Fresh lemon and briny capers come together in a piquant buttery sauce that can be served over chicken, pork, or fish for a satisfying meal any day of the week.
I was talking with a friend the other night who happens to also be a food enthusiast. We were comparing our ideas of the perfect meal.
Mine was significantly less impressive than his. His dream meal detailed a well-seasoned slab of wagyu, shaved truffles, microgreens, and a glass of wine to finish it off. I was impressed, but I wasn’t sold.
Without intention, I live by the words, ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ Price tag doesn’t matter much to me. My ideal meal, and many who know me can attest to this, is either a good old fashioned hamburger and a side of fries, or something creamy but not too heavy.
I’ve always been this way. Less is more is another motto I live by. I said this to my friend the other night during our food debate who was actually slightly disappointed with my answer, and he said, No, less is less.
I’m still of the mindset that it doesn’t take much to make a good meal, more so, an unforgettable meal. The ingredients are just one element to the process. There’s mood, company, music, and love. Cooking is complex but not abstruse.
Take for instance today’s recipe. Another chicken dinner but completely transformed with just a handful of ingredients. You’re taking pan fried chicken but kicking it up with a silky butter sauce that is seasoned with bright lemon, capers, caramelized onions, and a splash of white wine. These are staple ingredients but when combined transform into something more.
So, I’ll restate my earlier sentiment with one caveat- less is more, when done right. 😉
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Cuisine: Italian
- 2 lbs. chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup flour
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small sweet onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons capers plus juice
- Begin by trimming the chicken breast, then using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound the chicken into an even 1/4-inch thickness.
- In a large shallow dish, whisk together flour, salt, and pepper. Dredge the chicken breast.
- Heat a large frying pan with butter and oil. Once the butter has melted, sauté the chicken until golden, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Add more oil if needed. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel lined tray.
- Once the chicken is cooked, in the same pan, sauté the onion and garlic in the pan until the onion is translucent. Add the chicken stock and white wine. Let simmer until reduced, about 5 minutes.
- Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, capers, and caper juice. Serve the sauce over the chicken and enjoy!
Keywords: chicken, chicken piccata, dinner, main dish
Chicken piccata is so yummy! I love the combo of the capers and lemon. I never thought about trying it over fish, though. That sounds great too!
Rhian Westbury says
I’m a big fan of lemon with chicken. This sounds like a yummy dish x
Glass Mosaic Tiles says
oh my!!!! This looks soooo delicious!!! I am making your recipe for sure, can’t wait!!!!
Less is more when some right! This looks great and you didn’t need much to create it!
You can never have too many great chicken recipes. This will be a hit with the family for sure.
Amanda Dixon says
This is a fabulous dish! It tastes like it came from a fancy Italian restaurant, but I love that it’s quick for a weeknight dinner.
Lauren Michael Harris says
Chicken piccata is one of my all time favorite recipes! I love how easy this recipe is to make at home even on busy nights.
My son’s favorite. I will have to surprise him and make this for him. Thanks for sharing.
This dish is so easy to make and full of flavor. I love the brightness of the lemon in it so much.
Veronika Sykorova says
I love the combo of capers and lemon! This chicken piccata was scrumptious, my family really enjoyed it and went for seconds!
This is seriously good chicken piccata, and so easy to cook. The capers and tangy lemon make are so craveable!
This dish looks delicious!
Chef Dennis says
I love chicken picatta and your version was ah-mazingly delicious!
The images make my mouth water. What will. happen when I actually make this piccata?! 🙂