And up close view of this lemon caper chicken still sitting in the skillet with a serving spoon lifting up one of the chicken breasts. It has capers sprinkled over it as well as fresh parsley.

Lemon Caper Chicken Recipe

A deliciously healthy chicken picatta recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 5 servings
Calories 327 kcal
Author The Gracious Pantry


  • 2 1/2 lb. chicken breasts (about 5 boneless, skinless breasts)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. small capers (drained, soaked for 5 minutes and rinsed - If you can only find large capers, chop them.)
  • 2 tbsp. organic cornstarch (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (no sugar added, low sodium is best)
  • salt to taste after cooking
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  1. Place your chicken breasts on a flat work surface. If you prefer to tenderize it, do so now. Season with salt and pepper.

    Step one of this lemon caper chicken recipe shows the raw chicken breasts sitting on a cutting board, ready to prep.
  2. Warm the oil in your skillet and add the chicken to it.

    Step three shows the chicken breasts in the skillet, ready to cook.
  3. When the chicken is no longer pink on the outside, add half of the lemon juice and continue to cook.

    Step four shows the chicken breasts cooking and browning beautifully in the cast iron skillet.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, rest of the lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder and capers. Whisk in the cornstarch as well and set aside.

    Step two shows the whisked lemon sauce in a mixing bowl with the whisk still in it. Cut lemons sit to the side of the bowl.
  5. When the chicken is nearly done, pour in the chicken broth mixture and cook until the chicken is done and the liquid has thickened into a nice sauce.

    Step five shows the capers added to the skillet, sprinkled over the chicken.
  6. If needed, season with a little extra salt to taste.

    The finished lemon caper chicken, ready to serve over pasta, rice, or just by itself!
  7. Serve over whole grain pasta, rice or with your favorite side dishes.

    A single chicken breasts shown served over some whole grain pasta. Cut lemons sit to the side of the white bowl.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Caper Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 602mg26%
Potassium 932mg27%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 11.5mg14%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.