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Easy and Delicious Chicken Piccata Recipe

Updated on August 11, 2011

Fast and Easy Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is easy and fast to make, but is elegant enough for a fancy dinner. This chicken piccata recipe can be made in just a few minutes. You'll love this seasoned chicken breast covered with a smooth buttery lemon sauce and topped with a few sassy capers. Yum!

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Chicken Piccata Recipe

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4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves

3 tablespoons butter, room temperature

1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour

Additional all purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup dry white wine (or broth)

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup canned low-salt chicken broth

1/4 cup drained capers (optional, but tasty)

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1. Place chicken between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap. Using meat pounder or rolling pin, lightly pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Mix 1 tablespoon butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons flour in small bowl until smooth. Place additional flour in shallow baking dish. Dip chicken into flour to coat; shake off excess.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet. Add chicken and cook until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to platter; tent with foil to keep warm.

3. Bring wine, lemon juice and broth to boil in 1 skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in butter-flour mixture and cook until sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Stir in capers, parsley and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

What are capers?

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Capers are the little flower buds of a spiny shrub called Capparis spinosa, native to the Meditteranean. The buds are picked and dried. When dry, the capers are brined in vinegar, wine or salt.

Fresh out of the jar, capers are too salty, so rinse them well in a strainer before adding them to dishes. Capers impart a sharp, almost lemony taste to foods. Since they are such a strong flavor, you need to use just a few.

You can find capers in glass jars near the olives at your grocery store.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      This sounds delicious to me! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      JaneEyre9999 5 years ago

      This is my "signature" dish. So easy and so delicious. I also do it with thin sliced turkey breast, tenders and chicken cutlets. I've tried scallops, too. They were delicious but didn't have the same "eye" appeal as a platter of chicken piccata.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I love chicken piccata too! I make mine w/ a heavier sauce (but that's because I'm a sauce fiend!) Yummy! I'm off to your marsala recipe next. :)

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      sandybid 6 years ago

      My favorite place to order this out is at Macaroni Grill, it's amazing. This recipe inspires me to try it at home now, thanks.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      Yummy. Yummy. Yummy. Yummy. Ohhhh. I love chicken, and this looks so delicious. I will have to try it.

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      lapetitefrog 7 years ago

      This looks so delicious and simple to make. Great recipe!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Excellent lens. Thank you 5*

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      Celticozarkian 9 years ago

      This looks yummy and I love capers! I have added you to my 1 chicken, three meals site. A chicken in every pot!!

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe and helpful vid :) Definitely makin' this for tonight's dinner *****

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      jfield 9 years ago

      Lovely lens. I've added it to a list of lenses focused on chicken for my "Lazy Braising" page. I'll be publishing soon. Please stop by:-)

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      More delicious food! Yum! When is dinner?

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      VBright 9 years ago

      Wow, you have been busy!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      The Chicken Piccata looks delicious.