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Chicken Piccata with Lemon Sauce Recipe

Chicken Piccata with Lemon Sauce Recipe

Once you've tried Susan Pursell's tangy yet delicate entree, you won't hesitate to make it for company. Seasoned with Parmesan and parsley, the chicken cooks up golden brown, then is drizzled with a light lemon sauce. Susan sent the recipe from her home in Fountain City, California.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup dry white wine or chicken broth, divided
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • 1. Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. In a shallow dish, combine the egg substitute, 2 tablespoons wine or broth, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, garlic and hot pepper sauce. In another shallow dish, combine the flour, Parmesan cheese, parsley and salt. Coat chicken with flour mixture, dip in egg substitute mixture, then coat again with flour mixture.
  • 2. In a large nonstick skillet, brown four chicken breast halves in 1-1/2 teaspoons oil for 3-5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm. Drain drippings. Repeat with remaining chicken and oil. Remove and keep warm.
  • 3. In the same pan, melt butter. Add the remaining wine or broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, until sauce is reduced by a fourth. Drizzle over chicken. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One chicken breast half equals 246 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 398 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 32 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Chicken Piccata with Lemon Sauce

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

"Excellent flavors - would add mushrooms next time. Will definitely be making again. Easy to prepare!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"Excellent flavor and relatively easy to make. Adding saut?ed mushrooms really made it stand out. We'll be making this again and again."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"This recipe was delicious! DH called it "a keeper". As suggested by another reviewer, I doubled the sauce, then served it over angel hair."

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

"This one is a family favorite, have been making it for years. My husband didn't believe me when I told him it was a "Light" recipe!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

"Good flavor."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"This is fabulous. I used white whole wheat flour, and less of it, more cheese, and threw in some capers in the sauce. Delicious, even warmed up the next night!"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

"So delicious! I wasn't sure how it would turn out bc I had never eaten chicken piccata before, but it was so tasty. I changed the sauce a bit; adding some sauteed mushrooms for flavor and a bit of cornstarch to thicken it slightly. Yummy! Two thumbs up from my hungry bf :)"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"Excellent recipe. I was cooking for two so halved the recipe and made 3 changes. I sliced the breasts in half, horizontally rather than pounding them; much easier and less messy. For the first step of the bound breading, I dredged the chicken in cornstarch, rather than using the flour/Parmesan cheese mixture twice. I learned this secret in Chinese cooking and the result is always crispy breading. As a last step, I added drained capers to the sauce. Capers are traditional in piccata recipes and my husband enjoys them. This one is going in my "Recipe Box.""

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"love the fact that it actually has CAPERS!Which is what PICCATA is supposed to have"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"Absolutely delicious chicken, looks even better than the pictures when cooked to a crispy golden! Like another reviewer, I used cayenne instead of hot sauce which worked just fine. The taste of the chicken is fabulous? However, I usually like piccata sauce with pasta & did not find that to be true in this case... but the sauce was excellent with the chicken."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"I made this for dinner tonight and both of my picky eaters ate it. That's a major success in my opinion! I used wheat flour instead of white and added chili powder to the flour mix because I did not have any hot pepper sauce. I baked mine at 400 for 30 minutes instead of frying it and loved how it turned out. I think that next time I will try what most people did and thicken the sauce."

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"Very good. The whole family liked it. I added capers and thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"Recommend garlic in the flour instead of egg wash. Needed more flavor."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"We loved this recipe; the crust on the chicken is fantastic. However, I made extra sauce at the end and added lemon juice and capers. We wanted extra sauce for some pasta I served with the chicken."

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

" Great recipe. I've been searching for one like this. (with the capers and artichokes.)

Thanks for posting,

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"I prepared this dish for the first time. absolutely loved it. fooled my hubby, did not tell him about parmeson cheese or he would never have tried it. long story short..he loved it too. will make again real soon.

Salem, Al"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2008

" I was looking for a recipe for chicken and this one sounds just right!!

Thanks Superglide Big Smile 
Pat E "

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2007

"dh and i love chicken piccata. i found this quick and easy recipe:


2 Boneless chicken breasts sliced in half or 3 slices
2 TBS Butter
1 TBS Olive OIl
1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp paprika
3/4 - 1 cup dry white wine
3 TBS lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper (white or black) to taste
1 TBS Butter (for sauce at finish)
3 TBS capers
1 can artichokes, drained

RINSE chicken breasts under cold running water, drain, put on paper towel. Pat dry.

SLICE the chicken breasts to desired thickness 1/8 - 1/4" thick. Unlike veal, chicken is better cut than pounded thin.

MIX flour, paprika, salt and pepper

DREDGE chicken in flour.

HEAT butter and olive oil in sautée pan over medium heat; be careful not to burn the butter, if using it. Add chicken breasts - do not crowd the pan. Sautée for about two minutes per side. REMOVE to a warm platter; you can place platter in warm oven.

ADD lemon and wine to pan; DEGLAZE (Dissolve the remaining bits of food) the pan using a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape. This is the basis for your sauce.

BRING to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, let sauce thicken.

WHEN sauce is thickened, swirl in butter. Add capers and artichokes.

POUR pan juices over chicken. Serve.


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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.