The perfect chicken piccata recipe is one that will have your mouth watering before you even start cooking.
I’ve created this recipe with the intention of giving you a great-tasting dish, as well as teaching you how to make it from scratch.
The key to this dish is the sauce which has lemon juice, garlic, and capers in it for flavor.
It also includes white wine for tenderizing the meat and deglazing the pan.
This makes sure that all of those tasty brown bits are loosened up so they can be used later on in the sauce!
This amazing chicken recipe has a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you wanting more.
The sauce is tangy and lemony but not too overpowering, while also being creamy thanks to the addition of butter!
The lemon goes really well with both white wine as well as red meats like beef or turkey burgers making it an ideal dish for entertaining friends this holiday season!
What can be better than a tangy, spicy cream sauce poured over well-breaded chicken breasts with parmesan cheese?
If I got your attention, keep reading, and please try this amazing dish!
What Is Chicken Piccata?
Piccata is a wonderful Italian dish.
The most common meat used in the recipe, veal or chicken can be switched out for your preference and it’s just as delicious with either!
Piccata also has an added twist to it where you dredge what would typically be prepared ahead of time into flour before browning then returning that seared flavor back onto itself by using butter sauce made from lemon juice seasoned well with capers – yum!
How To Make Chicken Piccata
1. Prepare the Breading Station
The first thing you need to do is prepare the breading station.
The first thing you’re going to want for this recipe is some eggs, white wine (or cider), cayenne pepper, and lemon juice.
- Make sure that the two dishes are not too big or small – they should fit into one another perfectly at their bottom edges
- Place whisked egg mixture in a dish on top of flour/ Parmesan Cheese mixture
- Then dip chicken breasts right before frying them so they don’t overcook!
After all these preparations have been completed make sure there’s enough oil nearby because if not added later it can sometimes boil over when heated by stovetop flames.
2. Pound The Chicken
The second step is to pound the chicken breasts until thin, and season them with salt and pepper.
This will help release their meat so that they’re easier for you (the cook) to handle later on in the process.
In order to make sure they are evenly seasoned, place the meat between two sheets of plastic wrap before hitting them with a mallet or heavy pan.
Make sure that the meat is not too thin otherwise it will tear apart or be difficult to handle!
As you move on with this recipe, make sure that the chicken is smooth and flat.
You’ll know if it isn’t because you’ll be able to see the divot where the meat curves up on itself.
This is your chance to fix that – just keep pounding until it’s flat!
3. Place The Breasts
First, place the breasts into beaten eggs to coat on all surfaces.
Then, bury it in flour so that every inch is covered!
Lay out these breaded chicken pieces on a plate ready for oven time or grilling with some sauce already attached (or both)!
4. Time For Heat
Start by heating one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet.
After about 3 minutes on each side, transfer it to your plate and keep warm!
5. Time To Scrape
Scrape the bottom of your cast iron skillet with a rubber spatula to get rid of any burnt bits and pieces.
Then, heat up one more tablespoon of olive oil before sauteing garlic for about 1 minute along with red pepper flake spices like chili powder or cayenne pepper if you’d like some extra spice!
Pour in wine vinegar then reduce it by fourths until it’s syrupy but not dry enough where there won’t be much sauce leftover when pouring onto whatever dish we want our dressing on (a salad maybe?).
Add in lemon juice if it’s too tart, or salt and pepper for seasoning.
Then add the butter to make sure there are no clumps.
As you cook the butter, it should become frothy and bubbly – this is when we know that our sauce has been made successfully!
You can always add more lemon juice or seasonings depending on your tastes!
6. The Finish
Heat up the butter in a pan until it starts sizzling.
Add one chicken breast at a time, salt and pepper on each side if desired before thoroughly cooking through with about three tablespoons of sauce for every piece of meat you are using (about 5 minutes total).
Remove from heat when cooked through but not yet visibly browned so as to prevent overcooking on top while also saving some energy inside by keeping all those precious liquids hot!
Roughly dice your parsley leaves or crumble them into small pieces then add just enough liquid broth/soup base to moisten everything together without weighing down any individual ingredients too much; this way they should remain nice and juicy during the grilling process.
Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite side dish!
Note: For this chicken piccata recipe, I’d recommend a vegetable soup base or stock as well as a salad and some bread for dipping/sopping purposes!
What To Serve with Chicken Piccata?
Chicken piccata is a delicious Italian dish that’s usually served with spaghetti, but you could serve it alongside some other sides.
I like to put this on top of pasta or rice and enjoy every bite!
Some great sides for this would be:
- A green salad with a light dressing like vinegar and oil (my favorite is balsamic and olive oil)
- Garlic bread or sourdough bread to dip into the sauce left on your plate!
- Roasted vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or snap peas.
- A vegetable soup, like minestrone or chicken noodle.
- Double-dipping the chicken breasts in an egg and flour mixture will not give you a thicker breading layer. I tried this once to see if it would work, but then when cooking them all of my coatings fell off!
- Let the butter melt slowly before adding it to avoid burning. Make sure not to overcrowd your pan and that you reduce heat if necessary, as this will result in a better sauce consistency. The best way is by simmering for about 15-20 minutes until desired thickness is achieved!
- My mother always told me to use my skills and creativity in challenging situations. I didn’t have any lemons, so instead of running out like most people would do if they had no citrus fruit available at all – I decided on using limes for that tangy taste! And it turned out amazing – just what you want from an experiment gone right!
- Be sure to scrape the bottom of your pan in order not to have any burnt bits and pieces that could ruin a delicious sauce.
The Top 3 Ways to Enjoy Chicken Piccata
There are so many ways you can enjoy your delicious Italian chicken dish from the comfort of your own home!
Here are some ideas for those who need inspiration or want to try something new.
1. Serve it with spaghetti
Serve your chicken piccata over pasta for a delicious meal that is sure to please everyone!
The lemon sauce pairs wonderfully with the tanginess of tomato-based pasta, while the meat and vegetables create an interesting mix of textures in every bite. I like serving this dish on top of rigatoni for a heartier meal that will fill you up!
While there are many kinds of pasta out there, I think it’s best to stick with spaghetti for this recipe. The sauce just tastes better when coated evenly on the noodles instead of sinking into them or being lost in one spot while sitting heavy on other parts!
Just make sure not to overcook the pasta or else it will get mushy and fall apart, which could ruin your sauce.
To make this dish even better, top it with some Parmesan cheese! It tastes amazing when you grate a little bit over each serving to add that extra element of flavor. You can also serve bread on the side for dipping into any sauce that remains.
2. Serve it on a sandwich
It’s surprising how well chicken piccata tastes when put into a sandwich!
The perfect way to enjoy this dish is by putting some of the lemon sauce in between two pieces of bread and adding your favorite vegetables as you see fit.
I love pairing mine with avocado, spinach, or even tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions!
The bread needs to be slightly buttered on both sides before you heat it up in a pan or sandwich maker. Cooking the meat beforehand is important as well so that everything has time to cool down and settle into the perfect flavor combination with each bite.
Once your chicken piccata sandwich is finished, be sure to serve it with a side of chips or french fries for dipping into any leftover sauce.
This is the perfect meal when you’re craving something on the lighter and healthier side!
The tanginess from both lemon and tomato (if used) pair together perfectly, while the vegetables add some extra nutrients that your body will love .
I usually prefer to use whole-wheat bread, as it’s the healthiest option you can go with. It tastes amazing and doesn’t compromise on flavor from being too healthy!
For those who want a bit more of that classic chicken piccata taste without needing to make an entire meal out of it, these sandwiches are perfect for you!
3. Serve it with vegetables
You can’t go wrong when serving chicken piccata over a delicious and healthy side dish!
I like pairing mine with green beans, asparagus spears, or even sauteed spinach! The veggies add some color to the plate while still tasting amazing alongside the flavor of your sauce. I recommend cooking them in a pan with some olive oil, butter, and garlic for the best flavor possible.
Chicken piccata is already an easy dish to make in comparison to most recipes out there, but when you pair it with vegetables like this; it’s even easier! You can have everything ready in under 30 minutes or less depending on how fast of a cook you are.
In short, this is a dish that can be enjoyed in any way possible! Whether you want to take your chicken piccata recipe and turn it into a sandwich, make spaghetti with it, or eat it alongside vegetables; there’s no wrong answer here. Try everything out until you find the flavor combination that tastes best for you!
Try making this dish next time you’re craving something new and healthy for dinner tonight. It’s the perfect way to switch things up without having to go out or order in. You can even make it ahead of time if needed, as its flavor only gets better with age.
Chicken piccata is a traditional Italian recipe that has been around for years, but there are some new ways to enjoy it nowadays.
I hope this post helps you find your perfect way of presenting the dish along with an explanation of how each ingredient goes into making it special.
The Perfect Chicken Piccata Recipe
- 2 chicken breasts, butterflied
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound them to 1/4 inch thickness.
- In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt, and pepper.
- Dredge the chicken in flour mixture and shake off excess.