Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata is tender, flavorful, lemony, garlicky — all the things you’d expect from chicken piccata but done in just 30 minutes! So grab a few pantry and fridge staples, a package of boneless, skinless chicken and get to work on this creamy, dreamy dish. 

For more 30-minute dishes like this one, slide on over to these recipe posts: Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Brussels Sprouts, Super Easy Mexican Rice, and Salmon Florentine

overhead lemon chicken piccata in skillet

This Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata came to me, like a lot of recipes do, when I had a craving for a certain restaurant’s version, but wasn’t able to get there to have it. So, what’s a girl to do? Make her own, of course! 

And, I have to say, it came out just as good as the restaurant’s version and totally satisfied my craving. Also, it was universally loved by the hubs and kids alike (okay they did pick out the capers, but…more for me, so no complaints there!) The only sad part was there was none leftover! So, the next time I make this creamy chicken piccata, I will definitely double the recipe. 

single serving of lemon chicken overhead

WHAT IS PICCATA SAUCE MADE OF?

This sauce is SO simple and SO delicious. My favorite combination. Whip it up with bit of garlic sauteed in melted butter. Add some chicken broth or vegetable broth, and some heavy cream to bring in that creamy consistency and rich flavor. Finish it off with briny capers, and salt and pepper to taste. That’s it! 

 

chicken with lemons and capers in skillet

HOW DO YOU MAKE CREAMY LEMON CHICKEN PICCATA? 

First, you need to dredge the chicken fillets in a flour mixture. To do this, add together the following in a shallow bowl: flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Take each chicken fillet and dredge it through the flour mixture, making sure to coat all sides of the chicken with the flour mixture. Set the chicken aside. 

Next, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat and then place the chicken in the butter to cook for 3-5 minutes on the first side, then flip to cook for another 3-4 minutes on the other side. The chicken should be golden brown and cooked all the way through. Put the chicken on a plate and cover it to keep it warm.

Add garlic to the same pan, and stir in the butter for about 30 seconds or until it gets nice and fragrant. Stir in the chicken broth and lemon juice and let the liquids simmer. Then stir in the heavy cream and let all of this yumminess simmer for another 3-5 minutes. Then, add the capers and season the sauce with salt and pepper. 

Add the chicken back to the pan, spooning the creamy lemon chicken sauce over the chicken. Garnish with some fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley and serve.

overhead sliced lemon chicken and capers with fork on white plate

GREAT SIDE DISHES FOR CHICKEN PICCATA

What goes great with this dish? So many things! But here are the sides I’ve had on repeat lately:

sliced chicken with lemons and capers on plate with fork

WHAT ARE CAPERS?

Capers are a little berry that grows on a plant called a Capparis Spinosa. They are pickled unripened until they get that nice briney, salty taste. 

Capers are actually related to cabbages, if you can believe that. I’ve only ever seen them used as garnishes like with salmon or chicken, but I’m sure you can find a lot of inventive ways to eat capers. They’d be good in tuna, chicken, or egg salad or in a regular salad too. 

IS THERE A GOOD SUBSTITUTE FOR CAPERS IN CHICKEN PICCATA?

If you don’t like capers (like my kids!) then there are a few things you can use as a substitute (or skip them all together).

Many people will use green olives as a substitute for capers because they are similar in taste and will add that nice salty taste you’re looking for. I would cut them up first though, to ensure that you get some olives in every bite. Use about 2 tablespoons of diced olives in this recipe.

Thyme and green peppercorns are also another substitute that will give you extra flavor, but sadly, none of that salty, briney bite. 

Or you could just eliminate them all together, and this dish will still be delish! 

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS RECIPE

“Easy & delicious. Chicken Piccata is one of our favorite chicken dishes, and the addition of lemon elevates it to a much higher level.” – Angelina

“Very delicious!! Easy to make!” – Victoria

overhead lemon chicken piccata in skillet

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata is tender, flavorful, lemony, garlicky — all the things you'd expect from chicken piccata but done in just 30 minutes! So grab a few pantry and fridge staples, a package of boneless, skinless chicken and get to work on this creamy, dreamy dish. 
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise to yield four fillets
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a wide, shallow bowl stir together flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Dredge chicken in the flour mixture, flipping to coat all sides of the chicken. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Reduce
  • Once melted, Place chicken in the pan and cook - without disturbing - for 3-5 minutes. Flip chicken and cook another 3-4 minutes until chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Add garlic to the pan and stir for 30 seconds til fragrant. Stir in chicken broth and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Stir in heavy cream.
  • Simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Stir in capers and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Return chicken to pan, spoon lemon caper cream sauce over the chicken, garnish with fresh herbs if desired, and serve.
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5 stars
Easy & delicious. Chicken Piccata is one of our favorite chicken dishes, and the addition of lemon elevates it to a much higher level.

4 stars
Very delicious!! Easy to make!

    Thanks, Victoria!

THis recipe is so good i made it twice already. I did not use as much heavy cream to make it lighter and it was still delicous

    Happy to hear it turned out well for you!

5 stars
I made this for a dinner party and followed the recipe exactly. It turned out really well. Everyone loved it. Thank you so much!

    Thank you for your awesome feedback, Nancy!

CN yoi use Dry white wine in this recipe? If so, soni substitute the chicken stock?

    I have never used dry white wine- sorry.

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