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Chicken Piccata

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

In this Italian-American favorite, the thin-cut chicken breast cutlets cook up in no time and the flavor is light and bright.


  • 8 boneless, skinless, thin-cut (1/4 to 1/2 inch thick) chicken breast cutlets, (about 1-1/2 lb.)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
  • 3 Tbs. capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup lower-salt chicken broth
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice; more as needed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 380
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 140
  • Fat (g): 16
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8
  • Cholesterol (mg): 155
  • Sodium (mg): 620
  • Carbohydrates (g): 2
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 55


  • Season the chicken with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Heat 1 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch heavy-duty skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add as many cutlets as will fit in a single layer and cook until lightly browned on both sides and just cooked through, 1 to 3 minutes per side. Shingle the chicken on a platter and tent with foil. Repeat with the remaining chicken, adding another tablespoon of oil between batches if the pan seems dry.

    Reduce the heat to medium and add the capers, garlic, and the remaining 1 Tbs. oil to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the garlic softens and becomes fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice, raise the heat to high, and cook, stirring, until the mixture reduces by about half, 3 to 4 minutes. Off the heat, swirl in half of the parsley and the butter and season with more lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken breasts, sprinkle with the remaining parsley, and serve immediately.

Serve with a simple Orzo with Brown Butter and Parmesan or Sautéed Spinach with Shallots on the side.


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Reviews (12 reviews)

  • fortkcook | 02/13/2021

    Excellent! I used boneless skinless breast halves, which I pounded with a mallet. And before frying I dredged them in a little flour for a nice golden crust. This recipe goes really well with FC Orzo with Lemon, Garlic and Parmigiano. Easy enough for weeknight but special enough for company (should that day ever return....).

  • Happy_Sunshine | 10/10/2018

    Easy and delicious.

  • user-6955373 | 10/05/2018

    Easy, flavorful and inexpensive to prepare. This is one of my favorite dishes. Kudos!

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