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Chicken Piccata Pasta

Chicken Piccata Pasta – A light and zesty pasta dish made with whole wheat pasta. It’s the perfect anytime comfort food.

Chicken Piccata Pasta recipe in a large cast iron skillet

Pasta Comfort Food

So why pasta today? Pasta is comforting…

I’ve needed a little extra comfort lately. I’m usually a pretty “up” person. I tend to look on the bright side of things and try to keep a positive attitude when misfortune comes my way.

I’m not saying I always achieve this goal, but I do give it the ol’ college try.

Keeping it real, lately, there have been quite a few trials and tragedies in our circle of friends and acquaintances. Two families we know have lost a family member in the last month, along with further cancer diagnosis, financial hardship, and marital issues.

When things like this happen, it’s easy to let your emotions dictate your thoughts and decisions. It’s easy to slip into anger, bitterness, or fear.

Italian comfort food recipe with chicken and noodles

Classic Italian Dish

I guess my point in bringing this up today, is that we all go through hard times.

No one is excluded from life’s hard knocks. Some situations we find ourselves in are self-inflicted, but sometimes they just come out of nowhere when you think you’re doing everything right. It’s normal to feel like you’re all alone when you are facing some sort of tribulation.

Through thick and thin, I try to focus my mind and actions on positive things like prayer and meditation, spending time with family and loved ones, and healthy eating and exercise.

These are things I can control. I can’t control what happens in the future. I can’t control the life expectancy of my loved ones. I can only pray, trust, and make positive choices.

Once you reside yourself to this truth, it takes a little bit of the angst off the lows in life, and helps you find the silver linings.

So let’s eat some comfort food, and ride out the hard times, shall we?

Classic Italian dinner overhead shot with pasta, lemon, herbs, and chicken

Chicken Piccata

I made Chicken Piccata Pasta this week, because the bright citrus flavor is light on the palate, yet still very comforting.

This is a tweaked version of my classic chicken piccata recipe.

The chicken is bite-sized and you don’t have to cut it as you eat, so it’s easy to dive right in to. Little bits of garlic, onion, capers, and fresh parsley mingle with the pasta and chicken, and vibrant lemony sauce glazes the pasta for a bright and perky finish.

I used Delallo Organic Whole Wheat Gemelli Pasta, because I love the use of higher quality flour, and the twisted shape reminds me of sticking together.

Easy Chicken Piccata with Pasta makes a perfect dish to take to a potluck, picnic, or to a friend needing a little pick-me-up.

some of the ingredients needed for this recipe

What Ingredients You Will Need

  • Chicken Tenders – cut into bite-size pieces
  • Delallo Organic Whole Wheat Gemelli Pasta (or your favorite bite-size pasta shape)
  • Flour – the tablespoons divided (any variety of flour will work)
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic Cloves
  • Small Red Onion – halved and sliced thin
  • Fresh Chopped Rosemary
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Chicken Stock
  • Capers – drained
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper
pan cooked chicken in a skillet

How To Make This Italian Chicken Piccata Recipe

1. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, chop the chicken, onion, and herbs. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter and oil.

2. Drop the pasta in the boiling water and cook as instructed on the package (about 8 minutes) then drain. Once the butter is melted, salt and pepper the chicken liberally and toss with 2 tablespoons flour. Place the chicken pieces in the hot butter and saute for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and place it on paper towels to dry.

3. Add the rosemary, garlic, and onions to the butter, stir and saute for 1 minute. Then whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons flour to thicken the sauce. Cook for another minute, then whisk in the lemon juice and chicken stock.

4. Once the sauce is simmering again, toss in the pasta, capers, and parsley. Mix in the chicken and serve warm.

Get The Full (Printable) Chicken Piccata Pasta Below. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Do Leftovers Last In The Fridge?

These leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and placed in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Can I Use Other Types Of Pasta?

You can use any type of pasta in this recipe so go with what you like best, though I prefer this Gemelli pasta. Consider trying angel hair pasta, penne, or fusilli. 

What Can I Top This Pasta With?

Like most Italian Dishes, grated parmesan cheese would go great over this pasta, along with some cracked black pepper, or any type of meat – like skinless chicken breasts.

Bowl of chicken and pasta

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Chicken Piccata Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Light and zesty Chicken Piccata Pasta made with whole wheat pasta, the perfect summer comfort food.
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenders cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound Delallo Organic Whole Wheat Gemelli Pasta
  • 4 tablespoons flour divided (any variety)
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 small red onion halved and sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 ounces capers drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, chop the chicken, onion, and herbs. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter and oil. 
  • Drop the pasta in the boiling water and cook as instructed on the package (about 8 minutes) then drain. Once the butter is melted, salt and pepper the chicken liberally and toss with 2 tablespoons flour. Place the chicken pieces in the hot butter and saute for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to dry.
  • Add the rosemary, garlic and onions to the butter and saute for 1 minute. Then whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons flour to thicken the sauce. Cook for another minute, then whisk in the lemon juice and chicken stock.
  • Once the sauce is simmering again, toss in the pasta, capers and parsley. Mix in the chicken and serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 584kcal, Carbohydrates: 56g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 659mg, Potassium: 352mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 730IU, Vitamin C: 11.3mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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62 comments on “Chicken Piccata Pasta”

  1. I tried this last night and it was a family favorite! will definitely be making this recipe again

  2. Chicken piccata is one of my favorite things ever. So bright and flavorful, and everyone loves it!

  3. Oh wow, this looks so delicious. My family is going to devour it!

  4. This was delicious! Looking forward to making again.

  5. Hey, Sommer Collier, pasta has been always my favourite i tried your recipe. It was one of the best receipe i have ever had.

  6. I tried this recipe with some little changes and it was fabulous and one of the best pastas i ever tried.

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  8. Yum love chicken and pasta. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon

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  11. This dish is addicting!! Tummy was full but couldn’t seem to get enough. I used Barilla White Fiber Mini Rotini (couldn’t find the recommended pasta) and it was perfect. The flavor is spot on and the textures with the tender chicken makes you keep taking bite after comforting bite!

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  13. Oh how I miss eating this dish. I just love chicken picatta.

  14. You hinted at something in there, it is amazing to me how much more resilient I am when tragedy strikes and I am exercising a lot vs when I am not. Just getting out on the bike for a long solo ride helps clear my heart and head.

    You are so right about you never know what someone else is going through.

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  16. I think this is such a quick weekday dinner! I love chicken piccata, and adore pasta! Thank you!

  17. Sorry theres a black could hangin around :(
    This looks relish!

  18. This looks so rich and hearty! Love, love, love it!

  19. Your post is lovely, even though the circumstances behind it are not. Thinking of you, Sommer, and hoping peace and comfort and joy are back in your life and the lives of your friends very, very soon. Beautiful pasta, love that gemelli.

  20. Very good advice and a delicious pasta dish. I tend to be a worrier and need to block out the “what ifs” so this is a great post for me to read.

  21. I understand Sommer, hugs. It’s times like those that can really try your spirit. Hang in there.
    This pasta looks delicious and definitely comforting.

  22. I just want to jump right in to that plate of pasta! I also love that shape comes in whole wheat, I am going to have to look out for it!

  23. this is one of my fav dinners ever!!!

  24. So sorry to hear about your friends. This looks like a wonderfully comforting dish. xo

  25. Thanks for the beautiful-as-ever, tasty-as-ever recipe post. Keep up that brave spirit, because we control nothing in life. As we age life becomes more complex. So let´s enjoy what surrounds us now, in the moment.
    Hugs

  26. I’m sorry for those ‘downs’ in the recent weeks, Sommer. I certainly can relate, as we just had another cancer diagnosis in the family. My faith keeps me with head held high, because it’s completely out of my hands.

    Gorgeous dish. Pinned.

  27. Divine! Perfect weeknight meal :) Pinned!!

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  29. This is dangerous :)

  30. You’re right, Sommer. There’s always something.
    But, it helps to know that loving friends, family are near.
    And, great food helps bring everyone to the table.
    Pasta is very cozy and this is a lovely dish!
    oxo

  31. So sorry you have been around so much heartache lately, I feel like I’m in the same boat. And pasta is definitely comforting. This is a great one. I hope things swing upwards for you soon!

  32. Hugs & Happy Belated dear Sommer!

  33. This looks so fabulous and I can’t wait to try it!

  34. How I love a great dish of pasta! This is amazing!!!

  35. Hugs to you, Sommer! This pasta looks like a giant bowl of comfort!

  36. What a great week night meal! Going to have to try this!

  37. Oh shoot Sommer. I am so sorry. Everyone goes through these valleys. Good for you trying to see the best in the situation. ANd indeed, comfort food always helps :)

  38. Delicious meal! Love it!

  39. Perfect meal & will be great for upcoming lunch boxes too!

  40. When it rains it pours! I hope things turn around. Until then… pass me a plate of this!?

  41. Oh I LOVE this! Chicken Picatta is a favorite of mine.. I don’t know what I don’t make it more! This is the perfect recipe. Pinned!

  42. Such a beautifully written post Sommer! Everyone has their ups and downs in life and sometimes it’s easier to hold onto the hurt instead of looking on the positive side. I know for me, it always helps to have something comforting to eat! I love the ease of this version of chicken picatta!! Make getting it to the plate {and my belly!} that much faster.

  43. Great weeknight meal! DeLallo pasta is the best!

  44. Chicken picatta is one of my favourites and I could definitely go for a bowl of this right now!

  45. This just looks like on seriously delicious bowl of pasta! I want to dig and grab some for a little later!! YUM!

  46. If I ate chicken, I’m pretty sure chicken picatta would be my favorite. I’m such a sucker for lemony anything and it seems like it’d make for the most wonderful summer meal.

  47. this is the best looking chicken picatta I’ve ever seen!! it looks so good – i just want to reach through my screen and serve myself a bowl :)

  48. So true Sommer. My faith has helped me get through some pretty tough times, and I know there are more to come. Comfort food like this pasta dish (that’s also on the healthier side) is something we all crave.

  49. Beautifully said. Different seasons of life definitely bring new ups and downs, but thank goodness for good people, good lifestyles and good food to help bring us through. This pasta definitely looks like my kind of comfort food. :)

  50. Such poignant and true words to live by. And fantastic summer dish!

  51. **Blessings** over anything that is less than how God wants it to be right now. :) ….delish looking recipe by the way ;)

  52. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Positivity begets positivity. These are constant truths and I hope your friends and their troubles vanish soon. Pasta dishes are definitely pick-me-ups and your Chicken Picatta Pasta is just the ticket! Ultra comforting. Mmm. Love the pasta cut you selected for it, too. Have a great week, Sommer! Pinning! xo