This creamy lemon chicken with capers recipe is easy to make and tastes amazing. A flavorful sauce doesn’t have to mean a ton of calories and this recipe will show you how to make that happen. Chicken piccata is an Italian dish known for its bright, tangy flavors and the tender texture of the chicken. This recipe is simple and quick and will be on the table in less an 30 minutes.

Creamy chicken with capers and lemon shown on a white plate with small bowls of capers and parsley.

This recipe is absolutely delicious and it’s so easy that it hardly takes 30 minutes to make. Tender and juicy chicken breast cutlets served over lemony, buttery, and caper topped sauce is the ultimate comfort food that your heart and soul would crave after a long day of work.

Close up of chicken with capers and lemon sauce, garnished with parsley.

Serve it with pasta, spaghetti, sautéed veggies, or mashed potatoes, and enjoy a quick homemade dinner with your loved ones.

Ingredients For Lemon Caper Chicken

Ingredients for chicken piccata include flour, capers, broth, parsley, butter, salt, pepper, olive oil and chicken breasts.
  •  Chicken Breasts – Flattened and deboned. I try to use free-range or organic when I can but this is down to personal choice and budget
  • 1/2 Cup Capers – Rinsed. Their unique briny, tangy flavor add a burst of acidity and a touch of saltiness to the Chicken Piccata, balancing the richness of the butter and the tartness of the lemon in the sauce.
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice – This adds a bright, acidic element to the dish, which helps to cut through the richness of the butter and brings balance to the overall flavor profile, while also enhancing the other ingredients in the sauce.
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Stock or Broth – Wine could be substituted but I prefer chicken stock to tone down the acidity of the lemon and capers.
  • 4 Tablespoons Light Butter – This cuts the calories of a full fat butter sauce, but helps to give it a silky, smooth finish.
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley – To finish the dish

How Do You Store Leftover Chicken With Capers & Lemon?

You can store the chicken in an airtight container for 4 days in the refrigerator or for around 3 months in the freezer. Place the sauce and chicken in a separate bag if freezing; to reheat, thaw the chicken overnight in the fridge and then heat chicken and sauce together in the oven.

Two chicken breasts on a white plate with a creamy lemon caper sauce and sprinkled with parsley.

If you are looking for other easy chicken recipes, check out this Parmesan Chicken recipe or these Chicken Parmesan Rollups.

You might also like this honey mustard chicken too. These recipes are easy to make and perfect additions to your weekly meal plan.

creamy lemon chicken with capers overhead shot

Lemon Caper Chicken Recipe

Dash of Herbs
This delicious lemon caper chicken recipe is super easy to make and comes together in a few minutes for an impressive, yet simple dish.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 396 kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup capers
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or white wine
  • 4 Tablespoons light butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Salt and pepper the chicken.  In a large skillet, melt 2 T of butter over medium heat. Cook the chicken about 7-8 minutes on each side. Set aside.
    lemon chicken with capers process step 4
  • Add the chicken broth or wine (depending on which one you use), lemon juice and capers. Bring to a boil.
    lemon chicken with capers process step 6
  • Take the chicken out of the skillet and set aside.  Add the remaining butter and olive oil to the pan and melt until the sauce thickens a bit.
    lemon chicken with capers process step 7
  • To serve, add the creamy capers sauce and put it over the cooked chicken.


Calories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 49gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 873mgPotassium: 863mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 336IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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  1. How many weight watcher points is this? Thank you! I can’t wait to try it tonight.

  2. I’ve never tried to make it with Smart Balance but I’m sure you could reduce the WW points on this recipe by reducing the amount of butter used and adding the SB oil. Part of what makes this recipe so delicious is the flavor you get from using butter so I wouldn’t eliminate it completely. If you try it, please let us know how you got on?

  3. Is this recipe weight watchers friendly?
    I have not made it yet. Can you replace the butter with smart balance?

  4. I’m sure you could add a little cornstarch to the sauce and it wouldn’t affect the SmartPoints. I just checked and 1Tbsp didn’t change the SmartPoints.

  5. It was great. I’d like to thicken the sauce up a bit more, but I don’t want to add extra smartpoints. The flavor was fantastic!

  6. So besides my big mess up with the recipe, how did it turn out? I’d love to hear how it was for you. I made it twice and loved it both times.

  7. Thank you so much! I’m cooking it now!

  8. You are so right. I’m so sorry about that. I just updated it to include those steps.

  9. The recipe never mentions when to use the Olive oil nor the lemon juice.

  10. I love them too! I had no idea how great this would be, but it’s so good. Refreshing with the lemon and a bit savory with the sauce and the capers. Let me know if you try it. I’d love to know how it turned out for you.

  11. I love capers…so excited to try this!

  12. Thank you so much! It is definitely tasty…as is most things with lemon in them.

  13. 5 stars
    This looks so tasty!! Glad I stumbled upon your blog! I’ve got some great chicken recipes on too, check it out! 🙂 xo

  14. Thank you! We LOVED this dish. I know that’s it’s something that I will make again and again…it’s that good!

5 from 9 votes (8 ratings without comment)

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