Chicken Piccata

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    What a week it has been. Let me recap it in two words: crazy obnoxious. Work sucks and I’m just really ready for the wedding to be here. It’s like I have senioritis and I don’t want to go to work or do any work half the time. I can’t even think straight with everything I have going on. Every weekend in March so far has been wedding stuff. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like next month, but I’m ready for it. I have a mental checklist of things I still have yet to do. Thinking about it right now is giving me some major anxiety which maybe I should just go pop a Xanax and breathe and go to sleep. Sigh, bring it on, wedding. I just want you here so I can knock you out & lie on a beach :) Although, I’m really loving coming home every day and getting a bunch of RSVPs in the mail. I think that’s one of the best parts of a wedding. Seeing who’s coming to your big celebration! I will say though, I find it kind of annoying that people take forever to RSVP, haha, but that’s just me. I usually put RSVPs straight back in the mail after I receive the invite. I guess I just don’t understand the people that wait til the last minute to do so. I have a feeling I’ll have to hound people for RSVPs next month. Isn’t it a bit inconsiderate for those to not RSVP? I just don’t get it! Drives me bonkers.

    Moving on, has anyone’s sleep schedule been really messed up since the time change? I swear every morning this week when my alarm would go off, my eyes can BARELY open. It’s as if I only got 2 hours of sleep. Don’t get me wrong, I’m LOVING EVERY second of this time change (still light out at 7pm? yes please!), but my sleep schedule needs to get back on track because I’m just such a zombie in the mornings, more than usual.

    This song makes me really happy. Have you seen this Disney Princesses “after ever after” video that went viral yesterday? Haha, it’s kind of weird at first but then it gets really funny.

    Oh, and let’s talk about breaking up with Google Reader. I’ll have a blog post tomorrow on it (and alternatives to use once it officially dies) if you care to read about it. There’s lots of pretty screenshots :)

    Chicken piccata. We all have had some version of it, I’m sure. It’s a simple, lemony pasta dish with breaded chicken. I like it because of how fresh it tastes from the lemon. Some may not like it because of that, or the capers. To each their own, but if you’re looking for a quicky meal to whip up in less than 30 minutes, this is the perfect weeknight meal to add to the menu!

    Chicken Piccata

    This classic chicken piccata dish is so simple and easy to make!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3/4 pound dried spaghetti pasta
    • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup of 2% milk
    • 4 pieces chicken tenderloins, pounded out to thin, flat
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 1/4 cup capers, rinsed
    • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
    • Salt & pepper, to taste


    • In a large stockpot, bring water to boil and cook spaghetti according to the instructions on the box.
    • In two separate shallow containers, add the breadcrumbs to one container and whisk the eggs and milk together in the other.
    • Take a piece of the flattened chicken tenderloin and dip both sides in the egg/milk mixture, then cover in breadcrumbs. Shake to remove the excess. Repeat until all the chicken pieces have been covered in breadcrumbs.
    • In a large skillet, over medium high, melt 1 tbsp. of butter then place two covered chicken pieces into the skillet. Let it get nice and brown on one side before flipping, about 2 minutes. Repeat with the other two chicken pieces and 1 tbsp. of butter. Place cooked chicken on a plate and set aside.
    • Turn heat down to medium, melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter and add the chicken stock and lemon juice, scraping the bottom of the skillet to get all the browned bits off. Add in the capers and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
    • Your pasta should be ready and drained at this time so add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat evenly. Place pasta on a platter and place chicken on top. With whatever sauce you may have left over, pour on top of chicken and pasta.
    • Serve hot.
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  • Jessie says:

    I’m getting married next month and I am right there with you on the RSVPs. Just put them in the mail people! Good luck with the rest of your planning!

  • Melissa Belanger says:

    I hope your waiting for the wedding flies by and that the wedding is everything you imagined and more! As for the chicken piccata, I haven’t ever made chicken piccata with breaded chicken. I had no idea that anyone breaded the chicken. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but this looks delicious and I’ll definitely try breading it next time :)

  • Anne @The Cooking Campaign says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s had a terrible time adjusting to the time change. But I do LOVE the extra bit of light at the end of the night. Good luck with the wedding planning, I can’t even imagine how stressful it must be.

  • Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy says:

    This looks amazing, will have to make this ASAP!

  • Kathryn says:

    My boyfriend took ages to send the RSVP back for a wedding we’re going to and I couldn’t understand it. It was all stamped and ready to go but he just wouldn’t actually post it. Drove me mad! Hurrah for all the people that have RSPV’d though, not long to go now!

    Love the bright fresh flavours of this, perfect for Spring!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    That looks so good! I am really into the lemon and butter flavours in chicken piccata!

  • Maria says:

    Great dinner idea!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Love Chicken Piccata! I’ll take some for breakfast :)

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie says:

    Sorry you’ve hard a hard week – I got married last March and yes, this time right before can be stressful! Just try to enjoy it as much as you can! One thing I had to learn was that I could delegate things to friends or family… I like to do things all on my own, but I needed help! Hope that time just flies by for you – just keep your eye on the beach! :)

    Chicken piccata is such a great classic. I always go a tad caper-crazy because I love the little things! Yours looks fabulous!

  • marla says:

    Mmmmm! Chicken piccata is one of my favorites ~ must try this recipe :)

  • katie says:

    mmmm i love chicken piccata. I feel ya on the “work sucks” comment. I have double the amount of projects I normally have and its totally not cool. And yes my sleep has been messed up thanks to our time change; however, i welcome an extra hour of light any day of the week!

  • carrian says:

    Love this, Julie! We haven’t had chicken piccata in far too long. THanks for the reminder!

  • Angie @ Big Bear's Wife says:

    I have been in a total haze at work since the time change. It stinks! (but I also love having daylight in the afternoons LOL) I have not had Chicken Piccata since we were at Disney last year and I’ve been meaning to make it. These photos are beautiful!

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    ugh I have been soooooo exhausted since the time change!!
    love chicken piccata so much! so easy and delicious

  • Heather Christo says:

    LOVE chicken Picatta- I just made it last week, and it is my kids news favorite way to eat chicken! Your version looks great Julie. I think March has been a very weird month in general. Like there is something going on in the universe. Lots of things have sucked for me too. majorly.

    But that wedding will be here soon enough (what’s the countdown now?)and you will love that you did all that work when you are lying on the beach soaking up the peace and quiet with your new husband :)

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    I love the flavors of lemon and capers combined, but for some reason have never made a piccata. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Your piccata looks deliciously golden!

  • Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    This is totally speaking to me right now. I could use a meal like this! Love it!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    A friend of mine, who had a wedding with a fancy plated dinner, put a rickety table in the far back of the restaurant she had rented for the reception and instead of a table number put a sign that said “PEOPLE WHO DID NOT RSVP” and told the wedding planner, “Shame them and put them in the back!” The sad thing is that table was full of people who did not RSVP and just showed up to a schmancy wedding expecting to be fed. There are table maps, people! Who does that?!
    Oh, and I LOOOOVE chicken piccata. this looks amazing.

    • Julie says:

      OMG. I love that idea. I want to do it. My mom might kill me though if I do haha

  • Julia says:

    I love this dinner idea! I am upset about no more google reader because that is how I read all of my favorite blogs (yours included). I will read your post and hopefully figure out a good alternative. Have a great weekend!

  • Megan {Coutnrycleaver} says:

    I want a bigggg olleeee pile of this – I don’t know what it is with this damn time change – but it’s killin’ me and clearly PASTA is the only way to fix it!!

  • Michelle says:

    This looks delicious! I made you holy yum chicken the other night and it was divine! Thank you!

  • Kelly @ Life made Sweeter says:

    Sorry about your rough week and wedding stress and I hear ya on the late RSVP’ers. We has people show up at our wedding without even RSVP’ing…the nerve of some people sheesh! Don’t worry, when your special day arrives, all that hard work and planning will be all worth it in the end once you see how fabulous the day turns out:) Love the ingredients for this dish!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I’ve been wanting to make this since you mentioned you were having it for dinner that night. Seriously. It’s going on the list soon I’m sure. BTW you should totally have your maid of honor hound people that don’t rsvp.

  • Kelly says:

    Mmm there is nothing better than chicken piccata, love your photos Julie! :)

  • Sarah says:

    My sister got married last summer and she designated one of her bridesmaids (non-family member) to call all the non-responders and force them to RSVP over the phone. It worked quite nicely! All you need is a bridesmaid that isn’t shy.

  • Tina | My Life as a Mrs says:

    Looks amazing!!!! :) & this craziness will pass, lady!

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    Chicken piccata was my absolute favorite meal growing up!!! I want this nooooooooowwwwwwwwwww!!!!

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table says:

    Oh, yes, RSVP’s can be SO frustrating! Just wait until the day of the wedding when some of those that did RSVP to come, don’t show up, and then others that didn’t, do! ugh.

    But, don’t let it bother you because it’s YOUR day! Woohooo!!!

    And, my sleeping schedule is cray cray! I can’t get myself out of bed in the mornings anymore, either!

    One more thing: This chicken piccata looks IN-sanely delicious!! ;)

  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} says:

    This dish is another one on my food to-do list! Looks amazeballs.

    Yes, getting RSVP’s is somehow the only fun part of wedding stuff.. for me anyway. And then not getting them is the least fun. I most definitely had to hound people at the last minute. OH, and the thing that drove me the most crazy is people that RSVP’d with a date and then brought NO ONE! I actually told them ahead of time, don’t say 2 people if you’re not bringing anyone. So I had to pay for so many people that weren’t even there. Losers. LOL… Dang, it’s been 4 years and I’m still angry about it. Good luck, Julie. Remember to breath and relax. If I could do it all over again, I’d do so many things differently!!!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Your photos are making me huuuungry! Looks so good!
    On another note, hugs to you in all your work craziness and wedding planning! xo

  • Wendy says:

    I had no idea that chicken piccata was easy to make. I have eaten it in restaurants but it never occured to me that it would make such a great week night dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Laurie {SimplyScratch} says:

    Chicken Piccata is the only thing I order when I’m at my favorite Italian restaurant. And this looks just about perfect… now I’m craving me some piccata!

  • Candice says:

    I got married back in September and I’m right there with you on the RSVPs. I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for people to just send it back once they receive it. Anyway, thanks for sharing this easy recipe with us. =)

  • Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian says:

    A friend once told me that people don’t expect you to respond. After I gasped loudly, I asked why they sent those return envelopes… Preposted… Hmmmm….

    Some people! Good luck with the wedding plans. It is so much work and goes sooo fast, but those are memories you will have for a lifetime. XOXO

    BTW, the chicken looks spectacular.

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    This looks simply amazing. I love how simple but flavorful piccata is!

  • Stephanie says:

    Loved that viral Youtube Disney video!

  • Lisa says:

    I just made this last night for dinner and it was awesome. Very light and subtle but delicious at the same time. Not the heavy “in your face” attitude most italian dishes have that i’m accustomed to. I used beef broth because i didn’t realize i didn’t have any chicken until it was too late. Other than that i followed the recipe. i would say the breadcrumbs and eggs can be scaled down. I felt like i wasted so much of it. I think i might add cornstarch to the sauce next time too to try and thicken it. Thank you so much!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Lisa! I agree, I think the breadcrumbs can be scaled down too. I will make a note in the recipe. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jennifer says:

    Simply delicious!!

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