Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

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Sautéed chicken breasts served with a lemon butter sauce and capers make a simple yet elegant meal that will make you feel like you are dining at your favorite restaurant.

Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

This delicious chicken recipe is a Buca Di Beppo copycat. In full disclosure, I’ve only eaten at Buca Di Beppo a few times even though there’s one just minutes from my house and I’ve never had their Chicken Limone, so I can’t say how this recipe compares to the original.

Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce


But the recipe sounded too delicious not to try and I’m always struggling to come up for new dinner ideas that will appeal to the whole family. Pan-fried chicken breasts are topped with a buttery lemon and wine sauce and sprinkled with capers. Yum! If you love the flavor of lemons and capers, this meal is sure to become one of your favorites.


We just checked into our hotel in Indianapolis yesterday. Our son is having surgery tomorrow at Indiana University Hospital. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw a Bucca Di Beppo flyer in the hotel lobby knowing that I had planned to post this recipe today.

Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

Yesterday when we got on the place it was 73 degrees in Charlotte and it was 21 degrees and snowing when we arrived in Indianapolis. Hello again winter! There’s no relief in site this week so I think we will be eating lots of comfort foods this week and maybe we will even make a trip to Bucca Di Beppo for some Chicken Limone. And I can say, Mmmm….tastes just like home 🙂

Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce comes together in just about 20 minutes. The chicken breasts are pounded to 1/4-inch thickness so they cook super fast. You can cook the chicken while the sauce simmers to save time.

What to serve with Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce:

I love steamed broccoli, sauteed spinach, or roasted asparagus with this chicken dinner. Parmesan Rice is also a great side dish to pair it with or serve it over angel hair pasta.

Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

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Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 541kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Chicken with a delicious Lemon Butter Sauce and capers.
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Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded to 1/4-inch and cut in half
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup extra light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • Parsley for garnish


  • In a small saucepan, combine wine and garlic over medium heat. Bring wine to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer until wine is reduced in half, about 3 to 4 minutes. Pour through a strainer into a bowl to remove garlic.
  • Rinse out saucepan, add butter and place over medium heat. When butter has melted return wine to pan along with cream and salt.
  • Cut lemon and half and squeeze juice of one half into saucepan.. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 to 12 minutes.. Cover and remove from heat.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Coat each piece of chicken in flour and season with salt and pepper. Place in skillet and sauté about 4 minutes per side.
  • Arrange chicken on a serving platter. Sprinkle with capers, and spoon sauce on top. Garnish with parsley and lemons if desired.


Calories: 541kcal

Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3: The Secret Formulas for Duplicating Your Favorite Restaurant Dishes at Home (Top Secret Recipes)

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30 thoughts on “Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

  1. I tried this recipe for Dinner last night It was a hit my Family loved it super easy & very delicious this will be one of my favorite recipe Thank You!!!!

  2. I accidentally browned the butter a bit, but it still came out great. I didn’t pound the chicken, just shallow-fried it until it tested about 155 F inside. After resting for a couple of minutes, it was cooked perfectly. Chicken was moist and tender, everything was delicious.

  3. Due to Hashimoto’s I had to change this recipe and the results were pretty good. I used Arrowroot starch instead of flour, and full fat coconut milk for the cream, I also used coconut oil instead of butter, which made me very sad. It didn’t look as pretty as yours, but was the best thing I have eaten since I started my diet.

  4. Hi! I think I found you off of either Pinterest or Tastespotting but just wanted to drop you a line and say we made this tonight for dinner and it was DELICIOUS!! I wasn’t sure the sauce would work out, something in the method made me think it would break, but it all turned out just beautiful. Thanks! We’ll be making it again!

  5. Yum! I love lemon therefore this butter lemon chicken just look and sound perfect…looks delcious Christin.
    Thanks for the recipe…have a great weekend 😀

  6. This chicken sounds wonderful Christin. Hope your son’s surgery went smoothly and he is recovering well. Comfort dishes like this are always nice 🙂

  7. You cannot go wrong with chicken and a lemon butter sauce. Maybe just need a side of lemon butter pasta?
    I hope your son’s surgery went smoothly.

  8. I hope that your son had a successful surgery and that he is recovering!

    And this chicken sounds wonderful – I mean with a lemon butter sauce? yes, yes!

  9. Sounds and looks delicious! I am praying for your son for the surgery and speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you and your family! 🙂

  10. This meal sounds fabulous, Christin, and I wish your son a successful surgery and speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you, my friend!

  11. My prayers are with your son and your family as he goes through this procedure. I think this will be a recovery dish for him once he is back up to eating again. Please take care..thinking of you..BAM

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