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A generous serving of creamy lemon chicken piccata on a white plate topped with fresh parsley and sliced lemons.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Creamy lemon chicken piccata is a delicious 30-minute meal with lightly breaded chicken breasts smothered in a garlic and caper cream sauce.


Units Scale
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (58 oz. each)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water, (optional) to thicken
  • Lemon slices, to garnish


  1. Pound the chicken breasts to an even 1” thickness with a meat mallet and season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess.
  3. In a 12” skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add olive oil. Pan-fry the chicken on each side until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.
  4. Melt remaining butter and toss in garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, pour in chicken broth and scrape up the browned bits stuck to the pan. Add heavy cream and bring to a gentle boil.
  6. Add capers, lemon juice and parsley. Do a taste test and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Simmer the sauce gently until it has reduced a little and is thick and creamy, or add the cornstarch slurry for a quicker, thicker sauce.
  8. Add chicken back to the pan and spoon the sauce over the chicken. Simmer in the sauce until the chicken is heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
  9. Garnish with more parsley and lemon slices. Dish and serve hot over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes and veggies.
  10. Enjoy!


  • Deglaze with wine – Add a splash of dry white wine to deglaze the pan and add more flavor to the sauce. Let it cook off before adding in the chicken broth.
  • Add some Parmesan – Sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan in the sauce for a richer sauce.
  • Add more flavor – Season the chicken with paprika and garlic powder along with the salt and pepper.
  • Spice it up – Add a little kick with a dash of red pepper flakes.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins