Chicken Piccata is a fantastic meal filled with fresh flavors that will have you thinking of Spring. It is easy enough to prepare on a weeknight, but sophisticated enough to serve for a special occasion. You might want to serve it for Easter dinner.
I love the bright fresh flavors of Chicken Piccata. The fresh lemon juice, capers, and white wine come together to create a delicious sauce that pairs perfectly with the breaded chicken and sautéed mushrooms. Fresh pasta soaks up the sauce and completes the meal.
Mushrooms aren’t a traditional ingredient in Chicken Piccata, but they add something special to the meal. The mushrooms soak up the flavors of the sauce beautifully, and add a much needed vegetable to the meal.
This is one of the first recipes that I ever posted on this website. It was originally published in November 2011, just two weeks after the site launched, and I recently rediscovered it and updated the photos. I still love this recipe just as much today. I used to make Chicken Piccata all the time, but then somehow I forgot about it! I am excited to add this meal back into regular rotation.
This is a meal that I like to prepare in big batches. I recently made a big batch before I headed out of town for a weekend. I packaged all of the leftovers up into individual servings and left them in the fridge for Charles to eat while I was away.
I recommend serving the chicken with fresh pasta, I love how it soaks up the sauce. It is also a very quick and easy way to complete the meal.
If you have a rack that fits on your baking sheet, definitely use it to bake the chicken. This will keep the breaded crust nice and crispy. If you put the chicken directly on the pan, steam between the chicken and the pan can cause the crust to become a little soggy. Using a rack will cure this problem and give you a perfectly crispy crust.
How to make Chicken Piccata:
- 2 pounds thinly cut boneless Chicken Breasts
- 2 cups Italian Breadcrumbs
- 3 Eggs whisked together
- 4 tablespoons Butter
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 8 ounces of Mushrooms
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
- the juice of 1 large Lemon
- 1 tablespoon Capers
- 1/2 cup White Wine Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
- 8 ounces Fresh Pasta
- Heat your oven to 275 degrees.
- First you want to bread and sauté the chicken in batches. Melt about half of a tablespoon of butter and a splash of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, start breading the chicken and adding it to the pan. Take the chicken breasts and coat them in the breadcrumbs, then the eggs, and then coat them in a second layer of breadcrumbs. Brown each side of the chicken, adding more butter to the pan as necessary. Continue browning the chicken in batches, adding more butter and olive oil to the pan as you go.
- Once the chicken has browned, put it in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes to finish cooking.
- Once the chicken has been baking for 15 minutes, prepare the sauce and the pasta. Put a pot of water on for the pasta, while you are waiting for the water to boil, get to work on the sauce.
- To make the sauce, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and stir to evenly coat the mushrooms. The mushrooms will still be quite dry, but that is ok. Let them cook down in the pan for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add the white wine and let simmer for 3 minutes. Then add another tablespoon of butter, plus the chicken broth, lemon juice, and capers. Bring to a steady simmer and let reduce for 5 minutes.
- While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta.
- Serve the chicken on a bed of pasta with the mushrooms and sauce spooned over.
I recommend serving the chicken with fresh pasta, I love how it soaks up the sauce. It is also a very quick and easy way to complete the meal. If you have a rack that fits on your baking sheet, definitely use it to bake the chicken. This will keep the breaded crust nice and crispy. If you put the chicken directly on the pan, steam between the chicken and the pan can cause the crust to become a little soggy. Using a rack will cure this problem and give you a perfectly crispy crust.