Spontaneous Dinner

Chicken Piccata


3 servings


30 minutes

total time


3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 c. (30 g.) all-purpose flour

1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

6 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/2 c. dry white wine

1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth

Juice of 1 lemon

1 (3.5-oz.) jar capers, rinsed

Lemon wedges, for serving



Cut chicken breasts in half parallel to work surface all the way through. In between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, pound each breast until 1/4" thick; generously season with salt and pepper.

In a large shallow bowl, place flour. Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess. In a large skillet over high heat, heat 1/4 cup oil until very hot. Working with 3 chicken pieces at a time, cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Adjust heat as needed and repeat with remaining chicken.

In same skillet over high heat, bring wine, broth, and lemon juice to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about one-quarter, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add butter, one piece at a time, vigorously whisking after each addition; don’t stop whisking until all butter is incorporated. If sauce starts to break, add 1 tablespoon water and continue to whisk until sauce is smooth and glossy.

Return chicken to skillet. Add capers, bring sauce to a light simmer, and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges alongside.


Serving Size




Total Fat

67 g

Saturated Fat

21 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat

0 g


260 mg


1141 mg

Total Carbohydrate

12 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Total Sugars

1 g


65 g

3 servings


30 minutes

total time
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