Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Lemon Chicken with Artichokes, Capers and Arugula

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
If there were an award for “most elegant, tastiest skillet meal made in less than 30 minutes” (and I think there should be), this dish would be the clear winner. With tender chicken breast in a lemony caper and white wine sauce that’s studded with artichokes served atop a mound of fresh arugula, it is beautiful on the plate, packed with flavor, and requires almost no chopping. The chicken is coated lightly in flour, which allows it to brown nicely and serves to thicken the pan sauce. (You can substitute a cup-for-cup gluten-free flour.) A tablespoon of butter takes the tangy sauce to the next level into luxuriously velvety territory. It’s just the recipe to hit refresh on your busy weeknight dinner routine and definitely good enough for company. I like to serve it with some crusty whole-grain Italian bread.



  1. Place the flour on a plate and toss it with the salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture so it is lightly coated, shaking off the excess. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place two pieces of chicken in the pan and cook until they are browned, about 2 minutes per side, then transfer them to a plate. Repeat with another 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil and the remaining chicken, transferring it to the plate.
  2. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet, lower the heat to medium, then add the garlic and artichoke hearts and cook until the garlic has softened a bit, 1 minute. Add the wine, increase the heat to high, and reduce by about half, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, and capers to the skillet, bring to a boil, then cook until the sauce has thickened somewhat, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the butter until it is melted. 
  3. Return the chicken, with any accumulated juices, to the pan, nestling it into the sauce. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. 
  4. To serve, place a cup of the arugula on each of four serving plates. Top each with a chicken breast and spoon the sauce and artichokes on top. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook’s Note

The chicken and artichoke sauce will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.