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I created this Chicken Piccata Pasta when I needed a quick meal with ingredients I had in my kitchen. Chicken tenders, lemon juice and penne pasta married perfectly for this speedy dinner recipe.

Overhead view of Chicken Piccata Pasta on a oval platter

Chicken Piccata Pasta

Our local Junior League cookbook, Winners, is full of treasures. The Eastwood Salad, Pesto Pasta, Beef Tenderloin, and Chicken Piccata are some of my favorite recipes. I can make the chicken piccata without cracking open the cookbook as it’s quite simple plus I’ve made it a zillion times.

I decided to shake things up a bit and use chicken tenders instead of flattened chicken cutlets and toss them with pasta and the flavorful citrus wine sauce. Chicken Pasta of any variety is something I can whip up for an easy dinner with pantry and freezer staples!

Close view of Chicken Piccata Pasta on a platter

Easy, Italian Chicken Piccata Recipe

I took liberty with the classic as I tossed the chicken with al dente penne, but still kept the tart and tasty lemon, wine and caper sauce. Bill thought this was fabulous, though capers still haven’t grown on him. I’m happy to eat his share. As the holidays approach, this is one of those meals that can be on the table in no time. Paired with a green salad and a loaf of crusty bread, this Chicken Piccata Pasta will make for a happy family.

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Piccata Pasta

Chicken Piccata Pasta

An easy, lemony chicken piccata with penne pasta.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, trimmed if needed
  • 1/2 cup Wondra flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon capers


  1. Heat butter and olive oil over medium heat in a large sauce pan.
  2. While butter is melting, mix together the flour and seasoning salt in a large ziptop bag. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture to thicken the sauce later.
  3. Dredge the chicken tenders in the flour mixture. Add to sauce pan and cook until both sides are lightly browned, adjusting heat as needed.
  4. When chicken is browned, add white wine and lemon juice. Cook until liquid reduces. Add chicken broth, then whisk in reserved flour. Cook until liquid thickens slightly.
  5. Mix in penne pasta and capers. Serve hot.

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20 comments on “Chicken Piccata Pasta”

  1. The pasta looks like the perfect dinner ♥

  2. I like these kind of dishes for dinner! It’s easy and “gourmand”. x

  3. Sounds good! Piccata is on my list of things to try… maybe soon:@)

  4. Those chicken tenders look really juicy and delicious!

  5. This is one of my favorite dishes…it is always a crowd pleaser.

  6. What a great looking dish, Liz. I can see a busy mom making this on a weekday night. When I first saw the photos, I wondered what Bill’s reaction was, thank you for the update with the capers, JT doesn’t like them either. Very pretty dish.

  7. We will really enjoy this recipe, Liz!

  8. Oh looks like a great week meal without too much fuss and I love capers ! The more the better!

  9. Excellent! If Chicken Piccata is on the menu, that’s my pick! I love lemon and capers. Nice that it can be made quickly for dinner.

  10. This sounds like the perfect hearty, comfort food meal for a dreary November day! Your dish looks simply scrumptious! I love that there is lemon juice added – yum!

  11. I love my Jr League cookbooks.

    Just checking that you meant 1/4 cup wine versus the 14 cups you have listed.

  12. It seems pasta pairs well with just about anything. Of course Chicken Piccata isn’t “just anything”. It looks like a wonderful combination!

  13. I don’t know which one to choose! All of them are pretty amazing!

  14. Looks like a quick ‘n easy winning supper for sure…thinking shrimp might work wonders with the lovely penne, too =)

  15. I can’t get enough of those easy-to-make, delicious meals for weeknights! This one looks terrific.

  16. Hi Liz – this is a fabulous dish, so flavorful with the citrus and wine. Truth is, I haven’t had lunch yet and now I’m just CRAVING your Chicken Piccata! I like using chicken tenders too – they’re quick and save valuable time!

  17. I love a delicious quick meal, especially at this busy time of year- this sounds good to me! I have several Junior League cookbooks and love them all! 🙂

  18. After shopping, after trimming the tree, or you need dinner in a hurry; all perfect occasions for this meal. In my fridge, there’s a half jar of capers and I still don’t know where they came from but they will be put to good use.

  19. I love chicken piccata, what a great meal for a weeknight or even a Sunday supper!

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