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Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe

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Tender, juicy, and lemony- you just can’t go wrong with the flavors and taste of this easy chicken piccata recipe. 

Looking for an easy recipe you can whip up for date night? This easy chicken piccata recipe is just right! It takes just a few minutes of prep time and tastes absolutely divine. 

But before you go ahead and jump right into the recipe and get started, here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know before you do! 

What is Chicken Piccata?

Chicken piccata is a classic comforting Italian dish that is crafted by slicing chicken breast thinly, coating them in flour, cooking them until golden brown, and then drenching them in a light, a lemony sauce containing butter, capers, and lemon juice.  

easy chicken piccata on pasta

What Do Capers Taste Like?

Capers are an important ingredient for a basic chicken piccata recipe. If you’ve never tried them, you might be confused about what they taste like. They are basically unripened green flower buds that are often pickled and used to add a tangy, salty flavor to your food preparations. 

Capers are known to contain a plethora of antioxidants and are also an excellent source of vitamins A and E. 

What to Serve With the Chicken Piccata

This chicken piccata recipe is an excellent main that you can enjoy on its own. However, if you’re in the mood to take it up a notch, you can team it up with some steamed rice or egg noodles or even some mashed potatoes or cauliflower if you’re trying to keep things healthy. 

You can also serve the piccata with a side of pan-roasted asparagus or green beans or some charred cherry tomatoes. 

Chicken piccata also tastes excellent when served with a nice salad on the side. Whip up a quick salad with ingredients like cucumber, onions, avocado, rocket leaves, and radishes. 

How Do I Store the Leftovers?

Ended up making more than you could have? You can easily store the leftovers in your refrigerator. Just transfer the chicken piccata and all its delicious sauce into an airtight container. It should stay fresh in your refrigerator for 2-3 days. 

You can also freeze the piccata before or after it has been cooked. Just remember to allow it to thaw completely before you reheat it. 

chicken piccata on white plate

Why Did My Chicken Piccata Turn Bitter?

To make the sauce for the piccata, you’ll probably need to use lemon zest. If you’re not zesting the lemon properly, and are getting the white pith portion too, you’ll end up making your sauce taste bitter. 

How Do I Fix My Super Lemony Sauce

With chicken piccata, it can be easy to overdo the lemon flavor, and if you’re not a fan of the intense sourness and tanginess of the lemon, you can add a bit of baking soda to cut through the excess acidity, or balance it out with a bit of sugar or honey. And of course, you could also add in some cream or cheese to lighten the intensity of the sauce and give it a nice, rich, creaminess at the same time!

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Yield: 3-4 servings

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Chicken has always been a very popular ingredient since it is a very versatile meat that we can cook in very different ways. On this occasion, this delicious chicken piccata, despite looking like a gourmet proposal, is perfect to enjoy as a daily meal and is ideal for a delicious lunch or dinner. It's easy to make and requires minimal preparation and cooking. A delicious dish in minutes.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  1. Follow the back of the spaghetti box to cook the noodles, drain and set aside.
  2. Season the chicken breast with the salt and pepper.
  3. Using a medium bowl, combined the flour, oregano, basil and parmesan cheese.
  4. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture on both sides, set aside.
  5. Using your instant pot, add the 3 tbsp olive oil into your pot and turn on saute mode.
  6. Once your instant pot is hot, place one chicken into the pot at a time.
  7. Brown the chicken to a nice crispy texture, remove and set aside.
  8. Add the chicken broth to deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  9. Add the butter, chicken breast, lemon juice and capers back into the pot.
  10. Place the lid on top, seal the valve and set manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  11. Allow to natural release for 5 minutes then release the pressure.
  12. Remove the chicken and turn the pot onto saute mode.
  13. Whisk in the water and cornstarch.
  14. Allow to cook for 2 minutes to thicken.
  15. Scoop some pasta onto a plate, place a chicken on top of the pasta and spoon some sauce on top.
  16. Enjoy!


What can be served with chicken piccata?

Chicken Piccata is traditionally served with angel hair or spaghetti pasta and/or a salad with chicken piccata (plus capers and lemon wedges on the plate). Because chicken is generally versatile, you can also pair chicken piccata with rice or a similar grain, as well as smashed potatoes or lots of vegetables.

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