Chicken Piccata with Capers and Asparagus

Updated February 23, 2016


Fast and Fabulous Chicken Breasts

Published by Spoon and Whisk Productions

Adding the asparagus to an otherwise traditional recipe really jazzes it up in both flavor and presentation.


Cooking Methodpan-frying, sauteeing



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationpeanut free, soy free, tree nut free



Taste and Texturebuttery, meaty, salty, savory


  • 8 asparagus spears
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use
  • ¼ cup Madeira wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest


Hold stem end of asparagus in one hand and tip in the other. Bend the tip down until it snaps off. Discard the stem end. Cut each spear diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Transfer asparagus to a small casserole and add water. Cover and microwave on High power for 2 minutes or until asparagus is bright green and just tender. Drain.

Trim chicken breasts and lightly pound between two sheets of plastic wrap to an even ¼-inch thickness. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour to coat, shaking off excess. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Cook chicken 2 minutes per side to brown lightly. Remove chicken to a plate.

Add Madeira, chicken broth, lemon juice and capers to the skillet and bring to a simmer, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Return chicken to skillet and turn to coat with sauce. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken it cooked through, turning over once. Remove chicken to serving plates and boil sauce until slightly reduced and thickened. Add asparagus and heat through. Remove from heat and swirl in the lemon zest and 2 tablespoon butter. Spoon sauce over chicken to serve.



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I LOVE this recipe! It's easy to prepare and the flavors are so light and fresh. And any leftover chicken makes a delicious chicken salad with a lemony flavor. Even my picky husband liked it, which, I think, says a lot!


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