easy lemon chicken piccata in a skillet

Easy Chicken Piccata

This easy chicken piccata recipe is a classic Italian American dish with a lemon butter caper sauce that's fast to make at home!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken piccata recipe, creamy chicken piccata, lemon chicken piccata
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 393 kcal
Author Natasha Bull


  • 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flour (for dredging)
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon brined capers drained
  • 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • Garnish (optional) chopped parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Slice chicken breasts lengthwise (I butterfly then cut in half) to make 4 thinner cutlets. Trim off any fat. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper and sprinkle with garlic powder. Coat the chicken in flour.

  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter plus the olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. 

  3. Once the pan is hot, cook the chicken pieces for about 4-5 minutes per side until golden.

  4. Remove the chicken from skillet and set aside.

  5. Take the pan off the heat and add the the chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and capers to the skillet. Scrape up any brown bits.

  6. Stir in the cream and return the pan to the heat. Once it's bubbling again, add the chicken back into the pan. If you want to make this recipe without cream, increase the chicken broth to 3/4 cup.

  7. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has reduced to your liking (you may need to turn down the heat a bit if it's bubbling furiously). If the sauce thickens too much, add more broth.

  8. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Piccata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 352mg15%
Potassium 452mg13%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 821IU16%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.