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 picatta is lemon butter chicken at it’s best!
Cook some rice or pasta while making the sauce and have a tasty meal in less than 20 minutes.
A super quick and easy chicken dish in a tasty lemon, butter and caper sauce that is sure to impress your dinner guests.
- 2 (6 ounce) 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
- Heat the oil and butter in a pan over medium heat.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side and set aside.
- Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the wine to the pan and deglaze it.
- Add the broth, lemon juice, honey and capers in the pan and simmer until the liquids have reduce by half, about 2-3 minutes.
- 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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Perfect light dish! I need to make something like this after all the candy I ate.
I like coming here and reading about your everyday meals. Looks delicious!
Just made this dish for the first time. Even my 7 yr old daughter liked it. I did less pepper for her and half the capers. My husband would have liked the full amount of capers so I will do that next time and reduce the salt. I served it with beaded parmasean cauliflower florets. With all the prep between the two dishes it took me about 2 hrs from start to finish. Hoping to learn to make it quicker next time and maybe even prep it the nights before.
lovely recipe and fantastic presentation.
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 says
I love the fresh taste of Chicken piccata! The apple pizza looks great too!
maybelle's mom says
wonderful comfort food.
Simple and delicious. I love lemon!
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says
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.
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…..
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 Ergül says
Lemon, Butter, Capers – my favourite combination too! I have no qualms with making this anytime!
just the perfect dinner… z:)
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!
This is hands-down my favourite entree. Yours is beautiful!
Bellini Valli says
Simple is often the best Kevin. It allows the natural flavours to shine through:D
Chicken piccata is one of my favorites! Your sauce is definitely crying out for some crusty bread to soak it up!
Man I haven’t made that in forever! Makes my taste buds tweak!
Definitely Awesome..Love to taste..great presentation too
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 says
tell me kev…how do you produce and eat all of those good food and stay so slim T_T
Diana Evans says
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??
Marc @ NoRecipes says
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:-)
I LOVE chicken piccata. The lemon with the salty capers is always favorite of mine.
look delicious!! I like chicken breast this type of cooking especially butterflies up! healthy too,right?
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.
oh yum! that’s a great dish for the warmer days!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Lemon, caper, and parsley are so perfect for that chicken breast.
mmm…I Love chicken piccata. Yours looks fabulous!
looks absolutely succulent and perfect! as always a great recipe kevin!
Happy cook says
Just superb and delicious.
Looking to thise capers make me drool.
Clumbsy Cookie says
You are right Kevin, it’s so simple yet it’s delicious. Yours looks cooked up to perfection!
Dana McCauley says
You are so right: simple is usually the best!
Looks really yummy! I wish I could have this now… I am having sandwiches for lunch 🙁
I love that you made a sweet pizza! And this is yet another right-up-my-alley dish, Kevin!
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. 😉
This dish looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing it!
this looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it, I have been looking for some lighter recipes.
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.
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 says
Looks great! I agree that that there’s nothing better than extra sauce to be soaked up by all of the rice!
You always have the nicest presentation!! Looks good!
that looks super good!!!
Maybe I should make it for dinner one of these nights.
I love chicken piccata, I am going to have to try your version! It is so delicious looking (and sounding)!
This is one of my favorites! The capers add so much… and the lemon sauce sounds great!
It looks wonderful the chicken looks cooked to perfection. 🙂
That looks so good! I don’t think that I’ve ever had it before but I definatly want to try it sometime.
This looks like just the kind of light dinner dish I need after my weekend of exceses!!!!
Recipe looks fantastic, and what a great photo. I love that your recipes are all easy and quick, but mighty tasty too.
I just love what lemon does for chicken! Beautiful presentation, as always.
Your piccata looks fabulous. I totally agree on extra sauce. I love the tanginess of the lemons and capers. Yum!
I’ve been craving this dish lately. Your recipes sounds perfect.
I think this should be in my next week menu. It just looks so yum.
LOVE chicken picata! Looks de-lish.
noble pig says
Chicken Piccata has always been one of my favorite meals!
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 says
made this a few days ago and it was delicious despite it being a bit too lemony.
I made this last night for my guy. We LOVED it. Thanks!
Katelyn Mack says
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!
I tried this last night… it was delicious! Thanks!
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.
Adam: Adding pepperoncinis sounds like a good idea. I will have to see if I can find some.
Caitlin Bellah-Trenzano says
This…was…insanely..good. New go to recipe. YUM.
cliff @ livelovepasta says
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 says
have been make piccata for years, but the honey is a new twist and will definitely try this.
Angela LeMoine says
Love this classic Italian dish! Simple & wonderful flavors!
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.
I love the sauce for this recipe! I could pretty much drink piccata sauce.
Little Kitchie says
i LOVE me some chicken piccata. yours looks great!
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 says
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!
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!
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.
Love this recipe! It was so quick an easy to make. Definitely bookmarking it to make it again some other day! Thanks!
Penny C says
Made this a couple nights ago and it was perfect!!
I just made this and it's amazing! 😀 I actually added artichoke hearts to it and it was really good!
Michelle Blair says
I made this for dinner and it was so good!! I added a little dill to mine and the family ate it all up 🙂
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 says
Made this tonight with a variation…no honey, more garlic & added sliced mushrooms. Paired it with mushroom ravioli. Was incredible! !
Irina @ My Indian Taste says
Your chicken piccata looks so delicious! Must try it as soon as possible 🙂
Jan Bow says
Going to Phoenix for awhile and going to play chef, my family is picky, so I have to be creative. This recipe is on the list.
Sandra Perdriel says
Quick and again delicious. As I did in another chicken recipe I used wings as I do not care for breast. Thank you Kevin.
I love this dish. I did take the honey out though because you can really taste it and I don’t like honey. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Maria S. says
Have been making this easy & so delicious chicken recipe quite often, without the honey though as my family prefers. Always enjoyed by family & friends. Thanks for sharing!
Sandra Perdriel says
It was delicious. I don’t care for breasts, so made it with wings. Just had to change the cooking method a bit..
Making it with wings sounds good!
beavis @ i need tp says
cant hear chicken picata without imagining beavis saying it from “beavis and butthead do america”