Authentic Vietnamese recipes from the Motherland

Chicken Piccata Recipe

I bought a jar of capers from Costco. I will be eating capers for the next 10 years. So here's a simple dish that involves capers that my sister and I made the other night: Chicken Piccata.

 Chicken Piccata 

Chicken Piccata 


  • 2 large lemons
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts; pounded thin
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 large minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons of capers
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley or cilantro
  • Salt, pepper and vegetable oil for frying


  1. Juice one and a half lemons. Thinly slice up the remaining half.
  2. Season the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the flour in a shallow dish and lightly flour all of the chicken breasts. Dust off the excess.
  4. Heat up a skillet and add in enough vegetable oil to lightly coat the bottom of the skillet.
  5. Brown the chicken breasts, about 2 minutes each side (you may have to do this in batches). Chicken may not be cooked thoroughly at this point but don't worry.
  6. Transfer the browned chicken breasts on a plate lined with paper towels.
  7. In the same skillet, add the garlic. Saute until fragrant (30 seconds).
  8. Add the white wine.
  9. Scrap the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  10. Add the chicken broth and lemon slices, and simmer until the sauce reduces slightly (~1 minute).
  11. Add the lemon juice and capers and simmer until the sauce reduces slightly again (~1 minute).
  12. Reduce the heat. Swirl in the butter to thicken the sauce.
  13. Season with salt and pepper.
  14. Stir in the parsley or cilantro.
  15. Add chicken breasts to sauce to finish cooking. Let the sauce penetrate through the chicken breasts (~1 minute for each side).

When serving, remember to spoon some of the sauce over the chicken breasts.

I served the chicken piccata with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach with garlic and olive oil, two other very simple side dishes. And the result? Quick and delish! Enjoy!