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Easy Skillet Chicken Piccata is a delectable entree that you can have on your plate in 30 minutes or less. Who doesn’t love that?

Easy Skillet Chicken Piccata on a round white plate with a lettuce salad

Easy Skillet Chicken Piccata


Chicken piccata is the dinner I make when I have absolutely nothing planned. There are always capers and a lemon in the fridge, a bottle of dry vermouth in the liquor cabinet, and chicken in the freezer. It’s easy, elegant and tasty; you can’t beat that!

My weeknight dinners are typically quick and, of course, flavorful. I keep my days pretty busy, even hectic at times, so I like to have a repertoire of meals that go from stove to table in less than an hour. This recipe is ready even faster than that! This super easy skillet Chicken Piccata is always at the top of the list.

Easy Skillet Chicken Piccata on a rectangular white platter

What is Piccata Sauce?

Any dish served “piccata” style is made with a lemon, butter and caper sauce. Often a bit of white wine is used to deglaze the pan.

Typically made with a thin or pounded piece of meat like chicken or pork,  or fish, but even vegetables can be made with a piccata sauce. The word piccata in French translates to piquant or a pleasantly sharp or appetizing flavor.

What Should I Serve with Chicken Piccata?

My dinner menus always have a protein source, vegetable and starch. With this chicken piccata, I like to serve a simple vegetable like a roasted medley, roasted broccoli or green beans. A tossed salad is a nice addition as well. Keep the colors of your selections in mind and aim for a colorful vegetable to bring life to your plate.

For the starch, a long grain and wild rice mixture is lovely as are mashed, hasselback or roasted potatoes.

Easy Skillet Chicken Piccata on a white tray with lemon slices and capers

Tips for Making this Easy Chicken Piccata!

I first found this recipe in our local Junior League cookbook, Winners, but now I just wing it.

  • I place boneless, skinnless chicken breasts in a ziploc bag and gently pound them with a meat mallet.
  • I dip flattened chicken breasts in another ziploc bag in which I’ve placed the seasoned flour. Using seasoned flour provides better flavor than just salting the chicken after it’s been cooked.
  • Sautรฉd in the combination of butter and olive oil provides flavor (butter) and an increased smoke point (olive oil).
  • The last step is to deglaze the pan with white wine and lemon juice. This helps bring up the “fond” or crusty bits at the bottom or the pan which adds even more flavor.
  • If you’re concerned about adding wine, alcohol is a flavor inhancer and most will burn off during the cooking process. Feel free to leave out the alcohol if that’s your preference.
  • Adding capers is up to you, but you should try them at least once! The pickled, salty berries are a delicious contribution to any piccata!

I hope you will add this to your weekday dinner repertoire. From start to finish, this chicken piccata can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes

PS…no, Bill does not eat the capers. I don’t think the kids do either. More for me.

More Easy Dinner Recipes

If you love these flavors, try my Chicken Piccata Pasta. Another family favorite are my Skillet Italian Sausage and Peppers SandwichesTator Tot Hot Dish is another marvelous skillet meal as is this Skillet Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie.

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Easy Skillet Chicken Piccata on a round white plate with a lettuce salad

Easy Skillet Chicken Piccata

An scrumptious dinner that can be on the table in just 30 minutes!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Chicken
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded with meat mallet to flatten to an even thickness
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 24 tablespoons butter
  • 24 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (I use vermouth)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • Minced fresh parsley to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and olive oil in large saute pan.
  2. Mix flour and seasoning salt in large ziploc bag. Add chicken breast and shake to coat the chicken in flour. Shake off excess, then place chicken into hot pan. Repeat with rest of chicken and cook each till golden brown on each side and cooked through. Add more butter and olive oil if needed. Remove to plate and cover with foil.
  3. Add wine to hot pan and scrape up drippings. Add lemon juice and reduce liquid by half. Return chicken to pan and coat in juices. Place on serving platter and sprinkle with capers and parsley.

 

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46 comments on “Easy Skillet Chicken Piccata”

  1. Great looking basically delicious recipe! We love capers. This could be on the menu this week. Thanks Liz.

  2. I just ate recently but I’m hungry again now. And for some reason, I want chicken.

  3. My favourite way of enjoying chicken breast! The lemon makes it so succulent and tender. Yum.

  4. This is one of those meals I know I’d love but still haven’t made… Gotta get on that!:@)

  5. Simple and tasty is always best on a week night. I should add this to my repertoire too.
    Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This is one recipe I’ll be making soon. And my husband doesn’t eat capers either. I’m with you – more for me to enjoy.

  7. Save some capers for me! I can eat ’em by the spoonful!

  8. I love chicken with white wine and lemon – always so satisfying!

  9. Pork Piccata is one of my fave dishes, but I’ve yet to try Chix. Bet it tastes great too, Liz!

  10. Can’t believe that Bill doesn’t like capers! That is one of our favorite ingredients!! We love the salty briny taste! Adds so much flavor!

  11. In love with your warm, cozy photos ๐Ÿ™‚
    Loved that simple yet beautiful chicken recipe. (And you have one more follower) ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. They don’t eat the capers? How can they not eat the capers? I love capers…nd this is one of my favorite chicken recipes, too. Do it with fish also.

  13. Before I remembered that I was actually supposed to post a Weekday Supper tomorrow, I was going to post chicken piccata. It is one of my favorite dishes. I’ll take Bill’s capers. I always triple up on them for my plate.

  14. Dear friend Liz
    This recipe goes to my list of quick and delicious meals, sure to be cooked many times because I like all the ingredients and loved the end result.
    As always, your suggestions are brilliant!
    kisses

  15. Looks simple but perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. It is looking great although without capers, which I love a lot.

  17. Quick ‘n easy yet elegant and accented with Vermouth. Perfect supper…And then if there are leftovers, I imagine the chicken makes yummy sandwich meat =)

  18. I too love capers!! Fried capers taste great too.
    Your chicken piccata looks succulent and yum, Liz.

  19. Liz, Admittedly I haven’t made a chicken piccata in years. Now that the kids’ palates are growing up perhaps I might spring this on the table soon. Thank you for reminding me that simplicity is minutes away.

  20. I always order this but have never made it. I heart capers! This is dinner one day this week!

  21. I didn’t think Bill would like the capers! Years ago I made my husband a pasta and it had capers in it. He hated it. Had never had capers before. But…fast forward a few decades and he loves capers! I’m so thrilled because I love them xx

  22. Well no capering about, you’ve given us a great idea with the capers, Liz. I’m looking around for simple, tasty dishes that my girls can make in the holidays since I can’t cook much right now with a back out. This is fabulous! Merci xo

  23. Perfect week night meal, I love capers too.

  24. This looks awesome, this is one of those classic dishes that just never get old ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I’ve eaten this at a restaurant but I’ve never made it. I must try it. First I’m going to make a chicken breast with a pistachio and gorgonzola sauce. THEN I’ll try this. I’ve had my heart set on the pistachio dish for a week. John keeps saying, “Can we put that off and have….?” Tomorrow is the day.

  26. I had to smile when I read this post. This is my go to meal as well as I always have all the ingredients. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Lizzy, I’ve been away from my computer all weekend long…just catching up with comments and as I opened up your blog…I said ‘wow’…seriously? Chicken Piccata is what I made for dinner last evening for my best friend here, locally for her birthday…coming up in a few days. This is what she requests every year! I make mine with white wine, but white vermouth works really well, which I have often used in the past.

    Great choice for a Sunday, supper…delicious! xoxo

  28. Liz, the line up sounds so healthy and delicious. This looks so moist and well plated for a perfect weekday dinner.

  29. Love this preparation as I’m looking for some easy dinners coming back from my holiday ๐Ÿ™‚ Will be trying it this week ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. One of my favorites too Liz, that I too often forget about! With chicken in the fridge I’m most grateful for the reminder!

  31. I love chicken Lizzy look amazing!!!

  32. looks delicious- actually i would go a step further and say Belleicious! LOL! Seriously, a great and comforting chicken dish with TONS OF FLAVOR!

  33. Ryan loves capers and I’m always looking for a new, easy recipe! Even more so now that we have the baby. Thank you for sharing Liz…and for your sweet words on my blog. They mean so much!

  34. Chicken (veal too) Piccata is a favorite of mine! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Sounds good to me!

  36. This chicken piccata looks delicious and I like because it is so easy to make…indeed great for a weekday dinner.
    Thanks for the recipe Liz and hope you are having a fun week ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Liz you are always seem to have some of my favorite recipes! I love Chicken Piccata, the combination of the capers with lemon is so lovely and it’s so easy to make! Have a wonderful week Liz.

  38. I adore capers and can just imagine how flavorful this chicken dish sounds paired with the wine and lemon. Sounds fantastic!

  39. This chicken dish looks lovely! Easy and delicious is perfect for those busy weekday nights–and every other night really!

  40. I hate to sound like a broken record, but truthfully, honestly, pinky-promise: you had me at ‘piccata’! Such a classic and I’m with you on the capers . . . more for us, huh? Sadly, my husband Bill, devours them faster than I do! Great job Liz!!!! YUMMO!

  41. Chicken Piccata is one of my kids’ favorites, but of course the boys pick out the capers. Alexandra and I always end up eating them all. Your’s looks absolutely delicious!

  42. I love the flavors of this chicken… just need a fork now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. This looks like a perfect weeknight meal. And I’m pretty sure I’d be the only one eating capers here, too.

  44. One of those meals that you can make in a flash . Simple yet scrumptious !

  45. Lizzy,
    I’d have to pick out the capers too. The vermouth is a great choice for the recipe. This looks like a delicious entree.
    Annamaria

  46. I love easy, flavorful dishes like this!

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