Chicken Piccata thighs is a great weeknight recipe. Serve the juicy chicken and punchy lemon, caper and butter sauce with steamed rice for an easy dinner.
It’s back-to-school for us here in South Africa today and our moods are pretty grim. Winter break normally feels so long and glorious with lazy mornings spent cuddling in bed, lounging in the winter sun and reading taking up most of our days. But this school holiday was over as soon as it began. And it’s not only the kids who are sad that it’s over.
But back-to-school also means back to speedy weeknight dinners that take zero effort but deliver huge on flavour. These Chicken Piccata chicken thighs deliver on both fronts. I have always been a massive fan of Chicken Piccata because let’s get real, chicken is just made for lemon, butter and capers, right? And because we usually have a pack or two of chicken thighs waiting to be used, I make this version way more than I ever do with just chicken breasts.
And yes, you can definitely do this with chicken breasts and it will be A LOT quicker BUT what I love so much about the thighs is that I can leave them on the stove, cooking away in that drinkable sauce (seriously you guys, it is so good) while I pack the next day’s lunch boxes or pour myself another G&T. You know. Priorities.
Serve the juicy thighs (everyone loves a juicy thigh) with plenty of steamed rice to soak up all that buttery sauce and some steamed greens to make up for all that butter. Not that we have anything to feel guilty about.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 cup chicken stock
- juice and zest of 1 lemon (approximately ½ cup juice)
- ½ cup capers (rinsed if overly salty)
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add the olive oil to a large saute pan and add a tablespoon of butter. Allow to melt together.
- Add the chicken, skin side down and season to taste. Cover and allow to brown for 5-7 minutes.
- Flip the chicken, season again and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
- Add the garlic, scraping the bottom of the pan, and allow the garlic to fry and become fragrant then pour in the chicken stock, lemon juice and zest.
- Allow to come to a simmer then simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the capers and simmer for 2 minutes then add the remaining butter and stir into the sauce to emulsify. Add the chicken back to the pan.
- Scatter over the chopped parsley and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has reduced a little. (If necessary, add more stock.)
- Check the seasoning and adjust.