Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce Recipe -
Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce Recipe
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Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce

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"A rich chicken dish, perfect for a special meal."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Mix together salt and flour in a small dish or plastic bag, then coat chicken and shake off excess. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Shake excess flour from chicken, then brown in hot oil until both sides are golden-brown, and the inside has turned white and firm, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  2. Remove the chicken, and set aside in a warm place. Pour white wine into the skillet, and allow to boil as you dissolve the cooked bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the lemon juice, and allow to come to a boil, cook for a few minutes until reduced by half.
  3. Sprinkle the cubed butter into the boiling sauce. Swirl and shake the pan vigorously to dissolve the butter, thus thickening the sauce. The butter must never come to rest, or the sauce will separate and become oily. Once the butter has completely incorporated, remove from heat and stir in capers.
  4. To serve, pour lemon-caper sauce over the chicken, and serve with a wedge of lemon.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 18, 2007

This recipe was wonderful. I made a couple of changes to the recipe of course :) but it was delicious! I added pepper and granulated garlic to the flour and salt mixture. I also doubled the sauce because I was making 4 chicken breasts. I didn't measure the amount of lemon juice I used, I just put in the juice of one extra large lemon. The lemon flavor was great, and the chicken was cooked perfectly in the amount of time recommended. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 24, 2007

I've used some much better chicken picatta recipes. This one was just okay.

Dec 17, 2007

YUMM__O! This recipe is also known as Chicken Picatta. I worked for Olive Garden for 9 years and this was one of my favorites. This recipe is amazingly awesome!!!!!!!Just like Olive Gardens. My only suggestion is to double or TRIPLE the sauce because I love to dip my bread in it as well as make sure my meat is coated well. I don't like to skimp. This is also great substituting veal and I may try the sauce on pork chops. You can NOT go wrong with this recipe. EASY EASY and friends will think you fussed a long time over it. This will become a staple in my house. Everyone has GOT to try this one. ENJOY!!

May 02, 2007

I substituted chicken broth for the wine. I don't know how much difference that made, but the dish turned out wonderfully. DELICIOUS! The capers add great flavor that blends beautifully with the lemon sauce. Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Apr 12, 2008

Totally worth 5 stars in my family's opinion! I made the recipe exactly as stated, although I did not serve with the lemon wedges and I did double the sauce. The sauce was so good, you could easily triple it and use every drop! I did not find the lemon overpowering or the capers too salty -- it was just perfect for our tastes. However, next time I will pound the chicken breasts to flatten them a little as another reviewer recommended. I also think the butter could easily be cut in half and not be missed. Thanks for sharing!

Feb 12, 2007

I'm moving and have packed nearly everything in my kitchen. This recipe is not only easy, but does not require many items. I added a clove of garlic to the boiling wine sauce and used salted butter because I felt it needed more zing. I didn't measure the lemon. It was very simple and really good. Will go into my rotation. Thanks!

Apr 18, 2007

This is probably my favorite chicken recipe I have ever made. The chicken had such a great flavor, and the sauce was delicious. My husband gobbled it up and there were no leftovers!

Aug 16, 2007

This is a favorite with everyone we've served this dish to. We pound the chicken so that it cooks evenly and quicker. For a change, I made it last night with garlic-marinated green olives instead of capers and it was great. The olives have a flavor quality similar to the capers, and are a great substitute for those people who don't like capers. I like to serve this with couscous. Also, I double the wine and lemon juice in the sauce, but not the butter; I like the extra sauce, but can't bring myself to use a whole stick of butter!


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  • Calories
  • 662 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.2 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 160 mg
  • 53%
  • Fat
  • 39 g
  • 60%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 43.3 g
  • 87%
  • Sodium
  • 372 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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