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Chicken Piccata


Italian fried chicken cutlets braised in butter, capers, white wine, and lemon sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken, Family Favorites, Piccata
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: athomewithrebecka


For the Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts pounded to about ¼ inch thick or cut thinly
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour omit for keto-friendly version
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons butter more as needed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup Pinot Grigio or other crisp white wine
  • ½ lemon juiced about 1 ½ tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoon capers drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • Lemon wedges


  • Combine the flour, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in hot oil. Add two or three breaded chicken cutlets to the hot pan and about 4-5 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Cook chicken in batches adding more butter and oil as necessary. Remove cooked chicken to a pan and keep warm.
  • After the chicken is cooked, melt ¼ cup butter in the same pan. Add flour and make a roux. Whisk until smooth. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Gradually stir in chicken broth whisking after each addition until smooth.
  • Add lemon juice, white wine, and capers. Simmer 3 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  • Add the cooked chicken back to the pan and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve with your favorite pasta.


For best results, be sure to use a good drinking wine when making the recipe. Remember if you wouldn't drink it, don't cook with it. I used a delicious Pinot Grigio which I also served with the meal.
When making chicken piccata serve with your favorite pasta. For low carb version, substitute Zucchini Noodles or Cauliflower Rice.