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Walnut Crusted Lemon Chicken Piccata

20 minutes is all you need for this Walnut Crusted Lemon Chicken Piccata! This one pan meal is full of nutrients and flavor the whole family will love.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet GlutenFreeDiet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Amy Rains


  • 4 medium sized chicken breasts
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp drained capers
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch optional
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Begin by heating up a large skillet to medium high heat.
  2. While pan is heating, pound chicken breasts so they are about 1/2 inch thick. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Pulse walnuts in a food processor until it resembles a corse crumbly mixture, place inside a shallow bowl.
  4. Place seasoned chicken breasts in the walnut coating, getting both sides.
  5. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to the skillet, and all the chicken breasts into the pan. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Outside should be golden and crispy, and the inside should be cooked through. If your pan is too hot, remove from heat to prevent burning the walnuts. DO NOT OVERCOOK!! Remove to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

  6. Juice one of the lemons, and slice the other for serving (or juice it for the sauce if you want it EXTRA lemon-y, adjust to your taste).
  7. Now make the lemon sauce: add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil (may need an extra tbsp), and scrape up any of the brown bits on the pan. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Add lemon juice, chicken broth, and capers while you continue to scrape around the pan. Sauce should bubble and begin to thicken after 2-3 minutes. If you would like the sauce to be thicker, you can always add 2 tsp arrowroot starch with 1tbsp water and mix into the sauce.
  8. Pour sauce over chicken and serve immediately with lemon slices and chopped parsley.