This Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata will quickly become your new favorite weeknight dinner! Thin chicken breasts are sautéed in butter until crusty and golden brown, then smothered in a zippy lemon and white wine butter sauce. Easy, light and so delicious! 

For more easy chicken dinners, be sure to check out this Crispy Chicken Piccata, this Chicken with Roasted Fennel and Apple Brandy Sauce, or this Creamy Lemon and Mushroom Chicken

Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata

There’s something about coming home after a long day of work, pulling out my cutting board, a knife, and a sauté pan that instantaneously starts to relax my million-miles-a-minute mind. Once I begin cooking, I’m completely at ease. I’m not thinking about the latest crisis at work. I’m not thinking about how I haven’t had a chance to maximize social media to its full potential. And I’m definitely not thinking about the laundry piling up at an alarming rate. 

Easy Dinners are Key

Most nights I don’t care if it takes an hour to get dinner on the table, because I thoroughly enjoy the process. Kevin also prefers to eat later in the evening after he’s decompressed for a little while, so it works out well. On the occasion that I DO need to get dinner done in a flash, easy meals like this Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata can be a total life saver.

Meals like this also help when you have to make dinner for your husband on your lunch break because you’ve scheduled two happy hour dates on consecutive nights, and you feel guilty leaving him to fend for himself.

A friend once told me wife guilty is almost as bad as mom guilt, and I’d agree. 

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While chicken piccata isn’t necessarily something I’d normally think to share here since it’s my I’ve-got-nothing-in-the-pantry dinner, I’ve had several requests for slightly easier, lower ingredient recipes, and I’m happy to oblige. I think sometimes I forget the majority of the population doesn’t cook for a living.

Oftentimes when the word easy and five ingredient get thrown around, it’s automatically assumed the recipe isn’t worthy of a  more upscale dining experience, but that doesn’t have to be the case. While humble in its ingredient list and preparation, this is totally worthy of your family dinner table any day of the week. And – in my opinion – refined enough to serve at a dinner party.

Ingredient lineup

  • Chicken (Obv)
  • Butter (A little bit won’t kill you)
  • Dry white wine. (Can be substituted for chicken stock if you don’t drink.)
  • Lemon
  • Capers

In this particular recipe, I like my chicken to be thin, so you can either buy two large breasts and split them down the middle, or flatten each breast out with a meat mallet or. A rolling pin and a ziplock baggie will also do the trick. 

Chicken breasts browned in butter

How to make Chicken Piccata

  • Season each breast liberally with salt and pepper. Do not skip this step! Since there’s only five ingredients, each layer needs to be optimally seasoned.
  • Next, add the butter to a hot pan. Once it’s melted,  add the chicken and brown on both sides.
  • While the pan is still hot, add the white wine. Scrape up the brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Let the wine reduce. 
  • Lemon juice is next! Simmer again.
  • Whisk in the butter for a velvety finish.
  • Finish cooking the chicken.
  • Garnish with capers and parsley

Sides that go perfectly with Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata

From start to finish, this comes together in about 20 painless minutes. Even better, there’s only one dish to clean. 

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Easy Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata

Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata

Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata will quickly become your new favorite weeknight dinner! Thin chicken breasts are sautéed in butter until crusty and golden brown, then smothered in a zippy lemon and white wine butter sauce. Easy, light and so delicious!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 small chicken breasts or two large
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • Chopped parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slightly pound out chicken breasts. Season liberally with salt and pepper. 
  2. In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons butter over a medium-high heat. Once butter has melted add chicken breasts, cook until golden brown on both sides, about two minutes per side. 
  3. Remove chicken from pan and transfer to a plate. Tent with foil.
  4. With the heat on medium, add in white wine, scraping up brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Simmer until reduced by half. 
  5. Add lemon juice, simmer another minute. Turn the heat down to low and whisk in butter 1/2 tablespoons at a time. 
  6. Add chicken back into sauce and simmer a minute or two. Sprinkle with capers.
  7. Garnish with parsley if using.

Notes

If using two large chicken breasts, use a sharp knife to cut the chicken breasts down the middle lengthwise, so you have four thing pieces (two from each breast.)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 339 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 133mg Sodium: 286mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 38g
This Five Ingredient Chicken Piccata takes virtually no time to throw together, and packs a TON of flavor. Perfect for busy weeknight!

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