Quick 5-ingredient chicken piccata

Oct 12, 2020
This mouthwatering meal is definitely one for the books! Source: Getty.

If you’re on the hunt for a dinner that can be whipped up in under half an hour but still has all the flavour and heartiness of a real, homemade meal then you have to try this delicious chicken piccata! With just a handful of cheap and easy ingredients, you won’t regret giving this one a red hot go.

This classic dish is just as good to enjoy on your own as it is to serve up to family and friends, making it absolutely perfect for any occasion! Enjoy the gourmet flavour with a side of creamy mashed potato or even some steamed greens to keep it nice and lean.


  • 3 chicken breast fillets (about 250g each), halved horizontally
  • 100g butter, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (50g) drained baby capers
  • 3 lemons, zested, juiced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Place a chicken fillet between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to gently pound until 1.5cm thick. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Season well.
  2. Heat 10g butter in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook the chicken, in 2 batches, for 2 mins each side or until golden brown and just cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Add remaining butter to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 mins or until butter melts and is golden brown.
  4. Add capers and cook for 1 min or until crisp. Add lemon juice and half the lemon zest. Swirl to combine. Return chicken and any juices to the pan. Cook, turning occasionally, for 2 mins or until chicken is cooked through and sauce thickens slightly. Sprinkle with parsley. Gently shake the pan. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve the chicken sprinkled with remaining lemon zest.

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