Savory, Italian-Inspired Chicken Piccata

March 16, 2019

Chicken Piccata

You won't believe how quick and easy it is to make this tangy and decadent Italian dinner.

Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Ella Jewett


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 oz flour all-purpose
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp butter divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1/4 cup shallots finely chopped
  • 4 medium garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth divided
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp capers drained
  • 3 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley coarsely chopped


  1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; with a meat hammer, pound the chicken to 1/2-inch thickness. Place 1 teaspoon of flour in a small bowl, and place remaining flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over both sides of the chicken. Dredge the chicken in flour in a shallow dish and shake off the excess.

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan and swirl it around to coat. Add the chicken to pan and sauté for 4 minutes on each side or whenever it's done. Remove chicken from pan and keep it warm.

  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the pan and coat it with a swirl. Add shallots to the pan and sauté and stir frequently for 3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine and bring to a boil, scraping the pan to loosen any browned bits that clump up. Cook everything until the liquid has almost evaporated, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup broth to reserved 1 teaspoon flour and stir until it becomes smooth. Add the remaining 1/2 cup broth to pan and bring it to a boil. Cook for about five minutes until it's reduced by half. Stir in the flour mixture, then cook for 1 minute or until slightly thick, while continuing to frequently stir. Remove it from the heat and; stir in the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, juice, and capers (lot of stirring, huh?). Place 1 chicken breast half on each of the 4 plates and top each with about 2 tablespoons sauce. Sprinkle each serving with about 2 teaspoons parsley and you're done.


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