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Quick Chicken Piccata

Quick chicken recipes make dinner a breeze. Laced with lemon and simmered in white wine, this stovetop entree is super easy and elegant. Almost any side—noodles, veggies or bread—tastes better next to this lovely chicken. —Cynthia Heil, Augusta, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • In a shallow bowl, mix flour, salt and pepper. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Dip chicken in flour mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides. Add wine; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until chicken is no longer pink, 12-15 minutes. Drizzle with lemon juice. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

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  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
  • Lemon juice in this zesty marinade is an acid, which breaks down the tough proteins in the pork and helps to tenderize it.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 chicken breast half with about 1 tablespoon sauce: 265 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein.


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    • barbara
      Feb 26, 2021

      Easy, quick and delicious!

    • gremaux
      Feb 10, 2021

      No comment left

    • M
      Feb 7, 2021

      DELICIOUS! I did double wine/stock for more sauce and was happy I did. Even so, it could use a bit more. I tripled the lemon juice because I like the citrus punch and also added fresh mushrooms. So good! I have this every week and make a double batch for left overs!

    • Jay
      Nov 12, 2020

      Very good. For a bit more sauce next time I'll use 1/2 cup stock/wine & 2 tbsp lemon juice

    • Janet
      Sep 23, 2020

      this was very tasty. However, I like a good amount of sauce and had to nearly triple the chicken stock, which I use instead of wine. I did not have fresh parsley so used dried and it did add a bit of flavor to the chicken/sauce. The prep time took about 20 minutes or so and definitely add more stock or wine to the recipe. The chicken was nice and tender.

    • Adele
      Aug 27, 2020

      This looks fabulous! I would make a couple of changes. I don't like chicken breasts, but I do happen to have boneless skinless chicken thighs in my freezer. I'm stuck for a meal for later on this week, so I think I just got bailed out! Thanks to the other commentor who suggested adding capers. I'm thinking pasta carbonara as a side. I really like veal piccata, but I've had a hard time getting good veal lately, so I am just going to go with the chicken. I have taken the liberty of giving this five stars, because I seriously doubt that I will have a problem with this.

    • Phyllis
      Aug 16, 2020

      I'm always looking for quick chicken dinner recipes. This one was quick, easy, and had a lot of flavor. I served it with no yolk noodles and used the drippings from the pan to drizzle over the noodles. My husband who is a meat and potato with gravy person really liked the taste and gave me a thumbs up!

    • Erzabet
      Jul 22, 2020

      Great recipe for a week night. Easy and hubby loved it.

    • Queenlalisa
      Jul 12, 2020

      Very flavorful dish. I'm always looking for chicken dishes. We eat a lot of chicken. I served with mashed potatoes. So good.

    • Carol
      Jul 9, 2020

      Great Quick Eats......Delicious