Classic Chicken Piccata

A great weeknight dish, served alongside mash or crushed new potatoes
A great weeknight dish, served alongside mash or crushed new potatoes
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3 Chicken Breast large, halves, skinned, boned and sliced into 1/2-inch discs
1/2 Lemon cut into thin slices
1/4 cup Lemon juice
2 tbsp Drained capers patted dry rinsed
3 tbsp Butter
1 clove Garlic crushed
1/2 cup Plain flour
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 cup Chicken broth reduced salt
2 tbsp Parsley flat-leaf
1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
1/2 tsp Black pepper or to taste

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Classic Chicken Piccata


For a fresh and zingy chicken recipe, try my Classic Chicken Piccata. Piccata is an Italian dish, and a pretty famous one at that. If you see a dish with ‘piccata’ in the title, it will usually mean that the meat (or fish) has been sliced and gently sauteed, before being served in a sauce of lemon juice, butter and capers. It’s rich and buttery, but the lemon and capers give the dish a sharp, sour note which helps to balance it, making it deliciously fresh.

In my version, I flour the chicken medallions before frying them, so they get properly browned, adding lots of extra flavor.

Chicken piccata is a great weeknight dish, served alongside mash or crushed new potatoes to soak up all that delicious buttery sauce!

To make Classic Chicken Piccata, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Classic Chicken Piccata

So, how to make Classic Chicken Piccata?

Steps to make Classic Chicken Piccata


Heat the oven and warm a serving dish


Preheat the oven to 200°F. Put a serving dish inside to warm.


Prepare the chicken medallions


Tip the flour into a shallow dish. Season the chicken medallions with salt and pepper and then dip them in the flour until fully coated. Shake off the excess flour.


Cook the chicken


Place a large pan over a high heat and add the vegetable oil. Once hot, fry the medallions in batches for about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Don’t crowd the pan and replenish the oil as needed.


Keep the chicken warm


Once cooked, lay the medallions in the dish in the oven to keep warm.


Cook the garlic


Once the chicken has been cooked, drain the oil from the pan, leaving only a teaspoonful. Add the garlic and cook for half a minute, until fragrant.


Pour in the chicken broth


Add the chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to incorporate the brown bits.


Add the lemon slices


Add the lemon slices. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring every now and again, until the sauce has reduced by half.


Add the lemon juice and capers


Add the lemon juice and capers. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.


Stir in the butter


Add the butter and gently incorporate it by swirling the mixture in the pan.


Add the parsley


Stir in the parlesy, then remove from the heat.




Take the chicken out of the oven and divide between plates. Ladle the sauce over to serve.

Juicy chicken and a buttery lemon sauce are what makes this Classic Chicken Piccata a real winner - and it’s not at all tricky to make! Have a go and let me know how you find it. Don’t forget to tag your piccata pics with #cookmerecipes!

Jeff is a 38-year-old bachelor who prefers not to waste his time on salads and light meals. He’s a true carnivore who knows how to enjoy food to the max! Jeff will tell you how to cook rich and filling meals from scratch, bringing some real meaty decadence to your kitchen. His recipes are sure to satisfy every meat lover!

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Total Reviews: 18
Collins Lekander

Ate this cold at work today for lunch but it was still delicious even if i couldnt warm it up.

Greta Lannie

Italian food is my favorite and this classic piccata is my top 5 for sure, the first favorite being the italian stuffed chicken which I put some sundried tomatos in too.

Natalya Longo

Can't wait to find more meals just as tasty as this, thanks cookme.

Alianna Zitterkopf

Juicy and buttery just like it says in the description, perfect lunch or dinner for two!

Laylah Etuk

Thanks to a meal made simple my dinner turned out absolutely fabulous!!

Amiya Kubicek

Took a bit longer than the estimated time to cook the chicken throughly but it was perfectly spiced up and affordable so i'd reccomend it for sure.

Danica Dicicco

Chicken piccata is really good and even made a cheesy garlic bread as a side dish for this which goes pretty well.

Malaya Loperena

Totally loved it! my kids also devoured the entire thing which was a good sign that i did something right lol.

Yaritza Hebrink

My first time ever making Italian food, wish me luck!

Taliyah Askar

I added a bit of mozzarella and paramesan cheese on the top of this meal which made it even more flavorful and delicious, would recommend adding any type of cheese to it since the chicken and spices go well with the taste :)

Lillie Mangabat

Super zesty because of the amount of lemon in this recipe but it was tasty nontheless though when i make it again i'll be cutting down on the lemon.

Leilah Gauze

Had this with yellow rice rather than pasta to make it a lighter meal.

Anneliese Feigelson

Takes too long to make, it took me two hours rather than 1 and 20 minutse.

Mabel Brekken

Very satisfying meal and healthy too though a little less lemon juice wouldve gone a long way.

Lainey Masangcay

Too much parsley ruins the taste would recommend 1 tbsp only insted of 2.


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