Chicken piccata is a dish that originates from the Italian region of Piedmont.
It traditionally consists of chicken breast, butter and flour, lemon juice, and white wine.
Chicken piccata can be accompanied by many different side dishes such as rice pilaf, pasta, or vegetables.
In this blog post, we will discuss what to serve with chicken piccata.
What is Chicken Piccata?
Chicken piccata is an Italian dish consisting of a sauteed chicken breast, served with lemon slices and capers.
It’s usually garnished with parsley or chopped chives.
The traditional preparation involves pounding the meat to create even thickness, dredging it in flour, then dipping it into the egg before coating it entirely in breadcrumbs (or something similar like cornmeal), and frying until golden brown on each side.
To make sure you don’t overcook the white meat, cook only for about four minutes per side while cooking dark meats for ten minutes at least per side.
Many people say they can taste more than just butter when tasting this famous entree, but many culinary sages have their own opinions about what you could be tasting.
One of the most popular theories is that people taste a combination of butter and lemon juice or even garlic.
Whatever you’re tasting when biting into Chicken Piccata for the first time, rest assured it will leave your mouth watering for more.
What to Serve with Chicken Piccata? 10 BEST Side Dishes
Piccata is a dish where the primary ingredient, typically meat or fish, has been coated with flour and sauteed lightly in butter.
The term piccata comes from picare “to chop,” which refers to the traditional method of preparing food by chopping it into small pieces before cooking.
As such, side dishes are an important component of this Italian-styled chicken recipe.
We recommend pairing side dishes with similar qualities as Piccata, which will complement each other nicely without overpowering any particular flavor.
A great option would be roasted potatoes because they offer a nice texture contrast and provide a hearty base to build your meal.
And since we’re talking sides here, don’t forget to add a touch of fresh lemon juice or zest for an extra layer of flavor.
1 – Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a popular and healthy accompaniment to chicken piccata.
It offers a fresh taste, texture, and its natural sweetness complements the salty flavors in this dish.
Corn on the cob also contains antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation after meals with high amounts of saturated fat or other unhealthy ingredients.
Alternatively, if you follow a low-carb diet (for example), corn off the cob will be an excellent substitute for potatoes or pasta.
It has slightly more calories than cauliflower but significantly fewer carbs per serving size.
You can serve corn on the cob with chicken piccata in these ways:
- Serve it as a side dish, or try sticking some whole cloves of garlic and fresh thyme sprigs on the ends before roasting.
- Grill corn off the cobs until they are covered with caramelized sugars for an extra crispy texture. Serve alongside lime wedges to squeeze onto them (and maybe some chimichurri sauce).
- Mix grilled sweet corn into your favorite salsa recipe for more flavor and nutrition. Corn has high water content, so adding healthy ingredients will help you stay hydrated this summer.
2 – Tagliatelle Pasta
Tagliatelle Pasta is a great option for any dish that requires fast cooking or quick absorption of sauces.
One such dish to consider serving it with is chicken piccata, which typically calls for lemon juice and butter in the sauce.
The long noodles will cook quickly and absorb juices well without becoming mushy, as other pasta may do after being cooked too long.
In addition, Tagliatelle pasta can be found at most grocery stores as well as specialty food shops.
This means you don’t need to worry about ordering ahead from your favorite Italian restaurant if they’re not on Seamless anymore.
And because this type of pasta cooks so quickly, there’s no time wasted waiting around while dinner finishes cooking – it’s a great option for dinner on busy nights.
3 – Gratin Dauphinoise Potatoes
This is a decadent dish, and it’s perfect for serving as the main dish at your next dinner party.
Gratin Dauphinoise potatoes are typically made with cream and cheese, but you can also make it vegan or gluten-free by using a soy creamer or almond milk.
The dish is traditionally served as an appetizer in France.
It’s usually topped with grated parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and ground black pepper before being baked until golden brown.
Then the top is sprinkled with more freshly grated Parmesan to create that crunchy topping everyone loves so much.
Whether you’re throwing your dinner party at home or just having some friends over for a game night, this potato side dish will be sure to impress anyone who tries it.
Serve Gratin Dauphinois on its own as the main course of your meal or as a side dish to other dishes, such as chicken piccata.
4 – Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Walnuts
Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper onto the cut-side of each Brussels sprout.
Heat butter on medium heat in a large skillet until it starts to melt, then add enough olive oil so that it coats the bottom of the pan.
Add all the Brussels sprouts to one side of the pan (without overcrowding them) and cook for about two minutes before flipping over with tongs or a spatula.
Cook for another minute or two, then transfer from the pan into the serving dish straight away because they will continue cooking after you take them off the stovetop if left unattended.
In a small skillet, add olive oil and pancetta.
Cook on medium heat until the bacon is crispy.
Add to Brussels sprouts dish just before serving so that it doesn’t overcook after being removed from the stovetop.
Before adding walnuts, sprinkle with salt and pepper for flavor enhancement if desired, then stir in the nuts evenly throughout all vegetables.
5 – Potatoes Au Gratin
Potatoes Au Gratin is a decadent dish that can be served with many types of entrees.
The cheese and sauce on top make this side dish hearty enough to serve as the main course itself in some cases.
The ingredients for potatoes au gratin include heavy cream, diced bacon or ham, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper to taste.
You may want to use a few other optional ingredients: sour cream or milk if you don’t have heavy cream available, green onions (or chives), sliced mushrooms (optional).
Potatoes Au Gratin should simmer uncovered over low heat until thickened somewhat, so it becomes firmer than mashed potatoes – about 45 minutes total cooking time.
The cheese and sauce on top should be thickened to not run all over the plate when served but not cooked.
Don’t do this if you’re serving potatoes au gratin with chicken piccata because it will ruin that dish’s flavors.
6 – Simple Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing
Salads are an excellent way to up your veggie intake, get more nutrients and add a nice crunch in the form of mixed greens.
It can also be a great light meal on its own or served as a side item for something like grilled chicken piccata.
It’s a lot easier than you might think to make a simple salad.
You can start with any lettuce type such as romaine, arugula, or mixed greens and then add whatever vegetables you like best.
I usually include tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers (any color), carrots, and sometimes artichokes if they’re in season.
I top the veggies with avocado for extra healthy fats that are good for your heart and brain — not to mention it tastes delicious.
Add some cheese if desired too. Then comes dressing.
I love creamy dressings that are loaded with the good stuff.
For this salad, I made a simple lemon dressing using Greek yogurt and fresh or bottled squeezed lemons with some garlic mixed in for extra flavor.
A little salt and pepper to taste are all you need to season your chicken piccata before adding it on top of your salad.
7 – Roasted Asparagus with Chervil Vinaigrette
Asparagus is one of those vegetables that we don’t always know what to do with.
It can be a little intimidating, but it should not be left to stand on the side of the plate while other dishes are plated.
Roasted asparagus can become an easy and delicious accompaniment for many meals, from chicken piccata to beef tenderloin.
When roasting asparagus, the key is to cook it over high heat while watching carefully for color change and a bright green sheen.
It should be cooked until crisp-tender before turning them into a dish that needs residual cooking time (i.e., roasted chicken).
If you want more flavor, add a little butter or olive oil to the asparagus—it will re-absorb that delicious flavor.
8 – Crispy Fried Onion Rings
Crispy fried onion rings are a great addition to any chicken dish, such as the popular piccata.
The onions add texture and flavor that enhance each bite of food in both sweet and savory ways.
Fried or baked, they are always delicious on their own but can be used in many dishes for crunchy toppings like salads and ice cream.
Crispy fried onion rings can be served in many different ways and with various dishes, but they are most commonly found as part of chicken piccata recipes or salads.
Crispy fried onion rings can also serve as an excellent topping for other favorite foods like ice creams and cheesecakes.
9 – Green Beans and Mushroom Medley
Green beans and mushroom medley is a great side dish to serve with chicken piccata.
The green beans are tenderly cooked in salted water, which prevents them from becoming tough or soggy.
When the mushrooms are added for one minute of sauteing, they release their juices and flavor into the pan, giving this dish an amazing earthy taste.
The fresh green beans and mushrooms are tossed together in a pan with butter, shallots, and chopped parsley for more flavor.
This dish is best-served piping hot or at room temperature as part of the meal course followed by chicken piccata, which will complete your dinner experience to perfection.
10 – Broccoli and Caramelized Onions
A sturdy green and a sweet, tasty treat.
When you are ready to try something new with your chicken piccata this week, consider serving it alongside caramelized onions and broccoli for an extra flavor boost.
Broccoli is one of the most versatile vegetables in existence – so if you’re unsure about how to cook it or what to serve it with, refer to this post for some of our favorite recipes.
Caramelized onion is a simple yet savory dish that nearly everyone loves.
This recipe features the sweet and delicate flavors of onions as they are slow-cooked in butter until caramelized.
The result is an aromatic side dish or topping perfect for any meal – from breakfast to dinner.
Chicken Piccata is a sophisticated dish that’s perfect for date night.
The sauce can be served with pasta, rice dishes, or even on top of chicken breasts to create a whole new dinner recipe.
We’ve come up with seven side dishes that make for delicious and easy additions to your Chicken Piccata.
Give these side dishes a try, and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments.