This Skillet Chicken Piccata is a fresh and delicious one-pan meal that’s so simple to make and everyone loves it!

A skillet with chicken breasts, halved lemons , capers and sauce.

Light, Bright Meals for Summer

Spring is here and we are ready for bright and light meals! This Skillet Chicken Piccata is definitely one we enjoy often because I can make it in just 30 minutes. The kind of meal we make on a beautiful Spring or Summer day when we’d rather be outside enjoying the weather than in the kitchen cooking for hours.

It’s so easy to make yet so satisfying to eat. The whole family loves it!

A chicken breast with piccata sauce on a plate with white rice, half a lemon.

Zesty, Salty, Saucy and Scrumptious!

The zest from the lemon and the saltiness from the capers simmers together to create an incredibly flavorful sauce for the chicken. And the chicken itself is seared crisp on the outside while perfectly tender and juicy on the inside. Melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

A bite of chicken breast with piccata sauce on a fork, served with white rice, half a lemon.

This is the perfect meal served with a side of rice, vegetables, mashed potatoes or pasta and some toasted bread for dipping up any of that extra piccata sauce on your plate. Mmmm…mmmm. Such a comforting meal that you’ll want to make over and over again!

Chicken breast, lemon halves, capers and sauce in a skillet.

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What Do I Need to Make Skillet Chicken Piccata?

  • Boneless skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • All-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Unsalted butter
  • Olive oil
  • Large lemons
  • Low sodium chicken broth
  • Brined capers
  • Fresh parsley
  • Large skillet
Boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken broth, lemons, flour, herbs and salt.

How to Make Skillet Chicken Piccata

  • Add flour, kosher salt and black pepper to a large resealable baggie. Add the chicken breasts, seal and shake to coat each chicken breast completely.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, remove each chicken breast from the baggie one at a time, shaking off any excess flour, and add it to the skillet.
  • Cook the chicken breasts for about 3 minutes or until they are browned and then flip and cook for another 3 minutes until both sides are browned.
  • Transfer the chicken breasts from the skillet to a plate. If your skillet is not large enough to fit all four chicken breasts, cook them in batches, adding a few tablespoons of butter before each batch.
Steps to making skillet chicken piccata.
  • When chicken is finished cooking, add the juiced lemon halves, cut side down, to the hot skillet. Let lemon halves sear until browned, about 2 minutes. Remove and transfer to the plate with chicken.
  • Into the skillet, add the ¼ cup lemon juice (from the lemon halves), 1 cup chicken broth and ¼ cup drained capers. Bring to a simmer and whisk frequently until the sauce starts to thicken.
Steps to make skillet chicken piccata.
  • Return the chicken and lemon halves to the pan and simmer for about 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
Chicken breast, lemon halves, capers and sauce in a skillet.

In the Media

I shared this delicious Skillet Chicken Piccata recipe in the Spring 2020 Issue of IBB Home Magazine along with a beautiful Whipped Beet Ricotta Board, yummy Carrot Cake Cookies and some refreshing Sparkling Raspberry Mojitos.

It’s sure to be a delicious spring with all of these beautiful recipes.

The BakerMama Spring Recipes in IBB Home Magazine Spring 2020 Issue

How to Serve and Store Skillet Chicken Piccata

When serving, spoon some of the sauce over each chicken breast on the plate. Serve with rice, mashed potatoes or pasta.

To store leftovers, allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Chicken breast, lemon halves, capers and sauce in a skillet next to a bowl of cooked white rice.

I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this Skillet Chicken Piccata as much as we do. When you make it and share on social media, be sure to tag me @thebakermama so I can see. 😍 I love seeing you make and enjoy the recipes I share! Enjoy!

xoxo,

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Chicken breast, lemon halves, capers and sauce in a skillet.

Skillet Chicken Piccata

  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main

Description

This Skillet Chicken Piccata is a fresh and delicious one-pan meal that’s so simple to make and everyone loves it!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 boneless skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large lemons (halved & juiced to get 1/4 cup lemon juice)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (from the 2 large lemons)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup brined capers, drained
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Add flour, kosher salt and black pepper to a large resealable baggie. Add the chicken breasts, seal and shake to coat each chicken breast completely.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, remove each chicken breast from the baggie one at a time, shaking off any excess flour, and add it to the skillet.
  3. Cook the chicken breasts for about 3 minutes or until they are browned and then flip and cook for another 3 minutes until both sides are browned. Transfer the chicken breasts from the skillet to a plate. If your skillet is not large enough to fit all four chicken breasts, cook them in batches, adding a few tablespoons of butter before each batch.
  4. When chicken is finished cooking, add the juiced lemon halves, cut side down, to the hot skillet. Let lemon halves sear until browned, about 2 minutes. Remove and transfer to the plate with chicken.
  5. Into the skillet, add the ¼ cup lemon juice (from the lemon halves), 1 cup chicken broth and ¼ cup drained capers. Bring to a simmer and whisk frequently until the sauce starts to thicken. Return the chicken and lemon halves to the pan and simmer for about 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  6. When serving, spoon some of the sauce over each chicken breast on the plate. Serve with rice, mashed potatoes or pasta.

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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    1. Hi, Jay! I’ve never tried it, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work! I’d try a 1:1 substitution to start with. You’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

  1. Very tasty, used improved Meyer lemons from my backyard. Quick and tasty, used minute rice cup microwaved to save time. If you like more sauce, you may want to double it. Also added small amounts of Wondra flour to thicken sauce. There was none left!
    ( didn’t have any parsley)

    1. Hi Ken! Yum, yum and more yum! Thanks for sharing your modifications and enjoyment. I hope you get to enjoy it again and again!