Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

A quick and easy one pot meal that is on the dinner table in 30 minutes! Tender breaded chicken in a creamy lemon sauce that the entire family will love! 

creamy lemon chicken piccatta in a pan

We survived spring break. It was a nice week spent with the kids. On the first day of spring break, my boys woke up and said that they were bored an hour later. I knew that I would have to get creative this week. Luckily the weather was nice and we spent a lot of time outside. We enjoyed spending time together as a family. It ended on such a beautiful day today on Easter Sunday. I hope you enjoyed spending it with your family as well!

One of our favorite meals of the week was this Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccatta. It was amazing. My favorite part was that it was a one pot meal and ready on the dinner table in 30 minutes!

Areal view of lemon chicken simmering in sauce in a pan.

It is just like the classic chicken piccata dish, but with the added lemon tang. It gives it such a fresh and delicious taste to this creamy sauce. The chicken has a delicious breading on the outside and it is perfect served over some pasta. Everyone in my family loved this meal. It had such a delicious flavor and will be one that we make again and again!

Close up on lemon chicken in a pan with sauce and lemon slices.

 Recipe Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

lemon chicken on noodles with sauce drizzled over on a white plate.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccatta

4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 4 Servings


A quick and easy one pot meal that is on the dinner table in 30 minutes!  Tender breaded chicken in a creamy lemon sauce that the entire family will love! 

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian American
Keyword chicken recipes, creamy lemon chicken piccatta


  • 4 Chicken Breasts Whole Boneless Skinless
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Lemons whole
  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • parsley for garnish, chopped
  • 1 pound Angel Hair Pasta


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. (If the chicken breasts are overly thick, pound them to be thinner. Cooking time will be shorter.) Salt and pepper each side of the chicken breasts and dredge in the flour. Put the chicken breasts in the skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked throughout and no longer pink. Remove from the skillet and set aside on a plate.

  2. Turn the heat to medium low. Add broth, juice from both lemons, heavy cream, and capers. Bring the sauce to a boil and return to medium low heat. Test the sauce and season with salt and pepper as needed. Allow the sauce to cook and bubble for about 3 minutes.
  3. Serve the chicken over cooked pasta and spoon the sauce over both. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Calories994kcal (50%)Carbohydrates98g (33%)Protein66g (132%)Fat37g (57%)Saturated Fat17g (85%)Cholesterol221mg (74%)Sodium855mg (36%)Potassium1244mg (36%)Fiber6g (24%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A914IU (18%)Vitamin C36mg (44%)Calcium86mg (9%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This dish was absolutely amazing, presentation was as pictured, and easy enough to make on a busy weeknight after swim practice and homework! Definitely going into weekly rotation! I followed recipe but added lemon zest along with juice since I only had 1 lemon on hand.

  2. This was the first time I used cream in my Chicken Piccata. When I looked at the recipe I thought, OK that will make the sauce creamier but what about the lemon which will curdle the cream, which it did. I was worried that I had just wasted my time and materials but I continued bring it to a boil and slowly it blended together. the final result was I didn’t see much difference in flavor in using the cream and will not use it again. It was just more calories.

  3. I have made this at least a dozen times. It is so awesome! Everyone I have served it to loves it. It even taste good reheated in the microwave.

  4. This recipe is the BEST! It has become a regular dish in my home. We love the creamy lemony sauce so much. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. So tasty! Love how easy it is. I reduced the amount of broth by 1/4 cup and added dry white wine in it’s place. Also minced a small clove of garlic to add another dimension of flavor. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. Tried your recipe tonight
    Turned out amazing
    Entire family loved it
    Had everything prepped and ready to go
    Easy to put together and so good

  7. I made this tonight, with no changes. My family loves it, big hit and got a big thumbs up. Thankyou for sharing.!!

  8. What a fantastic recipe! I’ve made it at least a half dozen times, and plan to make it again soon. I no longer use my original chicken piccata recipe. I usually season my flour with seasoned salt first, and add freeze dried shallots and garlic to the liquids. I add some white wine in place of an equal amount of broth. Sure the cream adds some calories, but it makes the sauce so…well…creamy! Nice mouth feel to it. I’d post a photo, but usually finish eating it before I remember to take a pic! Easy, quick, tasty…what more do you want

  9. Of course the lemon curds the cream. I knew you can’t put lemon in cream. I’m not even sure why I even tried. I’m also not giving this 5 stars but the system won’t let me rate it as I want

  10. Making this as I write, my lemon isn’t curdling the cream so I feel good about that, and just concerned if I should have wiped my pan out before starting the sauce. I have browned bits from frying the chicken. Otherwise super excited for dinner everyone has positive comments on taste !

    Im not counting calories, and using heavy cream ??

  11. This tastes amazing and came together quickly. I paired it with egg noodles and sautéed some kale as a side. My family loved it! My only issue was that the lemon juice inevitability curdles the cream. Not sure how others have gotten around that? I sprinkled about 1/8 a cup of flour over the top and let it soak up some of the fat, then mixed it in. It worked pretty well.

  12. 5 stars
    First time ever making chicken piccata. This was so quick, so easy, and so delicious. I rarely ever cook because I just don’t like to but this is one of my boyfriends favorite dishes so I thought I would give it a try and boy was it a success. I had no issue with mixing the lemon juice and cream as mentioned in other comments. Thanks so much for sharing! 5 stars

  13. Just made this tonight and it was a hit! I did tweak the recipe a bit by adding a pinch of dry mustard for a little extra tang and a teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon along with the chicken stock.


  14. Made this today and its wonderful. I tweaked it a little becaise we like a lot of sauce. I added garlic, more broth and a splash of wine and a corn startch slurry and added artichoke hearts along with the capers. I forgot to get cream so I used half and half instead I had no issues with curdling and it was velvety smooth. Serving it over parpadelle.

  15. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight. Everyone enjoyed the dish! It was very tasty and I will definitely make this again.

  16. 5 stars
    Delicious Recipe
    My family does not like capers, so I substitute with approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Thyme and it was a hit!!!

  17. Absolutely fantastic!! I added artichokes and about 1/4 cup of white wine, thickened sauce with a bit of flour. Returned chicken to pan, set on low, simmered while pasta cooked (8 min). Will definitely make again!

  18. 4 stars
    I used 1/2 cup half and half and 1/4 cup heavy cream to lower the fat content. I whisked and tried to blend it together, but the lemon juice did curdle the cream. I don’t know how others got around that.

  19. Made this tonight and it was amazing! I love anything lemon so this was right up my alley. I used Half and Half and was worried it may curdle. When I added it it looked like it may but I just whisked it for a few minutes and it was creamy! Will definitely make it again!

  20. 5 stars
    Made this according to the recipe except I used chicken tenderloins. It was absolutely delicious! Will definitely add this recipe to my rotation.

  21. 5 stars
    NOW THIS IS CHICKEN PICATTA! I’ve made this recipe before and my whole family loved it! I’ve since made it a couple times and every time it is so good! I am lactose intolerant so this is a special occasion type meal for me, however I’m curious if any of you have ever tried to use unsweetened Almond Milk or Oatmilk in place of the heavy cream?? If so, PLEASE let me know how it turned out I want to be able to tolerate this weekly or 2 times a month AT LEAST! lol

    Thanks Alyssa for the great recipe! 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    This is the third recipe I have tried and its the third hit. Very easy to put together and tastes delicious. I am looking forward to trying more, I think next we are going to try the Chili. Will be perfect for our cold snowy weather. Thanks again!

  23. It’s January 2. After all of the delicious rich food over the Holidays, I’m looking forward to a fresh “light” pasta dish. This Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata fits perfectly. I’ve made several times with great results every time. It’s a great quick and simple dinner option time and again. And a bit of heavy cream over multiple servings is no big deal. Enjoy! We do!

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