Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata


Creamy lemon chicken piccata is an amazing easy-to-cook dish. This recipe is absolutely packed with flavor, and even makes its own sauce to complete the meal! The chicken is cooked in a delicious combination of crispy bread crumbs, prosciutto, mushrooms, capers, and a lemony cream sauce.

The freshness of the lemon and capers cut through the creamy sauce for a fine balance of flavors. This can be served over pasta or used as the filling for chicken pot pies. It’s perfect for both everyday cooking and entertaining your guests! In fact, after you take the chicken out of the Italian bread crumbs, you won’t spend more than 10-15 minutes on preparation before dinner is in your belly!

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

A quick and easy one-pot meal that is on the dinner table in 30 minutes! Tender breaded chicken in a creamy lemon sauce that the entire family will love!

Chicken is a favorite protein around here with its mild flavor, you can do so many delicious recipes! You have to try these favorites, Lemon Chicken, Fried Rice, and Noodle Soup!

Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata

One of our favorite meals of the week was this Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata. My favorite part was that it was a one-pot meal and ready on the dinner table in 30 minutes!  It is just like the classic chicken piccata dish, but with the added lemon tang. It gives such a fresh and delicious taste to this creamy sauce. The chicken has a delicious breading on the outside and it is perfectly served over some pasta. Everyone in my family loved this meal. It had such a delicious flavor and will be one that we make again and again!

This American Italian favorite is so creamy and delicious. Piccata literally means, pounded flat and cooked in a sauce of lemon, parsley, and butter. Done in one pan and in 30 minutes means you can have an incredible meal on the table in no time. Do not be scared of the capers. They really make the dish amazing. If you have never had them, this is the perfect dish to try them with. You have to try this creamy lemon piccata!

Ingredients for Lemon Chicken

Super simple ingredients come together to make an irresistible meal. Serve this with a nice green salad and some rolls and you have dinner made!

  • Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded flat if needed.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste.
  • Flour: Creates a nice breading on the chicken.
  • Butter: Adds flavor besides a frying agent.
  • Olive Oil: Also used to cook and add flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: Flavoring and adds to the sauce.
  • Lemons: Fresh whole lemons
  • Heavy Cream: Can substitute half and half, but won’t be as creamy in texture.
  • Capers: Look for these with the pickles and jarred pepperoncini
  • Parsley: this is optional.
  • Angel Hair Pasta: Can substitute spaghetti noodles if you would like.

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Making Perfect Lemon Chicken Piccata

Take the time if you need to, to pound your chicken the same size or at least thinned out. You won’t regret it. They will cook faster and more evenly.

  1. Chicken: Heat 2 Tablespoons butter and 2 Tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper each side of the chicken breasts
  2. If They Are Thick: If the chicken breasts are overly thick, pound them to be thinner. Cooking time will be shorter.
  3. Flour: Dredge the chicken in the flour
  4. Brown: Put the chicken breasts in the skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked throughout and no longer pink. Remove from the skillet and set aside on a plate.
  5. Sauce: Turn the heat to medium-low. Add broth juice from both lemons, heavy cream, and capers. Bring the sauce to a boil and return to medium-low heat. Test the sauce and season with salt and pepper as needed. Allow the sauce to cook and bubble for about 3 minutes.
  6. Dish: Serve the chicken over cooked pasta and spoon the sauce over broth. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.

What are Capers?

If you have never had capers before, this is the perfect introduction. Typically served alongside chicken and salmon dishes, they add a ton of flavor. Capers are under ripened flower buds of plants known as the caper bush. The capers are picked and dried. Then they are pickled to create this tangy, salty, and briny flavor that is out of this world yummy.

These little pea-sized condiments produce a big flavor. A little goes a long way. Use them in salads, pasta, and chicken. Because of their lemony-like flavor, they are a favorite with fish. Give these other recipes a try that spotlight the wonders of capers. Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce, Pasta Puttanesca with Chicken, and Lemon Salmon Piccata.

Tips and Variations for Creamy Chicken Piccata

There are a few tips and variations you can do with chicken piccata, but this recipe is perfect just the way it is.

  • Noodles: Truly any kind of pasta can be used to serve this scrumptious lemon piccata dish. You can also serve it over steamed vegetables, rice, zucchini noodles, or anything else that seems delicious.
  • Chicken: Make sure your chicken is thin, you can pound it thin or slice it in half, either way, will create the size you are looking for.
  • Flour:  You need the flour to create a great crust on the chicken and for the sauce to stick to.
  • Fresh Lemons: Do not use bottled lemon juice. It will not taste the same and could actually ruin your dish. In this recipe, keep it to the real thing.
  • Capers:  Some find the capers too salty, if you are afraid of that, just rinse the capers before adding.

How to Store Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

Keep this in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Warm leftovers in the microwave. It is best to store it separately from the pasta or whatever you are serving it with if you can.

Main Ingredients Needed

The Meat – The Substance of the Dish. 

You can use boneless skinless chicken (as I did in this recipe), veal, pork, or even white fish. For any of these meats except the fish, you’ll want to either slice them horizontally or pound them thinly.

Lemons – The Highlight of the Dish. 

The beauty of the dish, in my opinion, is the charred lemon slices that sit atop the chicken breasts. I got the idea of charring the lemons from a Cooking Light recipe that I came across years ago. Make sure and slice the lemons fairly thick so they don’t turn to mush when they cook in the skillet.

The juice of a lemon is what delivers the tart citrusy pop in the sauce. It’s what makes the Lemon Chicken Piccata so enticing. But if you use too much, it is “too much” and you’ll know it. It’ll taste bitter and sour. If that’s the case, add a little bit of sugar to the finished sauce and it should soften it a bit.

Shallots, Garlic and Thyme – The Aromatics of the Dish. 

These are the ingredients that give the dish depth and dimension. Shallots are milder than onions which are nice here because they don’t compete with the other flavors just enhance them. Garlic when cooked right in this recipe takes on a sweet subtle flavor because of its caramelization. And then thyme is a perfect complement that freshens the dish.

Heavy Cream and Butter – The Creaminess of the Dish. 

Heavy cream and butter!! I know exactly what you’re thinking. All of those calories and the fat content. Ugh! My philosophy – every once in a while it’s okay and actually nice to treat yourself and splurge a bit. This is a splurge kind of meal. You can use half and half (or whole milk) if you prefer and use more olive oil and less butter, but it does take away from the richness of the Lemon Chicken Piccata and it will take longer for the sauce to thicken.

Dry White Wine – The Acidity of the Dish. 

Wine in a recipe is designed to accent the flavor and aroma of the food not to mask the flavor of whatever you are cooking. It should enhance the dish.  If you don’t have wine on hand or would rather cook without it, you can substitute the same amount of chicken broth in its place.

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Capers – The Briny Addition to the Dish. 

These small little green buds pack a powerful flavor punch. It doesn’t take a lot of them either. One-fourth of a cup is what I used in this Piccata recipe and it gave the perfect amount of salty briny addition.

A quick and easy one-pot meal that is on the dinner table in 30 minutes!  Tender breaded chicken in a creamy lemon sauce that the entire family will love!

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
    Whole Boneless Skinless
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Lemons whole
  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • parsley for garnish, chopped
  • 1 pound Angel Hair Pasta

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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