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Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe – Tangy and Bold Mediterranean Flavor

This recipe for Mediterranean lemon chicken piccata combines lemon and capers for a tangy topping.  The recipe is quick and easy and perfect for a weeknight meal.

You’d never think it when you see them in a jar, but capers come from a prickly bush called capparis spinosa. It grows wild across parts of Asia and the Mediterranean.

The flavor of capers reminds me of the tang and brininess of green olives but with an extra dose of tartness. Normally, you find them packed in brine.

Capers also add a salty flavor to your recipe. Oddly, they are one of my husbands favorite flavors.

lemon chicken piccata in a cast iron pan.

Making this lemon chicken piccata

Let’s put those salty pieces to use in this easy chicken piccata recipe. It is delicious!

Bowl of capers with coarse salt and fresh thyme on a cutting board.

Fresh thyme adds to the Mediterranean flavor of this dish. I have it growing year round at my house.

The recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes –  just pan sear the chicken and them combine lemon juice, white wine and capers for the tangy sauce.

Garnish with lemon slices and chopped basil and stand back for the rave reviews.

I like to serve this chicken piccata with lemon sauce over noodles with homemade corn bread to sop up those delicious juices.

 

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Chicken piccata in a cast iron frying pan on a wooden board.

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Yield: 2

Lemon Caper Chicken Piccata

Lemon Caper Chicken Piccata

Chicken with lemon and capers. The white wine and lemon juice adds a nice tang to this chicken piccata recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz skinless, boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and cut in half
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup All-purpose flour, for coating
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup capers, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • to garnish: fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Coat the chicken in flour and shake off the excess.
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 1 tablespoons olive oil and the fresh thyme.
  4. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the chicken pieces and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. When chicken is browned on one side, turn it over and cook other side for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove and transfer to plate.
  7. Scrape up the bits on the bottom of the pan and add the lemon juice, white wine and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil.
  8. Check the seasoning.
  9. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for about 5 more minutes until the chicken is done and the liquid has reduced somewhat.
  10. Remove chicken to platter. Add remaining 1 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously.
  11. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with lemon slices and chopped spring onions.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 437mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 37g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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