We’ve established here on The Defined Dish that we love Chicken Piccata, as seen by all of the different versions I already have here on the blog — all linked below for you! But there was not a crockpot version for those who love to get dinner prepped and then walk away. So here is yet another version — Crockpot Chicken Piccata!
I recently made this Crockpot Chicken Piccata for my family. It was one of those days that I needed to get dinner made before we ran out the door for an evening filled with sports and other obligations– but I wanted to come home to something warm, cozy, healthy and delicious.
If you want dinner ready quickly, you can absolutely make my skillet version here. But, if you are like me and want a crockpot rendition to come home to, this one is great!! I also love to make this version when entertaining, that way you can enjoy your company!
For more Chicken Picatta recipes:
This Whole30 Skillet Chicken Piccata has been a staple for years
Have you tried The Best Sheet Pan Chicken Piccata yet? YUM!
And if you want the Piccata flavors but swap out for seafood, you have to try my Halibut Piccata!
Crockpot Chicken Piccata
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- ½ cup cassava or all-purpose flour,
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil plus more as needed
- 2 tbsp butter or ghee, sub vegan butter for a dairy-free option
- 4 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice about 2 large lemons
- 2 tbsp capers drained
- 2 tbsp parsley minced for garnish
- Place a boneless, skinless chicken breast, with the tender removed, on a cutting board, and hold it flat with the palm of your non-knife hand. Using a good knife, slice the chicken breast horizontally into two even pieces.
- Cover the chicken with parchment paper or plastic wrap and using a meat mallet or the bottom of a heavy skillet, pound the chicken until it is in an even thickness then season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Pour the cassava flour into a wide bowl and lightly dredge both sides of each cutlet into the flour until evenly coated, then shake off any excess. Place all the dredged cutlets on a clean plate and continue until all are complete.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Working in batches so as to not overcrowd the skillet, carefully add the cutlets and cook until a golden crust has formed on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the browned cutlets to the bottom of the crockpot and continue to brown the chicken cutlets until all are complete, adding more oil to the pan if necessary. They don’t have to be completely cooked through, just a nice brown on them.
- Reduce the heat in the skillet to medium-low. Add the butter and let melt and then add 2 tbsp of cassava flour to the skillet (there should still be some leftover in the bowl). Stir until the cassava and the butter are well combined and make a loose paste and then add in the garlic cloves. Cook, toasting the flour just a bit so it doesn’t have a raw flavor, 1 to 2 minutes, being careful not to burn.
- While stirring or whisking constantly, very slowly pour in the chicken broth into the skillet, stirring to incorporate it into the cassava flour ‘roux’. Bring the mixture to a light simmer and you should see it turn into a somewhat thin gravy, 3 to 4 minutes (it will continue to thicken in the crockpot).
- Stir in the lemon juice and capers and then pour the lemon-caper sauce into the crockpot over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
- Garnish with freshly chopped parsley before serving.
Photography by Eat Love Eats.
Angela MFebruary 3, 2023 at 4:04 pm
We’ve made this a couple times now and my family loves it! We have used the same recipe with Salmon instead and just cooked it in the skillet also.
Elizabeth MJanuary 23, 2023 at 3:41 pm
This is so delicious! I made it in my InstantPot on the Slow Cook function on Low heat and I left it in for 3 hours. When I measured the internal temp of the chicken it was between 190-200*F so if you use your instantpot as a slow cooker I would keep in mind that it takes less time! The chicken stays so tender and moist because it gets cooked in and then is stored in that delicious sauce. I served it with the Trader Joes Frozen Cauliflower Mash for some veggies and they taste great together! Truly don’t cook the chicken on the pan in the first step, just make sure it gets a hint of tan in my opinion to ensure it doesn’t dry out. Amazing recipe, thanks Alex!
AlexJanuary 23, 2023 at 4:31 pm
Amazing! thank you for the tips!!
JenJanuary 22, 2023 at 4:00 pm
can I use regular flour instead of cassava flour?
AlexJanuary 22, 2023 at 8:29 pm
in this recipe, yes you can! 🙂
AlexisJanuary 11, 2023 at 4:01 pm
Delicious! So simple and the chicken turns out perfectly tender.
AlexJanuary 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Glad to hear it, thank you!
MarissaDecember 12, 2022 at 9:20 pm
Sounds delicious! What would you serve this with?
Tami JohnsonMarch 19, 2023 at 5:52 pm
No disrespect but it feels like the whole purpose of using a crockpot is lost, 4 hours and an already mostly cooked chicken seems overkill. Thank you for the recipe tho.
Lydia KarvasApril 2, 2023 at 8:31 pm
I was actually searching for crock pot ideas that aren’t soups or pot roast, etc for when I’ll be gone all day and and get home late with my kiddo. This is great if you can prep in the morning then maybe do chicken thicker and not cook in skillet as long so it can stay in crock pot longer than 6 hours. I think it’s a great recipe idea for a crock pot meal that isn’t your typical ‘crock pot meal’. 🙂
GraceOctober 25, 2022 at 7:32 pm
Hi! I am gluten free can I use cornstarch in place of the flour?
AlexOctober 26, 2022 at 2:44 pm
Hi! Cassava flour is gluten-free so I’d recommend using that or a gluten-free all-purpose flour instead! Bob’s Red Mill makes a great Gluten-Free 1:1 flour.
LaurenJuly 6, 2022 at 11:27 pm
My first Defined Dish meal and it was a hit!
KatieJuly 4, 2022 at 10:45 pm
My family is a creature of food habit. They loved this though! The chicken came out very moist. It was pretty simple to make too.
Wasima SiddiquiJune 23, 2022 at 4:14 am
Hi Alex, this looks yum and I want to cook it this week. How can I cook this in an instant pot?
SherrieJune 14, 2022 at 1:15 am
Did I miss how many this serves? For Father’s Day, 7 adults, two recipes?
AlexJune 14, 2022 at 3:29 pm
This recipe serves 4! So I would double for your dinner.
NicoleMay 25, 2022 at 3:58 am
So delicious! Chicken came out very tender and the whole family loved it. Thanks Alex!!
AlexMay 26, 2022 at 11:31 am
Glad you enjoyed!
MeganMay 23, 2022 at 6:48 pm
Is there a way to make this a freezer meal? Expecting my first in 2 weeks and trying to stock up on freezer meals!!
AlexMay 24, 2022 at 12:35 am
yes! I would cook it all the way up until you put it into the crockpot, let cool completely, and freeze. Thaw enough to put into the crockpot and cook on low for 6ish hours.
HannahMay 24, 2022 at 8:42 pm
Would you consider pulling together recipes from your website and cookbooks that freeze well? I would love to get our freezer stocked before we have our baby. Thank you!
AlexMay 26, 2022 at 11:32 am
Love this idea! yes– also check out my Instagram Story Highlights– I have a “freezer foods” highlight from when I prepared a bunch of freezer friendly meals for my sis after having kiddos.
MollyMay 23, 2022 at 1:52 pm
Hi! Is there an Instapot method too?