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Chicken Piccata with Crispy Garlic

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active time 30 mins
Total time 30 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken cutlet, 3/4 cup pasta, and 3 tbsp. sauce)

The bright, bracing tartness of fresh lemon and briny hit from capers makes this Italian dish a beloved classic. Garlic takes a starring role in this version: Slices infuse the oil for searing the chicken and become a golden, crispy garnish. We save time by opting for chicken cutlets (no need slice or flatten larger breasts) and angel hair pasta (even whole-grain noodles cook in less time than standard spaghetti). The flour coating gives the chicken a gorgeous golden crust. For a gluten-free dish, use any gluten-free flour and swap the pasta for rice.    


  • 6 ounces uncooked whole-grain angel hair pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 pound chicken breast cutlets
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1.1 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/4 cup), divided
  • 2 tablespoons sliced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained

Nutrition Information

  • calories 460
  • fat 17.8 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 10.7 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 34 g
  • carbohydrate 40 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 83 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 654 mg
  • calcium 38 mg
  • sugars 2 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Place in a bowl with 2 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 tablespoon juice; toss. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place 3 tablespoons flour in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.
  2. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium; cook 4 minutes or until garlic is crisp and golden. Remove garlic from pan with a slotted spoon; reserve. Increase heat to medium-high. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon flour and 1/4 cup stock to pan, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining 1 1/4 cups stock and capers; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, 1 tablespoon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Top pasta with chicken, sauce, and garlic.