recipe....I have a proposition for you....I am starting up a whole new blog....in it I will be featuring all kinds of wonderful things...one being a section each week called "Let's eat" It would be awesome if you were a member of my team and did that piece each week...you could pick one of your posts and add it there...what do you think??

Hugs
Diana

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks great Kevin! Every time I hear the name of this dish, it reminds me of Beavis & Butthead. I know... it's an awful show, but it was a lot funnier when I was in highschool:-)

culinarycory said...

I LOVE chicken piccata. The lemon with the salty capers is always favorite of mine.

Beachlover said...

look delicious!! I like chicken breast this type of cooking especially butterflies up! healthy too,right?

Amber said...

I love this stuff, it is also great with turkey cutlets or halibut. I like to make extra sauce for the pasta or rice like you said.

daphne said...

oh yum! that's a great dish for the warmer days!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delightfully good!

cheers,

Rosa

Elra said...

Lemon, caper, and parsley are so perfect for that chicken breast.

Marie said...

mmm...I Love chicken piccata. Yours looks fabulous!

MeetaK said...

looks absolutely succulent and perfect! as always a great recipe kevin!

Happy cook said...

Just superb and delicious.
Looking to thise capers make me drool.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

You are right Kevin, it's so simple yet it's delicious. Yours looks cooked up to perfection!

Dana McCauley said...

You are so right: simple is usually the best!

mycookinghut said...

Looks really yummy! I wish I could have this now... I am having sandwiches for lunch :(

Dee said...

I love that you made a sweet pizza! And this is yet another right-up-my-alley dish, Kevin!

CookinsForMe said...

Some of the recipes and pictures in your entries make my mouth water and this is one of them. This chicken looks fantastic and I might have to try it. However, my meat and potatoes man person might not be too thrilled...hmmm, I wonder how it would be with hot water cornbread. ;)

Meg said...

This dish looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing it!

Elizabeth said...

this looks delicious! I can't wait to try it, I have been looking for some lighter recipes.

Dawn said...

I don't blame you at all for eating too much of that apple pizza. And you're skinny enough to get away with it.
I love piccata, and obviously you've made it perfectly.

Jeanne said...

The first time I had veal piccata was in Italy on a family trip when I was 14. I remember knowing nothing about the recipe (or the ethics of veal!) but being totally blown away by the recipe. For years afterwards I cited that veal piccata in Portofino as my favourite meal ever. Love the simplicity of your recipe and am definitely going to try it at home!

Apples and Butter said...

Looks great! I agree that that there's nothing better than extra sauce to be soaked up by all of the rice!

Maria said...

You always have the nicest presentation!! Looks good!

Olga said...

that looks super good!!!
Maybe I should make it for dinner one of these nights.

Pam said...

I love chicken piccata, I am going to have to try your version! It is so delicious looking (and sounding)!

Karen said...

This is one of my favorites! The capers add so much... and the lemon sauce sounds great!

Jeena said...

It looks wonderful the chicken looks cooked to perfection. :-)

Amy said...

That looks so good! I don't think that I've ever had it before but I definatly want to try it sometime.

Beth said...

This looks like just the kind of light dinner dish I need after my weekend of exceses!!!!

Cucinista said...

Recipe looks fantastic, and what a great photo. I love that your recipes are all easy and quick, but mighty tasty too.

Marjie said...

I just love what lemon does for chicken! Beautiful presentation, as always.

kamailesfood said...

Your piccata looks fabulous. I totally agree on extra sauce. I love the tanginess of the lemons and capers. Yum!

Pam said...

I've been craving this dish lately. Your recipes sounds perfect.

CECIL said...

I think this should be in my next week menu. It just looks so yum.

Deborah said...

Delicious!

Katrina said...

LOVE chicken picata! Looks de-lish.

noble pig said...

Chicken Piccata has always been one of my favorite meals!

CreoleInDC said...

I made this tonight. I NEVER have seconds. I sooooooooo wanted seconds. I love you. ROFL! I mean really...how could I not? A man who loves to cook? Cooks WELL? And has a FABULOUS blog all about cooking?????

*sigh* This blog is DELIGHTFUL!

Joann Kim said...

made this a few days ago and it was delicious despite it being a bit too lemony.
thanks again!

Joann
http://updownacross.wordpress.com/

Babs said...

I made this last night for my guy. We LOVED it. Thanks!

Katelyn Mack said...

I made this dish and it tastes like a 5 star restaurant! I didn't follow the recipe exactly (i.e., I used all wine, no chicken broth) but it was absolutely divine. Thank you!

Elizabeth said...

I tried this last night... it was delicious! Thanks!

Adam said...

My only real suggestion, which in my opinion really makes the dish 150% better (not that it's not spectatular to begin with) is to add whole pepperoncinis into the sauce. It add a slight but pleasant zing to contrast with the strong bold lemon flavor.

Kevin said...

Adam: Adding pepperoncinis sounds like a good idea. I will have to see if I can find some.

Caitlin Bellah-Trenzano said...

This...was...insanely..good. New go to recipe. YUM.

cliff @ livelovepasta said...

Making this tonite for my wife! She has been eye-ing this recipe for some time now, I'm sure it will be amazing, thanks!

Nancy Long said...

have been make piccata for years, but the honey is a new twist and will definitely try this.

Angela LeMoine said...

Love this classic Italian dish! Simple & wonderful flavors!
http://lemoinefamilykitchen.blogspot.com

Rob said...

This is a good dish and have to try making it. I do make Chicken Francaise which is similar and also very good over fettuccine.

Joanne said...

I love the sauce for this recipe! I could pretty much drink piccata sauce.

Little Kitchie said...

i LOVE me some chicken piccata. yours looks great!

Joyce said...

Chicken piccata is one of my all time favorites. I made this exactly as written and love the addition of the honey. The sauce was smooth and silky. Delightful!!

Lisa @ The Meaning of Me said...

Hi, Kevin. Chicken piccata is one of my husband's favorites, so we decided to give yours a try. This was wonderfully fast and the honey is a different, but really nice touch. He and my daughter loved it - the Kid couldn't stop talking about it yesterday and asked to have it again tonight! That's a winner!

Amy said...

I made this two nights ago for my family and it was so good! I really enjoy your site and just wanted to say thank you for all your delicious meal ideas!

MuchMoreThanPretty said...

This is insanely easy and delicious. I buy the thin cut chicken breast to make it that much easier. The only real change I made was to dredge the chicken in flour before frying it. i've tried it both ways, and I have found that the flour helps the chicken tetain moisture and flavor.

Anonymous said...

Love this recipe! It was so quick an easy to make. Definitely bookmarking it to make it again some other day! Thanks!

Penny C said...

Made this a couple nights ago and it was perfect!!

Anonymous said...

I just made this and it's amazing! :D I actually added artichoke hearts to it and it was really good!

Michelle Blair said...

I made this for dinner and it was so good!! I added a little dill to mine and the family ate it all up :)

Elizabeth said...

Yum! I made this tonight sans honey and garlic, and with a little more butter. It was delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe! :-)

Lori B said...

Made this tonight with a variation...no honey, more garlic & added sliced mushrooms. Paired it with mushroom ravioli. Was incredible! !

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