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Jeff’s Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe

Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe - Jeff's delicious recipe to make whenever you have time.. quick and easy! So yummy and perfect for week night.

Lemon Chicken Piccata is one of the favorite dishes we like to order when we go out to eat. For years I had thought it must be tricky to make at home until I finally tried it about 10 years ago. To my surprise it’s really easy to make and the flavor is such a welcome change from some of the go to meals that I make on a regular basis.

The one ingredient in this recipe that is essential but you may not have in your pantry is capers. Capers don’t come up too often in the recipes that I whip up so it’s an ingredient I have to make sure to get. After posting pictures of my Lemon Chicken Piccata on instagram recently, I received a ton of comments about how capers can be used in a surprising number of meals and it has inspired me to research more caper recipes. More on that to come in the future! But for now…

I hope you enjoy the Lemon Chicken Piccata recipe as much as we do!



5 from 18 votes
Lemon Chicken Piccata
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Servings: 4
  • 3 large Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast – cut into 1/2″ thick cutlets
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2+ tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 large Lemons – 1/2 sliced thin and 1 1/2 juiced
  • 1 clove Garlic – Chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Capers – Drained and Rinsed
  • 4 tbsp Butter divided – 2 tbsp for sauce, 2 tbsp for pasta
  • 1 lbs Linguine Noodles
  1. Pre-heat oven to 225 degrees and begin heating water for pasta in order to start boiling Linguine about the same time you start the Piccata sauce.


  2. Butterfly chicken breasts, flatten to about 1/2″ thickness and slice into cutlets.  There is no perfect way to do this, I try to make them somewhat even in size and thickness but each piece will be unique and that’s ok!


  3. Salt and pepper the chicken on each side and allow to sit for 5 mins on the cutting board. While the chicken is resting, heat a large saute pan to medium heat and add the olive oil. 


    Dredge the chicken in flour then pan fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side.  When fully cooked, place chicken on a dish and place in warm oven on until ready to serve.


  4. Slice 1/2 lemon into then slices removing any seeds.  Juice the remaining 1 1/2 lemons, you should have 1/4 – 1/3 cup of juice.


  5. Leave the bits from the chicken in the pan and add the chopped garlic to the over medium heat stirring occasionally for about 1 min until fragrant. Add chicken broth and bring to a slow boil, then add lemon slices.  Allow to slow boil on medium to medium-low for about 5 mins stirring occasionally. The sauce will reduce and slightly thicken.


  6. Add the pasta to the boiling water as Linguine will take about 10 mins and we want the pasta to be done just after the sauce. If using a different pasta, follow the directions adding to the water in order to time the pasta being al dente just after you complete the sauce.


  7. After the sauce has cooked down add lemon juice and capers and allow to cook another 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 3 tbsp of butter and stir until fully melted and mixed in. Remove from heat and set aside.


  8. Remove pasta pot from heat, drain pasta, return to the pot and add 2 tbsp of butter. Mix throughly.


  9. To serve, add pasta to each plate with 2 cutlets then cover with sauce and a slice or two of lemon (for garnish).




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43 thoughts on “Jeff’s Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe

  1. I made this recipe on Saturday night for my family as I had all the ingredients and we’re trying not to leave the house so much. My husband and ( fussy) teenagers loved it! So many compliments- thanks Jeff you made me look good!

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Yes, 225 degrees. It’s just to keep the chicken warm while you’re making the sauce. The chicken has already been cooked at this point in the pan. :)

  2. I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner and when I saw this I was so relieved to have such a great new idea for dinner! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. 5 stars
    Really enjoyed cooking this lovely dish! Easy to follow steps and the results were delicious! Thank you for sharing x

  4. 5 stars
    Made this on a whim tonight and it was a big hit with my family. So flavourful and easy to make. This will be a go to from now on.

  5. We made this last night and served with steamed zucchini! Never could find capers in the grocery so made it without them. We loved it! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. Now if I could only get my Jeff to cook as much as yours does!!

  6. Thank you and Jeff for sharing the recipes with us. I made this yesterday and my husband loved it! 😍

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing! I have tried so many of your recipes and it never disappoints! One of my favorite families (including Emma) to follow on Instagram. Kind regards from all the way here in Alaska ❤️

  8. 5 stars
    This was such a quick meal to whip up, and a hit with everyone. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be making again :)

  9. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for my family, and it was by far the best Chicken Piccata I have ever tasted!!! Everyone LOVED it. It will be a family favorite from here on out :)

  10. 5 stars
    This dish is delish! 😍👏🏼👏🏼
    We’ve made it several times and each one is divine. Can’t wait to make it in our new Always Pan that I gave my hubby for Christmas 😊

  11. 5 stars
    This was fantastic! My family loved this and it was quick and easy for me to make. Next time I’ll make extra sauce and use it to pour over / flavor baked asparagus.

  12. I was just trying to think of what to fix for dinner tomorrow night and saw you making this. It will be perfect for my niece coming over.

  13. 5 stars
    I always watched my dad cook growing up and I enjoy cooking because it’s a fond fun memory. This is delicious and easy. Thank you Jeff!

  14. Made this for company. I wanted to take credit but they knew better! Kudos to Jeff. Great entertaining meal!

  15. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight after watching your stories last night. Loved it! I’ve seen you all make it so many times that I just had to try it. Thanks for the recipe and I’ll be sure to check out some more on your blog!