Chicken Piccata Cheesecake Factory Copycat

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Chicken Piccata is a classic dish featuring juicy breaded chicken cutlets in a silky smooth and luscious lemon butter sauce with capers.

Believe it or not, this Chicken Piccata Cheesecake Factory copycat takes just 30 minutes to make! Who says you need fancy ingredients and lots of time to make a wow-worthy dish?! 

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Cheesecake Factory® has such a flavor-packed, family friendly menu. No matter how many times we go, we always go home full and satisfied! But it can be expensive.

So I like to recreate as many of those dishes as I can. Making your favorite restaurant meals at home is so easy, and much cheaper than eating out!

And this Cheesecake Factory chicken recipe definitely has my family’s seal of approval!

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Chicken Piccata Cheesecake Factory Copycat

This copycat recipe creates a dish of juicy, perfectly seasoned chicken that your family will want seconds (and thirds) of! In fact, you may want to double the recipe from the get-go!

If you love juicy chicken with incredible Italian flavor, you’ll absolutely love the Cheesecake Factory chicken piccata. Just like you’d get in the restaurant, this copycat version is perfectly moist, tender, and juicy. Homemade has never tasted so good!

Serve with some copycat Cheesecake Factory bread for the whole effect! And with some mashed potatoes? That’s as classic as it gets. 

using meat mallet on chicken breast

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Chicken – Go with breast meat and butterfly for the flattest, most level cut you can get. That’s the trick to even cooking! Really, though, any boneless cut will do.

    Important! Keep an eye on the internal temperature of the meat. The internal temp for poultry is 165°F at the thickest part.
  • Chicken Broth – I prefer low sodium broth, but regular is fine. You could even use vegetable or beef broth in a pinch, although it will affect the flavor, though.
  • Lemon Juice – If you don’t have lemon juice and want to be a bit fancy, you can use a dry white wine. Something like a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio will do the trick.
  • Salt and Pepper – Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper are the prime choices here. But don’t hesitate to add some other seasonings as you see fit! Feel free to throw in some crushed red peppers, oregano, or even swap out the salt with garlic salt. 
cooking chicken breast in skillet

Chicken Piccata Recipe FAQ

What is chicken piccata sauce made of?

The pan sauce for a classic chicken piccata recipe is made with a simple but flavorful combination of butter, olive oil and capers.

What does it mean to dredge chicken in flour?

Dredging is simply laying the meat in a bed of flour and gently patting it onto the surface.
It creates texture and flavor. Not only does the flour bake right onto the meat, giving it a delicious crust, but also soaks up flavors from the pan drippings.

Why is it called chicken piccata?

Piccata describes any type of thinly sliced meat, but typically chicken or veal, that is dredged in seasoned flour, browned in fat, then served in a sauce containing lemon juice, butter, and capers.

Recipe Tips and Suggestions

  1. Be sure to flatten the chicken.

Don’t skip this step! Trust me, it’s worth it. When you pound the meat to an even thickness, it cooks more evenly. You’ll have perfect results, guaranteed!

  1. Add garlic and onions for more flavor.

An easy way to add more flavor to your Cheesecake Factory chicken piccata is to sauté some garlic and onions in the pan before adding the meat. Wow, what a difference!

  1. Toss in a few veggies.

Almost any vegetable tastes beyond scrumptious in the lemon caper sauce. Some great choices are asparagus, zucchini, or mushrooms.

stirring brown sauce in pan.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Cooked chicken piccata can stay in the fridge up to 4 days. Store it in an airtight container along with the pan sauce, rather than separately. Frozen, it will last for up to 4 months.

To reheat, add your leftovers back to a skillet over medium heat. Cook just long enough for chicken piccata to reach 165°F.

Note: If you’re making it from frozen, allow it to thaw in the fridge before adding it to the pan.

spooning sauce on cheesecake factory chicken piccata

Serving Suggestions

The chicken piccata at Cheesecake Factory is served over angel hair pasta, but there are plenty of other options!

Brown rice, mashed potatoes, and cauliflower rice are great options, and you can plate up any veggie you wish. It’s all about comforting, tasty flavors.

Enjoy!
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Chicken Piccata Cheesecake Factory Copycat

Donna Elick
Chicken Piccata is cutlets in a buttery sauce with capers. This copycat chicken piccata Cheesecake Factory recipe takes 30 minutes to make!
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 3

Ingredients
 

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and sliced into two cutlets per breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or as desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or as desired
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Place a piece of cling wrap large enough to cover your cutting board over the board. Place a piece of chicken on the plastic wrap, then another piece of cling wrap on top of the chicken.
  • Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound chicken cutlets to about ¼ inch thick. Season both sides of each cutlet with salt and pepper.
  • Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook on the other side until browned. Remove and transfer to a plate.
  • Add 1 more tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown as directed in Step 4.
    Transfer cooked chicken to the plate, then repeat this step one more time for the remaining 2 cutlets. **NOTE: As the pan gets hot, the chicken will cook more quickly, only about 1 minute on each side for the second and third batches.
  • Add the lemon juice and broth to the pan. Return to the stove and bring to a boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Simmer to reduce the liquid by about half. Taste and add more salt and/or pepper if desired.
  • Return all the chicken to the pan and cook just until the chicken heats through. Add capers to the pan and stir into the sauce.
  • Remove chicken to a serving platter. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

Donna’s Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Pounding out the chicken to 1/4” thickness ensures a quick and even cook time, resulting in perfectly cooked chicken that is juicy and moist.
Reducing the sauce thickens it. You will know it is thick enough when the sauce coats the back of a spoon.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 525cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 941mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Originally Published July 2011. Updated and republished August 2022.

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19 Comments

  1. We just had this for dinner the night before last!! Too funny! My son asks me to make this at LEAST once every week – he LOVES it!! I found my recipe in one of my Bon Appetit cookbooks. I love the flavor combinations and I add capers to mine which add a nice little bite to it when combined with the lemon, but not every family member likes them.

  2. I am a cheater but I use the box that Macaroni Grill does for chicken piccata super yummy!!! I need to try it the NON cheating way! I bet it is WAY better!

  3. It's always wonderful to make something that everyone enjoys. I love your recipe for this. It really sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings. ..Mary

  4. I love chicken piccata! I think pounding the meat really helps to keep the chicken from drying out bc it's all the same size and (I think) much easier to cook without drying it out. The whole piece cooks at the same rate, making it easier to not over cook it. …also the reason I buy a lot of chicken tenders 😉

  5. Chicken Piccata is great because the chicken is so thin it cooks in no time at all. It's a lot easier to get perfectly cooked chicken when it's pounded out before you cook it. My hubby bought me a Thermapen and I'm SO excited to try a roast chicken without overcooking it for the first time in, well ever =P

  6. Fabulous! Chicken Piccatta is one of mine and hubby's all time favorite chicken dishes! All I can say is it's a good thing he doesn't do what your baby does…if he stacked it or thew it on the floor….we'd have a rumble on our hands! The chicken looks terrific!

  7. Yes I agree..punding the meat helps release all the hidden flavours.So when I use garlic(squash it) onion (press it) and so on.Always helps improve the flavour.Great dish:)

  8. Looks like you did a great job on this chicken! Funny about the throwing and stacking of food. It's been a while for me (since I stacked and threw my food and since I had anybody around that did that!) Have a great weekend.

  9. Wow that looks delicious and it's only morning here! It reminds me of when I went to a private cooking class in Italy and we made the same recipe. It was delicious!

  10. Isn't it fabulous when the men in our lives like our stuff? That's how I know it's really good when they wolf it down and ask for more. 🙂 Your piccata looks fab!

  11. You did a beautiful job on your piccata, and the step-by-step is great!

    I love to make chicken piccata, so quick and I usually always have all the ingredients on hand. This was one of the first dishes that my daughter would eat with a sauce on it.

  12. Lovely, lovely recipe – I love chicken piccata – actually anything piccata – super photos!
    Mary

  13. I love chicken picatta and your's looks so moist and tender! So cute how your husband responds to great cooking!

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