Lemon Chicken Piccata


This luscious, lemony sauce is an all-around winner in our book. It has a bright, briny flavor, is made from ingredients you likely have on hand, and goes with everything from chicken to tofu to scallops. Bonus: It's lower in calories than a lot of other pan sauces.

Lemon Chicken Piccata
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Remove tenders from chicken and reserve for another use. Place the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and gently pound with a meat mallet, rolling pin or small skillet to an even thickness of about ½ inch. Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, flipping once, until well browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Continue to cook, flipping often, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°F, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a clean cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and add shallot to the pan. Cook, stirring often, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in broth and wine, scraping up any browned bits. Simmer until reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, butter, capers and parsley. Serve the chicken with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
13g Fat
7g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 oz. chicken & 3 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 382mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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