Chicken Piccata and pasta

Chicken Piccata

  • Author: RebeccaBlackwell
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


  • One 16-oz package spaghetti or angle hair pasta (*See note.)
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 1/41/2 tsp crushed red pepper (to taste)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 oz nonpareils capers
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until it’s just under al dente (very slightly underdone). Drain and pile it onto a large serving platter. Cover with aluminum foil and place in a 200 degree oven just to keep it warm while you make the chicken.
  2. Lay chicken on paper towels and pat dry.
  3. Put the flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish or pie plate and stir to combine. Dredge the chicken in the flour, coating it on all sides. Gently shake off excess flour and lay the chicken on a plate.
  4. Add the olive oil and 2 tbsp butter to a large heavy bottom saucepan or deep skillet and set it over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, add the chicken. Do not overlap the chicken in the pan – brown in batches if necessary. Let the chicken cook on one side until golden brown – about 3 minutes. Flip over and let cook on the other side util golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Remove the chicken from the pot and set on a plate.
  5. Add the vermouth and crushed red pepper to the pan and cook over medium-high heat until almost all the liquid has evaporated – about 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Put the chicken back into the pan along with the capers, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and taste for seasoning; add more salt and pepper if desired. Use tongs to lay the chicken on top of the pasta. Add the remaining 2 tbsp butter to the pan and stir until it’s melted. Pour the sauce over the chicken and pasta, top with the chopped parsley, and serve.


  • If you have the time and inclination, homemade pasta makes this dish even better.
  • Have some leftover pasta that you’re not sure what to do with? Use it to make a simple Pasta Frittata!