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Easy Chicken Piccata


In this classic chicken dish, a swirl of butter in the white-wine sauce gives it a creamy consistency.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, December 2006


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces linguine
  • 3 packed cups loose baby spinach (about 5 ounces), torn into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Season cutlets with salt and pepper, then dip into flour, turning to coat; shake off excess.

  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add half the chicken; cook until lightly browned and opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining tablespoon oil and chicken (reserve skillet for sauce).

  3. Meanwhile, cook linguine in boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Add spinach, and stir until submerged. Drain pasta mixture and return to pot. Toss with 1 tablespoon butter; season generously with salt and pepper. Add some reserved pasta water if necessary. Cover to keep warm.

  4. Into skillet, pour wine and lemon juice. Cook over medium-high, stirring to loosen browned bits, until liquid has reduced to 1/3 cup, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; swirl in 2 remaining tablespoons butter until melted. (For a smoother sauce, strain through a fine-mesh sieve, if desired.) Add capers, and season with salt and pepper. Divide chicken and linguine among four serving plates; top chicken with sauce.

Cook's Notes

Capers are often packed in brine. Rinse them in water before adding to a recipe to keep saltiness in check.

Reviews Add a comment

  • doreenjane
    20 MAY, 2013
    So easy and so delicious! Definitely a dinner guest keeper - gourmet! My husband loves this - we have it once every week!
  • Halbert
    19 DEC, 2009
  • MS12186136
    15 JUL, 2009
    This recipe is DELICIOUS!!! It's very simple and quick too!
  • sharonhunt
    14 JUL, 2009
    Having trouble with all the recipes this week as mimi-ads are covering the ingredients and the ad box cannot be shut.
  • craftncook
    13 JUL, 2009
    Isergio, Thanks for the printing not having to print everything along with the recipe :-)
  • balltobe
    13 JUL, 2009
    This was really easy and tasty. The only downside is it didn't hold up well as leftovers.
  • rcravey
    27 JAN, 2009
    Very tasty and quick to prepare. I served it with rolls and squash. I rarely have 'repeat' meals but this one will be an exception!
  • lisj3462
    11 DEC, 2008
    this is so good and easy. i've tried to make this from another recipe and it was complicated and didn't come out very good. i like this one and so did the family. they want me to make again.
  • Tasnim
    9 DEC, 2008
    thanks for the alcohol free tip . will definitely try this recipe now
  • Tasnim
    9 DEC, 2008
    thanks for the alcohol free tip . will definitely try this recipe now