Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata - The Magical Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata – The Magical Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata combines lemon flavors with chicken broth, capers, and dijon mustard for a chicken dish you and your whole family will love. With a few quick-prep steps and a few hours of cooking time, this chicken piccata will be ready for your dinner table the same day.

Close up of chicken piccata in the slow cooker.

What is chicken piccata?

Originating from Italy, piccata describes a type of meat that has been sliced, dipped in flour, and seared (or browned). Then, it’s usually accompanied by a lemon juice-based sauce with butter and capers. The go-to choice of meats for piccata is usually veal or chicken.

Chicken piccata just so happens to be one of the most popular piccata recipes. Although the cooking style is in a saucepan, cooking it in the slow cooker keeps you from standing over the hot stovetop. Instead, you’re only there to sear the chicken to add to the crockpot; then you’re just about done!

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for chicken piccata on table.
  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless chicken breasts are dredged in seasoned flour before browned to perfection.
  • Flour, Salt, and Pepper: Seasonings are used to give the flour flavor and to sear the chicken.
  • Butter: You’ll use this for browning the chicken on both sides.
  • Water and Cornstarch: Combined to help create the finishing touch to the creamy piccata sauce.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice, Chicken Broth, and Dijon Mustard: Creates the lemony-flavored sauce and marinade for the chicken piccata recipe. (You can also use a low sodium chicken broth.)
  • Garlic Cloves and Capers: Adds the Italian-style flavors.

Step-by-Step Directions

How to coat chicken in flour and brown it in skillet.

Step One – On a large plate, combine the flour, salt, and pepper.

Step Two – Coat both sides of each chicken piece (dredge) with the flour mixture.

Step Three – In a medium saucepan, brown one side of the chicken.

Step Four – Flip the chicken and brown the other side. (You don’t have to cook chicken thoroughly.)

4 image collage about how to add chicken piccata ingredients to slow cooker.

Step Five – Add the juicy, lightly breaded chicken into the slow cooker that’s filled with butter, lemon juice, chicken stock, dijon mustard, minced garlic, and savory capers. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours. Then, remove the chicken.

Step Six – In a small bowl, combine corn starch and water.

Step Seven – Pour corn starch mixture into the lemon-based sauce. Stir well.

Step Eight – Return the chicken to the piccata sauce. Cover and cook for another hour for the sauce to thicken. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh herbs (fresh thyme pairs well) for serving.

cooked chicken piccata with lemon slices.

How to Serve

  • Noodles – Crockpot chicken piccata pairs well with spaghetti or linguini noodles, though the most popular choice is angel hair pasta. Add a nice helping of noodles to a plate and place a chicken breast or two on top and drizzle over the lemon sauce. Add extra piccata sauce and a few lemon slices.
  • Rice – This chicken piccata recipe can also be served with rice, either on top or next to.
  • Mashed potatoes – Helps turn this crock pot chicken piccata into a wholesome full meal. In fact, you can also cook small red potatoes with the chicken.
overhead shot of chicken piccata on pasta.

Recipe FAQs

Is it necessary to sear the chicken beforehand?

Not particularly; however, to keep it close to the Italian tradition, browning the chicken is an important step for texture purposes. If you prefer to skip this step then add raw chicken into the crockpot and cook for an hour so longer.

How do I store chicken piccata leftovers?

Add any leftovers into an airtight container and place them into the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 3 days.

Can I use a different cut of chicken?

While thinly sliced chicken breasts are the most ideal for a recipe like this, you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs.

Can I make this gluten free?

For a gluten free version, replace the flour with cornstarch and dredge the chicken in that.

Can I add vegetables?

You can add a small amount of vegetables without making the dish watery. You can add artichoke hearts or sliced mushrooms.

side view of chicken piccata on pasta in front of slow cooker.

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cooked chicken piccata with lemon slices.

Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata

Tender thin chicken breasts cooked in a lemon piccata sauce. Great served over angel hair pasta or mashed potatoes.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 493kcal

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, and flour. Dredge the chicken cutlets in the flour mixture. In a nonstick skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter over and pan fry the chicken cutlets over medium high heat until browned on each side, about 2 minutes per side. The chicken doesn’t have to be cooked all the way, just browned.

  • To the slow cooker, add the browned chicken, ½ cup butter, lemon juice, chicken stock, dijon mustard, minced garlic, and capers. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, mix together the cornstarch and water and stir it into the cooking liquid. Replace the chicken, cover and cook for another hour or until the sauce has thickened slightly.

  • Serve with pasta, rice, or even mashed potatoes, garnish with lemon slices and parsley.

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Recipe Notes:

  1. For a gluten free version, replace the flour with cornstarch and dredge the chicken in that.
  2. Add any leftovers into an airtight container and place them into the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 3 days.
  3. Browning the chicken is an important step for texture purposes. If you prefer to skip this step then add raw chicken into the crockpot and cook for an hour so longer.
  4. While thinly sliced chicken breasts are the most ideal for a recipe like this, you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs.
  5. You can add a small amount of vegetables without making the dish watery. You can add artichoke hearts or sliced mushrooms.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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