How To Make Restaurant-Quality Chicken Piccata At Home

Posted on: 21 July 2015

Chicken piccata is a comforting Italian dish that is often seen on restaurant menus. If you're craving its light yet satisfying lemon flavor but don't want to venture out to eat, try making it at home. This delicious chicken piccata recipe yields tender, flavorful results every time.


  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine the salt and pepper with the flour. Dredge the chicken cutlets in the flour mixture, and discard any remaining flour. 
  2. Pour the olive oil into a large skillet, and heat it until it begins to sizzle. Add the chopped onions to the pan, and saute gently for 1 minute. Then, add the chicken to the pan. Saute the chicken for 5 minutes, and then flip the chicken over.
  3. Place the butter in a microwave-safe container, and microwave it for about 1 minute or until it is melted. Drizzle the melted butter over the chicken in the pan, and continue sauteing for about 5 more minutes. At this point, the chicken should be lightly browned on both sides. If it seems to be browning too quickly, turn the heat down.
  4. Pour the lemon juice, chicken stock, and capers to the pan, along with additional salt and pepper if desired. As the chicken sizzles away, spoon the sauce mixture up and over the chicken. The sauce should be slowly thickening until it coats the back of the spoon. Keep cooking until the chicken is fully cooked, which should take about 5 minutes. If you're not sure whether or not the chicken is done, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of a cutlet. It needs to come to 165 degrees F. Avoid overcooking the chicken, as doing so will make it tough.
  5. Once the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the heat. Let the chicken cool for 10 minutes, and then place it on plates to serve. Garnish each plate with some fresh parsley.

Italian restaurants often serve this dish with some simple pasta to soak up the sauce. Angel hair works well because it is so thin, but rotini and linguine are also common choices. Chicken piccata is also delicious served next to roasted or mashed potatoes.

If you'd rather go out to eat but are still craving Italian food, try Pizzeria Roma.