Four-Step Chicken Piccata

This is my go-to recipe for an unplanned weeknight meal. It's super easy-in just four steps you get a family-friendly and company-worthy[ chicken dinner in minutes. To get extra mileage out of my chicken breast dollar, I like to slice a thick breast into two or three thinner cutlets. I find that three chicken breasts wisely prepped is plenty for serving a family of four. Plus, thin pieces of chicken cook more quickly than thicker ones, meaning dinner gets on the table that much faster. I love the bright citrus flavor and tanginess of the lemons and capers in piccata, but feel free to adjust the ingredients as you like. Tip: Cutting chicken breasts into cutlets is easiest when the chicken is slightly frozen.]

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 pound white button mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Directions
  • 1. Place a chicken breast on a cutting board and set your palm on top of it. Use a sharp knife to slice the chicken into 2 or 3 cutlets. Repeat with the other 2 breasts. Blot dry with paper towels and season with the salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow dish and dredge the chicken through it, evenly coating the chicken on both sides. Place on a plate and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Set the chicken in the pan and cook on each side until browned, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a platter.

  • 2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring often, until they are browned, about 5 minutes.

  • 3. Pour the wine and lemon juice into the pan, using a wooden spoon to stir and scrape up any browned bits from the pan bottom.

  • 4. Add the capers and then stir in the butter until it is melted and the sauce comes together. Turn off the heat and pour over the chicken before serving.


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