Quick Chicken Piccata Recipe
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Quick Chicken Piccata Recipe

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Laced with lemon and simmered in white wine, this stovetop entree is super easy and elegant. Just add sides of bread and veggies to make it into a great meal. —Cynthia Heil, Augusta, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with about 1 tablespoon sauce: 265 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a shallow bowl, mix flour, salt and pepper. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Dip chicken in flour mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess.
  2. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides. Add wine; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Drizzle with lemon juice. If desired, sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Piccata in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p44

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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rolorocko25 User ID: 8103226 260633
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"Followed the recipe other than adding fresh lemon juice with the wine instead at the end. And it was a huge hit! My 3 year old who does not and will not eat chicken ate a whole chicken breast last night and said it was good. I still feel in shock of him eating it so well. This is definitely a keeper!"

Rellierae User ID: 1272249 259831
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"We really enjoyed this. I used more wine, lemon juice and broth and thickened all with the flour mix left over from breading the chicken. I also added capers because my husband likes them and they did add something. I also used 2 T. butter and 2 T. olive oil."

cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 259371
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2017

"Wow, what a tasty and delicious recipe! I was amazed at how tender the chicken breast turned out, and infused with great flavor to boot! I did change it up a little. Like other reviewers I used both wine and chicken broth. I added the lemon to the sauce instead of drizzling it on after cooking, and I also added a tablespoon of capers to the sauce. This one will definitely become a repeat in my house. I love that is all done right on the stove top instead of having to use the oven as well like most recipes call for."

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 259220
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"wow- that was easy, quick and a hit with everyone. I will be making this one often. I did not bother to pound the chicken, just cause I don't like the mess- and it was delish anyway"

Shawn User ID: 8815323 259193
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"Really good and easy. A must make for any lemon lover!!"

flipperpie User ID: 7104866 256908
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"This a very nice recipe. Very tasty, easy to prepare. Made homemade noodles with black truffle butter. Yum. Definitely a keeper."

SundanceGirl User ID: 7228365 255222
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"This chicken was excellent. I didn't pound breasts but simmered for 17 minutes. Perfect! Served it with Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms recipe from Pinterest. Great combo."

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 253903
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"easy, tasted good and looked fancy."

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 252821
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2016

"This was so easy to prepare and really tasted good and love that it was served with the pasta made it just perfect."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 251861
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"This was good, fairly simple and a nice change. The only complaint I had was pounding the chicken :)"

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