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Chicken piccata recipe

Chicken piccata recipe

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Chicken piccata is a classic Italian recipe with chicken, which is pounded flat, dredged in flour then fried and comes served with a delicious lemon and caper sauce. Our serving suggestion is mashed potato but you could also serve the chicken with pasta, rice or crispy potatoes. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 353 calories / serving


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 25g butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp fino sherry
  • 3 tbsp capers, drained
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
  • small handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, to serve
  • mashed potato to serve

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    15g 22%
  • Saturates

    5g 25%
  • Sugars

    1g 1%
  • Salt

    2g 34%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 13.6g Protein 38.1g Fibre 1.1g


  1. Take each chicken breast and slice in half across its length to form two thin slices. Place the slices between 2 sheets of lightly oiled clingfilm and bash with a rolling pin until 5mm thick and nearly twice as wide. Place the flour onto a serving plate and generously season with freshly ground black pepper and a little salt. Lightly coat each of the thin chicken breast slices with the seasoned flour. 
  2. Heat the 1 tbsp of the oil and 15g of the butter in a large frying pan. Add the chicken breast slices and cook for 2-3 mins on each side until golden and crisp. Remove from the heat using a fish slice and set aside on a plate. Meanwhile, add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the shallot for 2-3 mins over a medium heat.
  3. Once soft and golden, pour in the fino and immediately add the capers, chicken stock and lemon slices. Bring to the boil and reduce for 1-2 mins until the sauce has thickened a little, then add the remaining 10g of butter. Stir well until melted, then return the chicken slices to the pan and cook again for 3 mins until the chicken is piping hot and the sauce thickened a little more. Serve with mashed potato and garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

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