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Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken with Brown Butter Caper Sauce

Published on January 5, 2024 by Sarah Troester
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This easy recipe for garlic lemon chicken with a brown butter caper sauce is my family’s favorite recipe. Whenever we get together for gatherings they always request this dish. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or crowd-pleasing meal to serve on the weekends for get-togethers.

This garlic lemon chicken with a brown butter caper sauce (also know as “chicken piccata”) is a dish that my entire extended family constantly requests. I’m happy to make it for them because it’s so simple and irresistibly delicious. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll understand why it’s a true dinner winner every time.

This dish combines the tanginess of lemon, the richness of brown butter, and the brininess of capers into one delicious and flavorful harmony. This garlic lemon chicken with a brown butter sauce is a crowd-pleaser and is sure to become a family favorite.

why your family will love garlic lemon chicken with brown butter caper sauce

  • Delicious Flavor
  • Nutritious and Balanced
  • Quick and Easy
  • Versatile and Customizable
  • Crowd-pleaser
  • Kid-friendly

ingredients

To make this easy, delicious, and wholesome one-pan recipe you’ll need a few ingredients that you can get at almost any grocery store or even online!

Here’s what we are working with:

for the chicken
  • chicken breasts – thin, boneless and skinless
  • all purpose flour
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley
  • lemon zest
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • egg
  • olive oil
for the brown butter caper sauce
  • butter
  • garlic cloves
  • white cooking wine or chicken broth
  • lemon juice
  • capers
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley and lemon wedges, for serving

how to make garlic lemon chicken with a brown butter caper sauce

prep and coat the chicken

Prepare the chicken; paper towel dry the thin chicken breasts (be sure to butterfly and pound thin if you bought thick ones).

In a shallow dish combine the flour, grated parmesan cheese, finely chopped parsley leaves, lemon zest, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste; mix well to combine.

Place the eggs and 1 tablespoon water in another shallow dish and whisk well to combine.

Dip each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, and finally back into the flour mixture, making sure to coat both sides evenly. Shake off any excess flour and set chicken aside on a plate.

brown the chicken

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once skillet is very hot, add the chicken to the skillet and cook until golden on both sides, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

prepare the sauce

Prepare the sauce; in the same skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Allow the butter to cook until it turns a golden brown color and develops a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn it!

Once the butter has browned, add the minced garlic, and capers to the skillet. Saute for 1-2 minutes, until garlic becomes fragrant and the capers are slightly crispy. Stir in the white wine (or chicken broth).

Remove the skillet from the heat and squeeze the juice of one lemon into the skillet; add in the parmesan cheese and give a good stir.

Nestle the chicken breasts back into the skillet and garnish with fresh parsley leaves and/or lemon wedges, if desired.

what to serve with garlic lemon chicken with a brown butter caper sauce

This chicken recipe is a very versatile dish that can be paired with a variety of sides depending on your preferences. Here is what we love to serve with this dish:

  • Pasta– You can never go wrong with a side of pasta. Classic Italian pasta noodles like fettuccine, linguine or spaghetti are all great choices. Simply toss them with some olive oil and herbs for an extra flavor boost.
  • Vegetables– Lemon garlic chicken pairs really well with grilled, roasted or sautéed vegetables. Some of our favorites are zucchini, bell peppers, asparagus, and broccoli.
  • Bread– A side of crusty bread is the perfect compliment. Garlic bread is an excellent choice to soak up and add in an extra level of deliciousness.
  • Salad– A fresh salad with mixed greens, cucumber and tomato would be a refreshing option to serve with this hearty dish.
  • Potatoes– Roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes or even sweet potatoes would complement the flavors of lemon garlic chicken.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. It’s definitely one of those recipes worth saving. There’s nothing better than having what looks and tastes like a gourmet meal on the table, but one that saves you time behind the scenes. 

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ENJOY!

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken with Brown Butter Caper Sauce

  • GFGluten-Free
  • SFSugar Free
This easy recipe for garlic lemon chicken with a brown butter caper sauce is my family’s favorite recipe. Whenever we get together for gatherings they always request this dish. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or crowd-pleasing meal to serve on the weekends for get-togethers.
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients 

for the chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts , thin, boneless and skinless
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

for the brown butter caper sauce

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained
  • ¼ cup white cooking wine or chicken broth
  • 1 lemon , juiced
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • lemon wedges, optional, for garnish

Instructions 

prep and coat the chicken

  • Paper towel dry the thin chicken breasts (be sure to butterfly and pound thin if you bought thick ones).
  • In a shallow dish combine the flour, grated parmesan cheese, finely chopped parsley leaves, lemon zest, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste; mix well to combine.
  • Place the eggs and 1 tablespoon water in another shallow dish and whisk well to combine.
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, and finally back into the flour mixture, making sure to coat both sides evenly. Shake off any excess flour and set chicken aside on a plate.

brown the chicken

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once skillet is very hot, add the chicken to the skillet and cook until golden on both sides, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

prepare the sauce

  • In the same skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Allow the butter to cook until it turns a golden brown color and develops a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn it! 
  • Once the butter has browned, add the minced garlic, and capers to the skillet. Saute for 1-2 minutes, until garlic becomes fragrant and the capers are slightly crispy. Stir in the white wine (or chicken broth).
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and squeeze the juice of one lemon into the skillet; add in the parmesan cheese and give a good stir.
  • Nestle the chicken breasts back into the skillet and garnish with fresh parsley leaves and/or lemon wedges, if desired.

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