Easy Piccata Milanese with Piccata Sauce

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  • Piccata Milanese is such a simple, flavorful chicken dish. The easy and amazing Piccata Sauce is made with olive oil, butter, lemon juice, wine and capers.  

    piccata milanese in piccata sauce in a casserole dish

    I love quick and easy chicken recipes. This Piccata Milanese with Piccata Sauce is a family favorite – it comes together in less than 25 minutes! It’s a comforting Italian classic. Piccata is chicken breasts lightly dredged in flour and breadcrumbs, pan fried for a soft golden crust and finished with a light buttery piccata sauce.

    You can serve it on it’s own drizzled in it’s delicious sauce or on a bed of pasta. Either way it’s amazing and sure to become your family favorite, too! I love serving it with PeasGreen Beans with BaconCaramelized Shallot Mashed PotatoesGarlic Smashed Potatoes, or Garlic Mashed Cauliflower.

    Piccata Milanese

    It’s so moist and the breadcrumbs covered in Piccata Sauce give this dish the best texture. It feels like such a special treat, yet comes in at just 261 calories per serving! It’s so satisfying.

    what is piccata

    Piccata is an Italian preparation of meat like chicken, veal or fish, where it is pounded or sliced sliced, sautéed and served in a sauce comprised of lemon juice, butter, and capers.


    I get a lot of questions and comments on my recipes and posts, so I try to provide as much information as possible for my readers including tips and tricks, shortcuts, how to store and so much more!

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    piccata milanese in baking dish with capers on top

    Piccata Ingredients

    • Chicken Breasts – boneless skinless is preferred.
    • Flour – all purpose flour is the foundation for breading
    • Salt – a hint of salt brings out the flavor of all the other ingredients.
    • Pepper – I always like to use fresh cracked black pepper for a thick flake, but any pepper will do.
    • Egg + Water – egg and water allow the breadcrumbs to stick. Egg is also known for achieving that beautiful golden color.
    • Bread Crumbs – the essential ingredient in piccata to achieve that amazing crust.
    • Olive Oil – just enough to brown the breasts.

    How to Make Piccata Milanese

    There are so many methods of preparation of this amazing dish, but over the years I’ve simplified and perfected it. It’s quick and easy – ready in less than 30 minutes!

    1. Preheat oven.
    2. Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of parchment paper or wax paper and pound it (I linked to my favorite tools below) to 1/4″ thick. Salt and pepper both sides.
    3. Combine flour, salt, pepper and pour onto a shallow dish or dinner plate. piccata sauce ingredients
    4. Beat egg and water. Pour onto another dinner plate.
    5. Put breadcrumbs on a third plate.
    6. Coat each chicken breast with flour mixture (removing excess flour), egg mixture, followed by breadcrumbs.
    7. In a skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil. Cook chicken breasts for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. piccata milanese recipe
    8. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and bake 8 minutes. breaded chicken piccata in casserole dish
    9. Meanwhile, remove any brown bits in the sauté pan with a paper towel and melt butter oven medium heat. Increase heat to high and add lemon juice, white wine, capers, salt and pepper. Boil until reduced in half (2 minutes).
    10. Spoon the piccata sauce over the chicken breasts and serve. Optional: serve with fresh chopped parsley or parmesan cheese.

    piccata sauce over breaded chicken

    Piccata Sauce

    This Piccata Sauce is so simple, yet so full of flavor! It’s is so amazing I want to drizzle it on everything! In fact, you’ll want to enjoy it by the spoonful. Piccata Sauce is made with olive oil, butter, lemon juice, wine and capers. When the picata sauce reduces it fills your home with the most amazing aroma. The alcohol in the wine burns off leaving it’s incredible essence.

    “I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking.” – Julia Child

    chicken piccata in piccata sauce

    Picatta Sauce Ingredients

    Butter – the ingredient that gives Picatta Milanese it’s melt-in-your-mouth quality. Salted or unsalted, it’s your choice!

    Lemon Juice – a hint of lemon juice makes this dish taste bright and balances the flavors.

    Wine – You can use your favorite white wine and enjoy the remainder of the bottle, which I highly recommend. Use a crisp or wine with high acidity that isn’t sweet.

    • Pinot Grigio
    • Pinot Gris
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Unoaked Chardonnay

    White cooking wine will also do! Cooking wine only has 5% alcohol whereas a bottle of wine will generally have between 10-13% alcohol. Use whichever you prefer.

    Capers – my favorite ingredient in Picatta Sauce! A caper in every bite.

    piccata milanese covered in piccata sauce

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    Piccata Milanese (Piccata Sauce)

    Piccata Milanese is such a simple, flavorful chicken dish. The easy and amazing Piccata Sauce is made with olive oil, butter, lemon juice, wine and capers.  

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American, Italian
    Keyword breaded chicken, capers, chicken, chicken piccata, how to bread chicken, picaata milanese, piccata, piccata sauce, sauce, white wine sauce for pasta
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 14 minutes
    Total Time 24 minutes
    Servings 6
    Calories 261 kcal


    • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 1/2 c flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
    • 1 egg
    • 1 Tbsp water
    • 3/4 c Italian bread crumbs
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 3 Tbsp butter
    • 1/3 c lemon juice
    • 1/2 c dry white wine see suggestions below
    • 1 Tbsp capers


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    2. Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Pound to 1/4" thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    3. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow plate. 

    4. Beat egg and water and pour onto a plate.

    5. Place breadcrumbs on a third plate. Dip chicken breasts into the flour mixture, remove excess, dip into egg mixture, followed by breadcrumbs.

    6. In a sauté pan over medium heat warm olive oil. Brown chicken breasts 2 minutes on each side and place into a baking dish.

    7. Bake chicken 8 minutes. 

    8. Meanwhile, wipe sauté pan clean and melt butter over medium heat. Increase heat to high and add lemon juice, wine, and capers. Boil about 2 minutes or reduced by half.

    9. Pour piccata sauce over chicken and serve.

    Recipe Notes

    Recommended wines for the piccata sauce:

    • Pinot Grigio
    • Pinot Gris
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Unoaked Chardonnay
    • Cooking Wine
    Nutrition Facts
    Piccata Milanese (Piccata Sauce)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 261 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 11g17%
    Saturated Fat 4g20%
    Cholesterol 78mg26%
    Sodium 562mg23%
    Potassium 293mg8%
    Carbohydrates 19g6%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 16g32%
    Vitamin A 265IU5%
    Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
    Calcium 38mg4%
    Iron 1.6mg9%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of this easy Piccata Milanese recipe with Piccata Sauce!

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