Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata – grilled lemon herb chicken over a creamy piccata sauce. SO good! Better than any restaurant! We make this at least once a month!

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata - grilled lemon herb chicken over a creamy piccata sauce. SO good! Better than any restaurant! We make this at least once a month!

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A few weeks ago, I saw a recipe for a lemon pasta dish, and I immediately thought “Yuck! Lemon and Pasta sounds nasty!” BUT, I took a minute and thought about how much we love chicken piccata, so why not try a Creamy Chicken Piccata. I decided to give it a shot.

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata - grilled lemon herb chicken over a creamy piccata sauce. SO good! Better than any restaurant! We make this at least once a month!

The experiment paid off big time.  We LOVED this dish.  I made the sauce while the chicken was on the grill and just tossed it together – SIMPLE!  I marinated the chicken in some lemon and garlic so it would go with the sauce.  I took our usual piccata sauce and just added cream to it (well, I did half and half, but cream would be even better).  The chicken would be good just on its own, but the creamy lemon caper sauce just puts it over the top.  I love when a recipe comes together just like you pictured it in your mind!

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata - grilled lemon herb chicken over a creamy piccata sauce. SO good! Better than any restaurant! We make this at least once a month!

As I said, this was a HUGE hit at our house. We’ve made it several times and just love it. This chicken pasta is great with a salad and some garlic bread. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this yummy pasta:

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Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata – grilled lemon herb chicken over a creamy piccata sauce. SO good! Better than any restaurant! We make this at least once a month!

Ingredients:

Chicken

  • Juice of 1 lemon, 3 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp basil or oregano
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Pasta

  • 2 cups dried penne pasta
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Juice of 2 lemons, 6 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 Tbps capers
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Chicken

  • Combine first 6 ingredients and mix well. Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pour marinade over chicken. Marinate a few hours to overnight in the refrigerator.
  • When ready, grill until done. Allow chicken to rest for a few minutes and then slice into strips to serve over pasta.

Pasta

  • While chicken is grilling. Cook pasta according to directions (10-12 minutes). Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain.
  • In the same saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in garlic and lemon juice. Pour in half-and-half and whisk until hot. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Add the parmesan cheese, basil and capers, and heat until cheese is melted.
  • Check the consistency of the sauce and add some of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary. Toss in pasta.
  • Serve in pasta bowls with grilled chicken on top. Sprinkle with more parmesan if desired.

Steph

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Comments

  1. RWebb – it will change the flavor of the dish, but it will still taste great without them. It is just better with them.

  2. I've never had/used capers before. If I leave them out, will it make much of a difference in the taste? And your pic of this dish looks AMAZING!

  3. I made this tonight and it is amazing! I found you on pinterest and will totally start following you!

    The only thing I did differently was not add capers. Gag me. lol. But it was still yummy!!! I will definitely use this recipe again.

    Thank you! (I'm going to share it on my blog, too.)

  4. That pasta looks so perfect! I love chicken but that pasta looks so good, I could eat a giant bowl of it and not even miss the chicken 🙂

  5. Oh, man! We love pasta and lemon! The kids will as for an extra slice of lemon to squeeze at the table. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ingrid

  6. I had the same thought about the lemon pasta, but your recipe really makes me want to try it! Thanks 🙂

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