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A plate of Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata next to a sprig of thyme and a jar of capers

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

Katerina | Diethood
A healthier spin on an Italian classic, Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata is made with juicy grilled chicken breast smothered in a light and tangy piccata cream sauce. The bright taste of lemon and capers and the savory flavor of the chicken combine into a classy and sophisticated meal that's simple enough to satisfy the pickiest eater.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • salt, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained


  • Lightly pound chicken breasts to an even thickness. DO NOT POUND THIN.
  • Season chicken with lemon-pepper seasoning and salt, if using; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil and butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Add chicken and continue to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly, turning once during cooking.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate and keep covered.
  • Return skillet to heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine milk and cornstarch; whisk until incorporated.
  • Stir in fresh thyme.
  • Pour milk mixture into the skillet and whisk, scraping up the bits on the bottom of the skillet; continue to whisk until thickened and bubbly, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in capers.
  • Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Pour sauce over chicken.
  • Serve.


  • Stove


  • To Store: Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Keep the sauce in a sealable freezer-safe container and wrap the chicken well in plastic wrap for up to 3 months. Thaw in fridge overnight before reheating.
  • To Reheat: Pop in the oven for 10 minutes at 350°F or reheat on the stove until warmed through.


Calories: 223 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 26 g | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 84 mg | Sodium: 295 mg | Potassium: 509 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 180 IU | Vitamin C: 2.5 mg | Calcium: 81 mg | Iron: 0.5 mg | Net Carbs: 5 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken with lemon and capers, lemon caper chicken, lemon pepper chicken