Chicken Piccata Pasta is a quick, flavorful meal made with ingredients typically found in my kitchen. Chicken tenders, lemon juice, capers, and penne pasta marry perfectly in this Italian inspired dinner recipe.

This Lemon Chicken with capers and penne is family-friendly and easy enough for a weeknight meal.

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 Lemon Chicken with Pasta

I took liberty with the classic piccata recipe 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.

What is Piccata?

You may have eaten chicken or the more classic veal piccata at an Italian restaurant, but do you know what the word piccata means? Piccata is an Italian word for veal escalope, a classic entree made of a thin, flattened piece of veal that is seasoned, dredged in flour, and sauteed.

It’s served in a pan sauce made with the pan drippings, lemon juice, and parsley. The chicken version is prepared in a similar manner.

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Chicken Piccata Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings

An easy, lemony chicken piccata with penne pasta.


  • 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.
  3. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture to thicken the sauce later.
  4. Dredge the chicken tenders in the flour mixture. Add to sauce pan and cook until both sides are lightly browned, adjusting heat as needed.
  5. When chicken is browned, add white wine and lemon juice. Cook until liquid reduces.
  6. Add chicken broth, then whisk in reserved flour. Cook until liquid thickens slightly.
  7. Mix in penne pasta and capers. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 608Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1284mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 25g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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