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This classic Chicken Piccata is pure, simple, and perfect. Thin cutlets of chicken are pan-seared then served with a lively sauce of white wine, lemon juice, and capers. Make just enough for a romantic date night or a pan full for entertaining company over the weekend. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef

THE RECIPE

Classic Chicken Piccata

An Italian restaurant favorite made at home

Though the traditional version of this Italian (perhaps Italian-American is a better label) dish uses veal, chicken piccata has become a staple at Italian restaurants around the world and, after today, will be in your home as well. It’s the kind of dish that is quick enough for a weeknight meal but elegant enough for an entertaining occasion on the weekends.

Thinly pounded cutlets of chicken are lightly dusted with flour then pan-seared in a mixture of butter and olive oil, the former for flavor and the latter for temperature resistance, to create a light crust. After the chicken is removed, the signature sauce is created in the same pan with shallots, garlic, white wine, chicken broth, lemon juice, and capers. Nestled back into the sauce before serving, the chicken absorbs the flavors that surround it, keeping it moist and bright. While the flour on the outside of the chicken helps thicken the sauce just enough, you can also whisk in a little additional flour if you’d like. What you’re left with is a simple, classic, crowd-pleasing dish that is sure to stand at the core of your Italian cuisine repertoire.

THE CHEF

Emilie Raffa

Recipe Developer & Food Writer

Emilie Raffa from The Clever Carrot

I love to feed people...that’s what I do. My approach to cooking uses fresh and seasonal ingredients in a fuss free kind of way. I like to keep it simple without sacrificing on taste. If I can keep the dishes to a minimum, even better!

Emilie is the recipe developer and writer behind The Clever Carrot. As a culinary grad and freelance recipe developer, Emilie’s blog is all about “recipes, stories, and creative tips for the everyday kitchen.” What we love most about Emilie’s style is that even though she has professional training, she shows us how we can make absolutely beautiful dishes very simply by letting the bounty of fresh, seasonal ingredients shine through. This is deliciously unfussy food with big flavor, just the way we like it!

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THE TIP

8 Keys to Perfect Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata may not be a complex dish, but it's simplicity means that every step counts. Here are 8 pro tips to making perfect chicken piccata at home.

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