Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken Piccata

Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken Piccata is screaming smooth, creamy, sensational and delicious.  Every bite is full of buttery lemon garlic flavor and will turn your chicken into something magnificent.

A blue background with a cast iron skillet serving creamy lemon garlic chicken piccata, by The Food Cafe.

Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken Piccata

This Chicken Piccata is truly the dream team of flavors.  It’s rich and creamy sauce is to heavy and overpowering and will taste amazing over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.  So I am a huge fan of simplicity and quickness.  I don’t like spending all day and night in the kitchen and when I can make a recipe that is as delicious and this Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken Piccata in 30 minutes, well sign me up.

What does chicken piccata mean in English?

  • Piccata in reference to food and food preparation, means meat or fish that is sliced, sautéed, and served in a sauce made of  butter, lemon, and additional spices.

How do you make Piccata sauce?

  • Piccata sauce is perfect for meat or fish.  I like it paired with chicken, but it would be great with pork chops, halibut, or trout.
  • To make a piccata sauce it is quite simple.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon safflower oil to a heavy skillet.
  • Saute, thinly sliced shallots and garlic for about 1 minute.
  • Add lemon juice and white wine, cooking for about 5 more minutes until sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Finally add in butter and capers and server over your meat or fish of choice.

chicken piccata recipe served with slices of lemon and fresh chopped parsley on top by The Food Cafe.

Chicken Piccata in this creamy, buttery lemon garlic sauce transforms meat into a truly amazing dinner.  That is quick and easy to make and won’t have you in the kitchen all night.  This would be the perfect dat night meal or even first date delight if you are wanting to really impress someone special.

What kind of wine do you use for chicken piccata?

  • There are a lot of different wines you could use for this chicken piccata recipe.  Some more expensive than other will different flavors to them.
  • I use regular white cooking wine.  I believe it is down the isle in the grocery store where the balsamic vinegar is.  I love the flavor it adds, plus it is not expensive.  You can pay anywhere form $6 upward to, or beyond $23 for wine, so it is up to you what type you would like to use.

What is a good side dish for chicken piccata?

There are many great side dishes to choose from when making chicken piccata: Here are a few of my favorites.

  • A thin type of pasta noodle.  I used linguine noodles with mine.
  • White rice or rice pilaf.
  • Mashed potatoes, roasted red potatoes or a baked potato.
  • Roasted vegetables or steamed vegetables.
  • Creamed spinach or corn.
  • Warm sough dough rolls or sliced french bread.
  • A simple garden salad.

Lemon chicken piccata served over a bed of noodles by The Food Cafe.

So wether you are making a change to how you cook your chicken or making this chicken piccata for someone special, you will be amazed at how easy it is to make and how delicious it is to eat.  You will definitely be loved for all your efforts, even though it will look harder than it really was, but who’s telling!

Looking for more chicken recipes?

Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken Piccata


  • 4 thin sliced chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 cup white cooking wine
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons capers
  • lemon wedges, fresh dill, and parsley to garnish


  1. In a large ziplock bag add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, garlic salt, and pepper.
  2. Place chicken in bag and shake to thoroughly coat.  In a large skillet or sauce pan, add 2 Tablespoons safflower oil and cook chicken 6-8 minutes, until golden brown on both sides.  (you may need to cook 2 chicken breast at a time).
  3. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.  Cover chicken with foil to keep warm.
  4. In the same skillet heat 1 Tablespoon safflower oil, add shallots and garlic and sautee about 1 minute.  Add in lemon juice and white wine. Cook for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
  5. Add butter and capers and mix until butter is melted.  Place chicken back in skillet and garnish with lemon wedges, dill and parsley.
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