Chicken Piccata over Pasta


Experience a symphony of flavors with our Citrus Harmony Chicken Piccata over Pasta. This classic Italian dish features tender chicken breasts in a zesty, buttery lemon-caper sauce, served over a bed of perfectly cooked pasta. It's a delightful combination of tangy, savory, and umami flavors, perfect for a sophisticated dinner.

Chicken Piccata over Pasta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast with pasta

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 500 kcal
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 720mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 35g


  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 4
  • All-purpose flour - for dredging
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Unsalted butter - 4 tablespoons
  • Fresh lemon juice - 3 tablespoons
  • Capers, drained - 2 tablespoons
  • Chicken broth - ½ cup
  • Fresh parsley, chopped - for garnish
  • Pasta (like spaghetti or linguine) - 400 grams (14 ounces)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Pound the chicken breasts to even thickness and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge the chicken in flour, shaking off excess.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook the chicken until golden and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  5. In the same skillet, add lemon juice, capers, and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Return the chicken to the skillet and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  8. Remove the chicken from the skillet and whisk in the remaining butter until the sauce thickens slightly.
  9. Drain the pasta and serve the chicken over the pasta, spooning the sauce over both.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the chicken is not too thick for even cooking and tender results.
  • Lemon zest can be added for extra citrus flavor.
  • The sauce should be a balance of tangy and savory - adjust lemon juice and capers to taste.
  • Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for an added flavor boost.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes, but adjust cooking times as thighs may take longer to cook.

Can I make this dish gluten-free?

Use gluten-free flour for dredging and serve over gluten-free pasta.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Your Citrus Harmony Chicken Piccata over Pasta is ready to grace your dinner table with its elegant and refreshing flavors. It's a dish that promises to delight your senses and leave a lasting impression on your palate. Serve it up and bask in the compliments that are sure to come your way!