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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chicken Piccata

I have had this recipe for Chicken Piccata up on my site for some time, but I’ve never specifically written about it. And it’s actually one of my favorites, so I thought I’d finally mention it. I don’t have much to say except this recipe is easy and delicious. Even I was able to cook this up last night, despite the fact I would have much rather been lying in bed feeling sorry for my sick and tired pregnant self. πŸ˜‰

So, if you’re looking for a simple, fairly quick and delicious chicken recipe, look no further!

Chicken Piccata
From Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 C flour, with salt and pepper
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • ¼ C lemon juice
  • 2 C chicken stock
  • 1 T capers
  • ⅓ C butter (optional)
  1. Cut up chicken into pieces – either bite sized or cut the breasts into halves or thirds. Regardless, if you do anything larger than bitesized pieces, pound them a bit, too! You could definitely cook the chicken breasts whole, but I would definitely recommend pounding the breast in that case.
  2. Place flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Dust chicken pieces with flour then brown over medium to medium-high heat in the olive oil. Add lemon juice, chicken stock and capers and simmer on medium low until chicken is done. (Total cook time is probably around 20 minutes or so.)
  3. Remove from heat and add butter. I actually almost always forget to add the butter”¦and it still tastes great. I think the sauce is just a little sharper in flavor when I forget the butter, but a bit more mellow when the butter is added.
  4. Serve with pasta or mashed potatoes.
  5. One more note – last night I only cooked up two chicken breasts, but I kept the sauce proportions the same. Because of that, there was a bit less flour going into the dish, so I had to thicken the sauce up just a tad with some flour while the chicken was simmering. But usually the flour on the chicken thickens up the sauce perfectly on its own.



  1. We love chicken piccata at our house too. Quick, easy and delicious! Somehow along the way, I missed the announcement that you were pregnant. Congratulations!

  2. Yum yum yum! We too love piccatta, and your recipe sounds MUCH easier than the one I was previously using! Can’t wait to try it out!

  3. I already ate dinner, but I really want some of this now!!!

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    Congratulations on the baby and good luck with everything! And also congrats on being in Martha’s magazine πŸ™‚

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    This is one of my go-to dinners, too, and i also don’t really have a recipe for it! We eat ours with rice, it’s my favorite dinner!

  6. Simplicity is difficult to beat. Lovely looking meal.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

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    Hi Jayne! Just found your blog…very excited as I’m doing a small one of my own on the side. πŸ™‚ I am making this for dinner this week and I thought I would share since you like chicken piccata so much. I’m hoping this is a good dish! πŸ™‚

    Also making this as the side:

    Never cooked with Meyer lemons before..fingers crossed on this one! πŸ™‚

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    I love this dish too, only my recipe has you toasting the capers in olive oil briefly before you pour them over your sauce. AMAZING flavor!! I really love them this way!

  10. I love Chicken Piccata! Can’t wait to try out your recipe! Thanks!!!

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    I wish I could post a picture of my chicken Piccata! LOL!! I’m a beginner cook and lets just say it looked nothing like the picture. We don’t like capers so I excluded them. Maybe that is a main ingredient you can’t exclude. I’m not sure where I went so terribly wrong. I’ll try again another time. Thanks for the recipe!! I’m new to your blog and enjoying it thus far.

    • Jane Maynard

      I think if you leave out the capers, it’s basically a lemon chicken dish…but please do describe how it turned out, maybe I can help – hoping I can help!

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    I’m making this for dinner again – I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve made it. It’s become a go-to weeknight meal for us; love that I can get it on the table (with mashed potatoes and broccoli every time!) quickly after work. Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Jane Maynard

      amanda…thanks so much for your comment! so glad to hear you love the recipe and use it all the time! yay! πŸ™‚

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    Hi Jane. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while now and I’m glad I finally did! The whole family loved it. I can see this one becoming a regular at our house.Thanks for a great recipe.
    Shannon (Vancouver, Canada.)

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    Found your site by accident. Made your chicken piccata tonight, it was excellent and soooooo easy! Thank you!

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    I have just recently started following your blog and have already made 3 of your recipes. I think I will make the piccata tonight because I was looking for something easy and I happen to have all of the ingredients. Thanks for helping me plan my weekly dinners!

    • I’m so glad you found the blog and are enjoying the recipes – that makes me happy! the piccata is great as a go-to meal – I’m surprised how often I always have the ingredients on hand as well! πŸ™‚

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