Homemade Chicken Piccata

$7.27 recipe / $1.45 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
5 from 24 votes
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Need a main dish that’s full of flavor but only requires a few ingredients? I’ve got you covered. This Chicken Piccata recipe is simple and flavorful, but totally restaurant quality and elegant enough to impress a date or your in-laws. When garlic and lemon come together with briny capers, creamy butter, and fresh parsley, you just can’t lose.

Pan full of lemony, briny, buttery, and garlicky Chicken Piccata.

What is Chicken Piccata?

Chicken Piccata is an Italian dish made with thinly sliced chicken that has been lightly dredged in flour, cooked until golden brown in a skillet, then drenched with a deliciously buttery lemon caper sauce. You can also make piccata with veal, but we’re Budget Bytes, so I think we’ll stick with chicken. ;) Either way, this dish is a simple classic that is sure to impress.

Where’s the Wine??

The lemon caper sauce in Chicken Piccata is traditionally made with white wine, but I didn’t have any on hand (I know, I was shocked too), so I subbed it with chicken broth. The sauce was still so good that I wanted to drink it straight out of the skillet, so I didn’t feel like I was missing out. But, if you have wine around, by all means, use it in place of the chicken broth in this dish!

What to serve with Chicken Piccata

The serving size might seem small (each piece is about the size of a deck of cards), so I suggest bulking out your meal by serving the Chicken Piccata over plain buttered pasta, or if you want something fancier, try this lemon parsley pasta. The flavors in this dish also go beautifully with asparagus, green beans, or broccoli. Or, just serve it with a green side salad and some garlic bread for a classic meal.

Close up of capers and parsley on top of a piece of Chicken Piccata with lemon garlic sauce.
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Delicious Homemade Chicken Piccata

5 from 24 votes
This rich Chicken Piccata in a buttery lemon caper sauce is a fast, easy, and elegant answer to your weeknight dinner with just a few simple ingredients!
This rich and tangy Chicken Piccata is a fast, easy, and elegant answer to dinner. With just a few ingredients and a lot of flavor! BudgetBytes.com
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 45 minutes


  • 1 fresh lemon ($0.79)
  • 1/4 bunch Italian parsley ($0.25)
  • 3 cloves garlic ($0.24)
  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs) ($4.99)
  • Pinch salt and pepper ($0.05)
  • 1/2 cup flour ($0.03)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.26)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.27)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth* ($0.07)
  • 1 Tbsp capers ($0.40)


  • Prepare the lemon, parsley, and garlic so they’re ready to go when you need them. Roughly chop the parsley leaves, juice the lemon, and mince the garlic. Set these ingredients aside.
  • Trim the chicken breasts of excess fat. Cover them with plastic wrap and pound them with a mallet or rolling pin until they are an even thickness (about 1/2-3/4 inch thick). Cut each chicken breast in half so that you have four to six pieces about the size of the palm of your hand. Season both sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet, over medium heat. While the oil is heating, place the flour in a bowl and lightly coat each piece of chicken on both sides. When the oil is very hot but not smoking, add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until golden brown on each side (about 3-5 minutes on each side). Cook the chicken in batches, if needed, to prevent them from overcrowding the skillet. Transfer the browned chicken on a clean plate.
  • After removing the chicken from the skillet, turn the heat down to medium-low and add the butter and minced garlic. Sauté the garlic in the butter for about one minute. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice to the skillet and whisk to dissolve (or “deglaze”) the brown bits off of the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the capers and half of the chopped parsley to the skillet. Increase the heat to medium, add the chicken back to the skillet, and spoon the sauce over top. Allow the chicken to simmer in the sauce for 3-5 minutes, without a lid, or until the sauce reduces by half. The flour on the chicken will help thicken the sauce as it simmers. Sprinkle the remaining parsley over top just before serving.

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*I use Better Than Bouillon to mix up the exact amount of broth needed, when needed.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 448.63kcalCarbohydrates: 14.45gProtein: 53.08gFat: 18.28gSodium: 436.05mgFiber: 1.23g
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A skillet of prepared Chicken Piccata with lemon garlic sauce and capers.

How to Make Chicken Piccata – Step By Step Photos

Lemon Parsley and Garlic for Chicken Piccata
Start by preparing the sauce ingredients. Pull the leaves from about 1/4 bunch of parsley and then give them a rough chop. Juice the lemon (you’ll want between 1/3 cup and 1/2 cup, it’s flexible). Mince three cloves of garlic.

Pound Chicken Breasts for Chicken PIccata
This recipe will make enough sauce for about 2 pounds of chicken breasts, or 2-3 boneless skinless breasts, depending on their size. I had two breasts left in my freezer, one of which was rather large. Place the chicken on a cutting board and cover with a large piece of plastic wrap. Use a mallet or rolling pin to gently pound the chicken, concentrating on the thicker end, until the piece is an even thickness from one end to the other (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick).

Dredged Chicken Breasts for Chicken Piccata
Next, cut each piece of pounded chicken into 2 (or three if it’s extra large) pieces about the size of the palm of your hand. Season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place 1/2 cup flour in a wide shallow bowl and dip each piece of chicken in the flour until it is lightly coated on each side.

Browned Chicken for Chicken Piccata
Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until it is shimmering. Add the chicken pieces and cook on each side until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes each side). Cook the chicken in two batches if your skillet is on the smaller side, to prevent over crowding, which will cause the juices to pool. You want some of the flour and chicken to brown on the bottom of the skillet.

Sauté Garlic in Butter for Chicken Piccata
Once the chicken has browned, remove it to a clean plate and turn the heat down to medium-low. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and the minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté for about one minute or just until the garlic is softened a bit.

Deglaze Pan for Chicken Piccata
Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and the lemon juice to the skillet. Stir or whisk until all the browned bits are dissolved off the bottom.

Add Capers and Parsley to Chicken Piccata
Add half of the chopped parsley and 1 Tbsp capers to the sauce. Return the chicken pieces to the skillet and spoon the sauce over top. Allow the skillet to return to a simmer. Continue simmer for 3-5 minutes without a lid, or until the sauce is reduced by half. Spoon the sauce over the chicken a few times as it simmers.

Finished Chicken Piccata in the skillet with parsley sprinkled over top and lemon slices scattered throughout.
Garnish with the remaining chopped parsley just before serving. I also happened to have an extra lemon, so I added lemon slices for visual effect, but you don’t need them for flavor. The sauce is QUITE flavorful on its own.

Lemon garlic pan sauce being drizzled over a piece of Chicken Piccata with capers and parsley.
Oooh that sauce. Make sure to serve it over pasta, rice, or with a slice of bread to sop up that goodness!!

Close up of Chicken Piccata with lemon garlic sauce, capers, and parsley.
I thought I’d give you a close-up shot of that Chicken Piccata so that you can be jealous.

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  1. Delicious! I did add a dry white wine. Love that you added chicken piccata and chicken marsala recipes to the site. These are my mom’s favorite recipes and I like to be able to make them for her. <3

  2. Amazing dish! Made it with a Greek rice and it was so good. Love your recipes, thank you so much!

  3. Great and easy recipe. I made this for my friend who is taking care of her mom and it was delicious. I wish I could post a pic. I used wine and an extra lemon bc we like it super lemony.

  4. This is better than any chicken piccata you’d find in a pricey restaurant!! I doubled the sauce so I would have extra to serve over mashed potatoes.

  5. This is one of my favorites! I’ve made it twice now – both times it’s been hands down the best chicken I’ve cooked. Will be adding this to my monthly rotation for sure!

  6. This was very delicious and my whole family loved it! I highly recommend tripling the sauce so you can soak it up with some crusty bread or put on top of mashed potatoes or rice. Definitely making this recipe again!

  7. Seriously loved this! It felt fancy, but was still simple enough to make. This is one to impress with!

  8. Delicious! The flavors blend together so well. I let the chicken cook a bit longer to make it even more tender. My family loved it!

  9. i didn’t even know i could make chicken this soft and delicious. it was amazing. my boyfriend and i fought over the leftovers lol

  10. EXCELLENT! I used twice as much butter, zested the lemon, used chicken bone broth, and used lemon pepper grinder vs salt and pepper. Just WOW! I will be using this recipe as a base forever! Thank you!

  11. Thank you for this recipe.. So easy and delicious!! Will definitely make this again and try you other chicken recipes.

  12. I had chicken breasts in the fridge and no idea what to do, thank god i found this recipe. It was so easy and you get juicy chicken. I did everything minus the capers just seasoned the liquid a bit and i had very good results!

  13. Hi Beth – your tweet brought me here. Can I substitute for or leave out the capers entirely? I don’t like them and hate to buy them just for this dish when I have no intention of eating them anyway.

    1. Yes, it will still be pretty tasty without the capers. I enjoy their salty/briny flavor in this, but if you’re not a fan of that, you’ll probably like it better without! You’ll still have a delicious lemony chicken. :)

    2. Eric, the first time I cooked with capers, I felt the same way. They were too salty/briny for me. However, after cooking pork piccata for my family, who LOVE my pork piccata, I think you might try something before giving up on capers altogether. Before starting your cooking, drain the capers, then SOAK THEM in water while waiting to use them in the recipe. Then, just before adding the capers to the recipe, drain them. The capers still have the wonderful flavor without all the bite and briny flavor. It really made the difference for me! Hope this helps.