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Chicken Piccata with Lemon Sauce

Once you've tried this tangy, yet delicate lemon chicken piccata, 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 Pursell, Fountain Valley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    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


  • Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. In a shallow dish, combine the egg substitute, 2 tablespoons wine, 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.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, brown 4 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.
  • In the same pan, melt butter. Add the remaining wine and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, until sauce is reduced by a fourth. Drizzle over chicken.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • In Europe, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parmesan are considered the same cheese. But in the U.S., Parmesan is a generic term that may not come from Italy’s Parmigiano-Reggiano region. Using the authentic Italian cheese (in a lesser amount than the original’s ½ cup) ensures a cheesy richness in the makeover with less fat and calories.
  • Go for freshly squeezed lemon juice when preparing this summery sipper. Bottled lemon juice, which is from concentrate, won’t provide the same bright, fresh flavor.
  • Check out 100 of our best chicken dinner recipes you should be making tonight.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 chicken breast half: 232 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
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    • Paige
      Jul 18, 2020

      Delicious as is, but served leftovers cut up in a Caesar salad. YUM!

    • homemadewithlove
      Jun 11, 2020

      Easy and quick dinner. Love the lemon flavor with jasmine rice and fresh steamed veggies.

    • TrishtheDish1
      Jun 11, 2020

      We felt the lemon sauce was a bit too tart. I also doubled the sauce and added cornstarch to take it from watery, to a sauce-like consistency. Topped with sauteed mushrooms also. The chicken was moist, but could have used more seasoning. Dipping from flour to egg to flour lead to the loss of much of the parsley. I changed it to egg first, then ended with flour which worked out much better.

    • Caitlin
      Jun 3, 2020

      Super flavorful and relatively easy to make! It took my husband and I a long time to make this because the chicken we got was very thick and had to be cut, so it ended up making double. We could only fit 3 pieces of chicken in the pan at a time and needed to add more oil semi-often. This was totally worth all the work we put into it! Would love to make this for extended family.

    • Kelly
      May 11, 2020

      I liked it

    • NoodleNel
      May 4, 2020

      This is our favorite piccata recipe. I have made it several times and never a problem with it!

    • Tiffany
      Apr 26, 2020

      Delicious! Easy to make. Served with green beans and orzo salad. Perfect dinner!

    • suefalk
      Apr 19, 2020

      Fantastic! Fairly quick and easy for a workday meal. This recipe makes a lot! Especially if you pound the chicken breasts flat to even out the pieces. It's so much like Piccata, I almost wished for capers.

    • sweet40heart
      Apr 18, 2020

      Wine Sauce was to Tart but other then that this Recipe was really good.

    • Valencia
      Apr 7, 2020

      So the over all the recipes amazing flavors are great the only thing I would suggest because I followed the recipe as exact another egg because I felt like it just didn't stick right so I felt a little bit more egg to bind that flour and parmesan.