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Lemon Chicken Piccata

5 from 3 votes
Created by Mariam E.
This Lemon Chicken Piccata serves up succulent chicken in a delicious lemon, caper, garlic sauce. So easy to make
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Chicken, Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 large chicken breast skinless
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flower
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper freshly cracked
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil lightly flavored
  • 1 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 3 tbsps. butter unsalted
  • 2 tbsps. capers
  • 6 whole garlic cloves optional
  • 1 whole lemon squeezed, or less to taste
  • 1 whole lemon sliced


  • Slice to cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Using a meat mallet, beat the chicken breasts lightly to even out the thickness.
  • Salt and pepper the chicken breasts and drench them in the flour to coat well.
  • Bring a nonstick skillet to medium heat. Add in the olive oil and butter. Pan sear the chicken breasts on each side for 5 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Set aside.
  • In the same skillet, toss in the garlic cloves to caramelize them until fragrant. This step is optional. If you are passing on the garlic, skip this step.
  • Add in the chicken broth, capers, lemon juice and simmer for a few minutes to deglaze the pan. Taste for salt and pepper before moving to the next step. Since the capers are salty, I usually don't add any more salt.
  • Return the chicken into the pan and add cover with the sauce. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add in some lemon wedges and chopped parsley for garnishing.


  • Add 1/4 cup heavy cream to make it creamy.
  • Chicken breast should be even in side and thickness to cook through evenly.
  • Use fresh lemon juice, not store bought bottles lemon juice.
  • Add lemon zest for a more lemony flavor.
  • If you would like to reduce the salt intensity of the capers, you can keep them in water for 30 minutes and drain before adding to the meal.
  • If you would like to cut the carbs more in this meal, you can skip dipping the chicken in flour and use almond flour or grated parmesan cheese.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 869mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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