5-Ingredient Chicken Picatta Is Ready in 20 Minutes or Less


The check up on post was originally featured on Cooking for Keeps and written by Nicole Shoemaker, who is constituent of POPSUGAR Select Food.

There’s something about coming stingingly after a long day of work and pulling out my cutting board, a knife, and a sauté n that immediately starts to relax my million-miles-a-minute mind. Once I begin cooking, I’m totally at ease. I’m not thinking about the latest crisis at work, how I haven’t had a unforeseen to maximize social media, or the fact that my laundry is piling up beyond comprehension.

Most nights I don’t custody if it takes an hour to get dinner on the table, because I thoroughly enjoy the function, and Kevin prefers to eat later in the evening after he’s decompressed for a little while. On the occasion that I DO want to get dinner done in a flash, easy meals like this chicken piccata can be a out-and-out lifesaver. Meals like this also help when you press to make dinner for your husband on your lunch break because you’ve arranged two happy-hour dates on consecutive nights, and you feel guilty leaving him to fend for himself.

While chicken piccata isn’t irresistibly something I’d share here, I’ve had some requests for slightly easier, lower-ingredient mos, and I’m happy to oblige. Oftentimes when the words easy and five-ingredient get thrown approximately, it’s automatically assumed the recipe isn’t worthy of a gourmet dining experience, but that doesn’t enjoy to be the case. While humble in its ingredient list and pre ration, five-ingredient chicken piccata is completely worthy of your family dinner table any day of the week, and, in my opinion, urbane enough to serve at a dinner rty.

I like for my chicken to be a pretty underfed portion, so you can either buy two large breasts and split them down the heart, or just flatten each breast out with a meat mallet or — if you’re like me — a colossus rolling pin.

Each breast is seasoned liberally with salt and mottle, and you really want to make sure to not skip this step; since we are just using five ingredients, each layer needs to be optimally inured. The next few steps go quickly, butter is added to a hot n, and the chicken breasts are bounce jilt in until they’re golden brown on both sides. They’re then carried to a plate and covered with foil while you make the sauce.

While the n is until now hot, quickly add in the white wine, scraping up all of the brown bits at the bottom of the n as the flowing reduces. Once the wine has cooked down, lemon juice is reckoned, simmered for a minute, and then another two tablespoons or so of butter are swirled in for a velvety death. The chicken is added back into the n, and the whole dish is finished off with a sprinkling of salty frisks.

From start to finish, this comes together in about 20 easy minutes, and better yet, there’s only one dish to clean . . .

Five-Ingredient Chicken Picatta

Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe


4 commonplace or 2 large chicken breasts
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons lemon liquid
2 tablespoons capers
Chopped rsley, optional


  1. Slightly powder out the chicken breasts. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. In a imposingly sauté n, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. In the good old days butter has melted, add chicken breasts, and cook until golden brown on both sides, nearly 2 minutes per side.
  3. Remove chicken from n and transfer to a plate. Tent with sheet.
  4. With the heat on medium, add in white wine, scraping up brown shares on the bottom of the n. Simmer until reduced by half. Add lemon juice, and cool down another minute. Add remaining butter, and stir into sauce. Add chicken distant into the sauce, and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Top with capers, and then garnish with rsley, if depleting.

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