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Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe

This Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe 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! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken piccata, lemon chicken, easy chicken piccata, chicken piccata recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 397 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 4 small chicken breasts (about 6-8 oz each)
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour (optional)
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp capers
  • chopped parsley (optional)


  1. Slightly pound out chicken breasts so they are an even thickness and about 1/2-inch thick. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

  2. Sprinkle the chicken with flour. Flip and sprinkle the other side with flour. Use hands to pat the flour into the chicken.

  3.  In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons butter over a medium-high heat. Once butter has melted, swirl the pan and add the chicken breasts. Cook without disturbinguntil golden brown. About 3-4 minutes. Flip over and do the same on the other side. Remove chicken from pan and transfer to a plate. Tent with foil. Don't worry if the chicken is not cooked through, it can simmer in the sauce later.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium and add in white wine, scraping up brown bits on the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until reduced by half. Add lemon juice, simmer another 1-2 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and whisk in butter 1/2 tablespoons at a time. Add chicken back into sauce along with any accumulated juices and simmer a minute or two or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Sprinkle with capers. Garnish with parsley if using.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 175mg58%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 880mg25%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 422IU8%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.