Mom's Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe Is Zesty & Saucy by Ann Marie Patitucci

Mom's Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe Is Zesty & Saucy

Did you know that piccata originated in Italy and is traditionally made with veal? Here in the U.S., however, chicken has replaced veal as the more popular option.

The recipes I trust the most are my (Italian) mom’s, those approved by her and those I find here at 30Seconds. This chicken piccata recipe is mom approved. She’s made this one for years (and it’s been so long she can’t remember who gave it to her!). I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

To make this easy lemon chicken piccata recipe you will need boneless, skinless chicken breasts, flour, cooking oil, garlic, chicken broth, fresh lemons, capers, butter and fresh parsley. Serve this easy Italian recipe for dinner during busy weeknights or when company comes over. 

Note: 30Seconds is a participant in the Amazon affiliate advertising program and this post contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission or fees if you make a purchase via those links.

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth (we use low-sodium chicken broth)
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

Helpful Products

Recipe Notes

  • You could use boneless chicken thighs if you prefer.
  • I used low-sodium chicken broth.

Here’s how to make it: 

  1. Season chicken breast pieces with salt and pepper, to taste. Dredge them in flour, shaking off excess.
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil and pan-fry the chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Do not crowd the skillet; work in batches adding oil as needed. When all the chicken is fried, drain most of the oil from the skillet, leaving only a thin coating in the pan.
  3. Cook and stir minced garlic in the skillet for about 20 seconds (until fragrant). Pour in the chicken broth. Scrape and dissolve any brown bits at the bottom of the skillet. Add lemon slices, stir and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally, about 5 to 8 minutes, until the sauce reduces to about 2/3 cup.
  4. Add capers and lemon juice. Simmer until sauce is reduced and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add butter to the skillet and swirl it around until it is melted and fully incorporated. Add parsley. Remove skillet from heat and set aside. Spoon sauce over chicken pieces and serve over rice or pasta.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 339

Total Fat: 19.3g

Saturated Fat: 6.8g

Cholesterol: 82mg

Sodium: 1697mg

Total Carbohydrate: 16.8g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Total Sugars: 1.2g

Protein: 26.5g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 110mg

Iron: 6mg

Potassium: 544mg

Recipe cooking times, nutritional information and servings are approximate and provided for your convenience. However, 30Seconds is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe, nor may you have the same results because of variations in ingredients, temperatures, altitude, errors, omissions or cooking/baking abilities. This recipe has been analyzed by VeryWellFit. However, any nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and it is up to the individual to ascertain accuracy. To ensure image quality, we may occasionally use stock photography.

Need to convert cooking and baking measurements? Here are some kitchen conversion charts. Here's how to submit your recipes to 30Seconds.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community, and follow us on Facebook to get recipes in your newsfeed daily.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Fork-Tender Chicken Piccata Recipe: You'll Eat a Lotta This Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe

Spectacular 15-Minute Salmon Piccata Recipe With Creamy Caper Sauce

Skinny Chicken Piccata Recipe: This Instant Pot™ Chicken Dinner Is Deliziosa

Make This Creamy Chicken Lazone Recipe ASAP (20 Minutes)

Donna John
Yum! Love chicken piccata. Trying this soon! Ann Marie Patitucci
Elisa Schmitz
Absolutely delighted by this recipe because it has some of my alltime favorite ingredients (hello, capers and lemon), WOW!
Chicken piccata is such a tasty dish...

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

One-Pan Mediterranean Pork Chops Recipe With Feta & Parmesan

Ground Beef Gravy Recipe With Mashed Potatoes (6 Ingredients, 15 Minutes)

Savory Mediterranean Spinach & Cheese Muffins Recipe (25 Minutes)

Crispy Baked Fish Sticks Recipe Is Family Pleasin' In 20 Minutes