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Chicken Piccata

chicken piccata recipeYou know how you make something a million times and then forget about it for 5 years? Yeah, that is what happened with chicken piccata. I used to make it at least once a week and then it fell out of the rotation. And that makes me sad because it is so delicious and quick. Not only that, it is incredibly versatile. Once you learn how make chicken cutlets, you can make about a thousand different variations. Chicken Parmesan. cutlets with arugula and shaved parm with a squeeze of lemon.

And kids love it. I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love a chicken cutlet. Okay, I can think of one, but she doesn’t like anything.

This is an easy weeknight meal, but also perfect for date night, or impressing some guests. It seems fancy, but really, it includes ingredients that you probably have at home. I serve mine with pasta that has had one quick turn in the pan sauce. Rice is also great with this. I also like to add a good helping of steamed green beans.

chicken piccata recipe2 – 4 chicken breasts, split in half
2 cups bread crumbs
2 eggs
salt and pepper
1 stick butter
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup capers
1/4 cup parsley

chicken piccata recipeThe down side to making cutlets is that it can be a little messy, but I have learned to make the clean up easier. I take a grocery bag and cut it so that it becomes like a bowl. Sometimes, I do this with foil, even the eggs. Get everything set up and then start on the chicken.

chicken piccata recipe

Take the chicken breast and hold your hand on top of it. Slice it in half.

chicken piccata recipeLay the chicken pieces between two sheets of wax paper. And then pound it with a tenderizer or rolling pin until it is very thin.

chicken piccata recipeYou do this because it cuts the cooking time. The outside stays crispy and not burnt, and the inside cooks through.

chicken piccata recipeNow you have all 3 parts. Once you start doing this, you don’t really want to stop. So it is easier to get everything ready ahead of time. Season the eggs and breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.

chicken piccata recipeDip the chicken into the egg mixture, then completely coat in the breadcrumbs.

chicken piccata recipeI like to line a baking sheet with foil and lay the chicken breasts out. You can keep these in the fridge for a few hours until you are ready to cook them.

chicken piccata recipeHeat a saute pan over medium high heat, and melt a few tablespoons of butter and a few tablespoons of olive oil. Let this get hot, test by dropping some breadcrumbs into the pan, when it sizzles, it is ready.

chicken piccata recipeCook each side for about 3 minutes. The crust should be golden brown.

chicken piccata recipeKeep these in a very low oven, 300 degrees, while you work on the sauce.

chicken piccata recipeIdeally, you will have browned bits leftover from cooking the chicken. I burnt a piece, so I had to clean out my pan. Hopefully, you will still have some bits leftover. Heat another tablespoon of butter.

chicken piccata recipeAdd the lemon juice, chicken stock, and capers.

chicken piccata recipeBring the mixture to a boil. Add a pat of butter to mellow out the sauce. Check for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

chicken piccata recipePour the sauce over the chicken. Serve with rice or pasta and some green vegetables.

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Chicken Piccata


Ingredients

  • 2 – 4 chicken breasts, split in half
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/4 cup parsley

Instructions

  1. Take the chicken breast and hold your hand on top of it. Slice it in half. Lay the chicken pieces between two sheets of wax paper. And then beat the crap out of it until it is very thin.
  2. Pour the breadcrumbs into a bowl and beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Season the eggs and breadcrumbs with salt and pepper. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture, then completely coat in the breadcrumbs.
  3. I like to line a baking sheet with foil and lay the chicken breasts out. You can keep these in the fridge for a few hours until you are ready to cook them.
  4. Heat a saute pan over medium high heat, and melt a few tablespoons of butter and a few tablespoons of olive oil. Let this get hot, test by dropping some breadcrumbs into the pan, when it sizzles, it is ready. Cook each side for about 3 minutes. The crust should be golden brown. Keep these in a very low oven, 300 degrees, while you work on the sauce.
  5. Add the lemon juice, chicken stock, and capers. Bring the mixture to a boil. Add a pat of butter to mellow out the sauce. Check for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Serve with rice or pasta and some green vegetables.

 

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  1. Tom

    September 19th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I make this with a bit of white wine. Its so easy now that stores in the area started carrying tiny splits of various wines for $1 each. Couple of Chardonays and Cabs in the cupboard for easy flavor and a great addition to cooking.

  2. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I love that stores are carrying small bottles now. I like being able to try new wines without having to get a whole bottle.

  3. Jacqueline @howtobeagourmand

    September 20th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Looks really delicious Bree and so easy to replicate (the kind of recipes I adore πŸ™‚ )
    I’m sure it works really well with capers too.

  4. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Did I forget to the capers? Whoops!

  5. Carlas Confections

    September 20th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Yes that does look really yummy! Love the breading too! Love it

  6. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks Carla! My mom is smart sometimes. πŸ™‚

  7. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

    September 20th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    love the way you do breadcrumbs! much better clean-up!!

  8. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks, my mom taught me to do it that way.

  9. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    September 20th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Chicken cutlets really are an easy pleaser as far as chicken meals go! I love the simplicity of the sauce πŸ™‚

  10. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Yes, they really are. Everyone loves a cutlet.

  11. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    September 20th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I haven’t had chicken Piccata in such a long time. What’s really good is veal piccata, but I haven’t had that in a while either.

  12. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    You know what? I have never had veal before. My mom eats it all the time, and loves it.

  13. Bree

    September 20th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I love a great chicken piccatta and this one looks beautiful!

  14. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Me too Bree! I love this recipe, easy and everyone loves it. That doesn’t happen very often.

  15. Denise @ TLT

    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Totally recognize this! How strange is it that you completely forget about favorites until someone (or something) reminds you about them?! I think this piccatta needs to be made in my house soon, let’s see if this can become a new favorite and regular;)

  16. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I know! I then think about what other recipes I have forgotten about!

  17. Mariana

    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:17 am

    It’s always funny to realize how much food culture is different from place to place.
    Here in Brazil the “frango a milanesa” is considered a really basic, day-to-day one and i dont think any brazilian has ever considered (or ever will) to be a date-night dish or ever made it to impress guests. This is the kind of dish you’ll find in any popular, chip restaurant for lunch.
    Even though, it is a delicious one, and yours looks so good!

  18. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    It is funny isn’t it? Even here in the US, it varies from state to state.

  19. Karen

    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Love this recipe! I think I may try it with chicken tenders and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes and ideas with us!

  20. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    It will be great!

  21. Suz

    October 6th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Hello Bree, Your chicken Piccata recipe is DELICIOUS! I made it earlier this week when my family came into town and it was a big hit. My three-year-old even asked for seconds…that doesn’t happen every day!! I was introduced to your blog about 2 years ago through my friend Molly Winn’s blog. Since then I have made countless recipes (ok, at least 30) and feel as though I’ve come to know you along the way. Rencently I made your Brown Sugar and Balsamic Slow Cooked Pork (I love your Slow Cooker section…such a helpful resource!) for some friends and they asked for the recipe. Without a second thought I told them that I got the recipe from a friend, and then I laughed out loud and told them that you FEEL like a friend, but we actually don’t know each other. Did you know you have a “friend” in Santa Barbara?? All this to say, thank you for sharing your delicious recipes, great pictures, and the warmth from your home.

  22. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I feel the same way, like I know all of the people that read my blog. I am so glad that you love the recipes, and thanks for letting me know.

  23. Sanaa

    October 15th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Wow am eating this right now this put so kick into my week! I love it

  24. sreebindu

    October 19th, 2012 at 4:45 am

    New follower πŸ™‚ yumm..to die for πŸ™‚
    xx

  25. bakedbree

    October 20th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Welcome!

  26. Laurel Wollweber

    January 9th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Bree

    I just finished preparing your chicken piccata and wanted to say it was delicious. My husband (who does not look forward to chicken) said he wouldn’t mind if I fixed this again! Also my son (a very good cook) loved it too.

    Thank you for sharing.

  27. bakedbree

    January 14th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    That sounds like a stamp of approval!

  28. Sarah

    September 11th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I decided to try something new last night and I’m so glad I did! This chicken piccata was fantastic! I’m a novice cook, and I find the pictures in your posts oh-so-helpful (and beautiful.) Thanks!

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