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Quick and Easy Chicken Scallopini

Looking for a simple yet delicious chicken dish? This quick and easy chicken scallopini recipe is sure to become a go-to favorite with its juicy chicken, tangy lemon, and salty capers.

  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Keyword: Chicken Scallopini Recipe, How to Make Chicken Scallopini
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Calories: 340kcal
  • Author: Beth Pierce


  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise to make 4 chicken cutlets
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • Chopped fresh parsley and lemon zest for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Coat Chicken:
  • Put the flour in a shallow bowl. Coat the chicken cutlets in flour, shaking off any excess.
  1. Cook Chicken:
  • In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Brown the chicken cutlets on both sides until golden brown. Transfer them to an ovenproof plate and keep warm in the oven at 200°F.
  1. Prepare Mushroom Sauce:
  • In the same skillet, melt the remaining butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce the heat to low, add the minced garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  1. Deglaze and Simmer:
  • Pour in the dry white wine and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until reduced by half.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and capers, gently combining everything.
  1. Finish and Serve:
  • Return the chicken cutlets to the skillet, spooning the mushroom sauce, capers, and lemon over the chicken.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and lemon zest.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
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Notes & Tips:

  • Chicken Preparation: Cut thick chicken breasts in half lengthwise for quicker and more even cooking.
  • Mushroom Cleaning: It’s okay to wash mushrooms; just ensure they are dried well with paper towels afterward.
  • Capers: Look for capers in the same aisle as pickles and olives at your local grocery store.
  • Wine Selection: Use a good-quality dry white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc for the sauce.

Enjoy this flavorful chicken scallopini dish with your favorite sides, such as a fresh green salad or warm crusty bread. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special meal with friends and family!