Quick Chicken Piccata

Quick Chicken Piccata

World Cuisine European Italian

These quick and easy pan-fried chicken breasts are topped with a simple pan sauce made with capers, butter, white wine, and lemon juice.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 321
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 25m


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • all-purpose flour for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped


  • 1   Place chicken breasts between 2 layers of plastic wrap and pound to about 1/2-inch thick.
  • 2   Season both sides of chicken breasts with cayenne, salt, and black pepper; dredge lightly in flour and shake off any excess.
  • 3   Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the pan, reduce heat to medium, and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side; remove to a plate.
  • 4   Cook capers in reserved oil, smashing them lightly to release brine, until warmed though, about 30 seconds.
  • 5   Pour white wine into skillet. Scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
  • 6   Stir lemon juice, water, and butter into the reduced wine mixture; cook and stir continuously to form a thick sauce, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir parsley through the sauce.
  • 7   Return chicken breasts to the pan cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with sauce spooned over the top.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 18.2g 28%
    Saturated Fat 7.0g  
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 224mg 9%
Potassium 259mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 8.4g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Protein 24.7g 49%
Sugars 1g  
Vitamin A 469IU  
Vitamin C 10mg  
Calcium 23mg  
Iron 1mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 16mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 30mg  
Folate 23mcg