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Lemon Chicken Piccata with capers and a creamy sauce in a skillet.
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4.88 from 8 votes

Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata

Lemon Chicken Piccata is a classic Italian dish made with a creamy lemon butter sauce and then topped with salty capers.  This healthy and easy chicken breast recipe can be served over a bed of pasta or eaten on its own for a gluten-free and low-carb main dish recipe.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dinner, main dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup flour gluten-free 1-to-1
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup lemon juice fresh
  • ½ - ⅔ cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • ¼ cup capers
  • ¼ tsp. salt optional


  • Using a meat mallet, pound chicken breasts to 1-inch thick. Cut into 4-ounce portions.
  • Whisk together flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and black pepper in a medium-sized shallow bowl.
  • Dip each chicken breast into the flour mixture, liberally coating all sides.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Wait for the butter to sizzle and add coated chicken breasts.
  • Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  • Remove chicken from the skillet and add remaining butter and garlic cloves. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Pour in lemon juice and broth. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, whisking ever 20-30 seconds.
  • Once the sauce begins to thicken add chicken, and optional ¼ teaspoon salt, back into the skillet and continue whisking sauce for 2 minutes.
  • Top chicken with capers just before serving with pasta or rice. Enjoy!



Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: You can cut and marinate salmon fillets for a couple of hours before cooking. However, fish should never sit in the sauce for more than 24 hours.
  • To Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: You can also freeze this dish in a freezer-safe container for up to 3-4 months.
  • To Reheat: Warm up chicken in the oven until heated through. Or, you can also reheat the chicken and sauce in a skillet.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 1032mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 511IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg