This Browned Sage Butter Chicken Piccata with Mushroom Pasta makes for the best any night of the week fall dinner. Lightly breaded chicken seared until golden with crispy fried sage. The chicken is finished in a simple lemony white wine pan sauce with nutty browned butter. It’s delicious. Especially when served over creamy, herby mushroom pasta. Every bite is layered with delicious, warming flavors and creamy pasta. The perfect way to spend a relaxing night in the kitchen with family and friends.
I’m feeling like we could use an easy, yet extra delicious dinner tonight! I think what I love so much about fall is that every night feels a little special. Look, I know that sounds really cheesy, but something about the longer cooler nights really has such a nice feel to me. With the sun setting earlier, it signals me to turn on “chill” mood and create cozier meals.
Any of you feel the same way? I feel like this is why we all love to cook in the fall. We have a bit more time at the end of the day to spend in the kitchen creating a really good dinner. I always look forward to it!
With all that said, it’s been the craziest week around here, so a dinner like this is exactly what I want. Everything from that crispy, saucy chicken, to the creamy pasta is so delicious and something to really look forward to. And it’s pretty easy to throw together too!
This is a recipe I’ve been making for years, but decided to give a little facelift. It’s such a simple dinner and I love making this on cool nights in the fall and winter. I usually have all the ingredients on hand, and it’s always a dinner that everyone loves.
I often forget about all the recipes I’ve shared throughout the years. But recently I’ve really been enjoying looking back through all my older recipes. It’s fun to see how I have grown. I think I’ve said this before, but sometimes I really wonder how I came up with certain recipes. Especially the ones from the very early days of HBH. I was very, very over the top back in the day. Thankfully I learned along the way and honed in a bit on what we all love the most.
Which kind of brings me to this chicken. This is one of the recipes that’s been on repeat throughout the years. So I thought I’d bring it back to life, simplify the process, and make it that much better of a dish.
And guys? I really can’t begin to tell you how good this one is. The pan sauce for the chicken alone is roll your eyes back good, but then add the pasta too?
OK, moving onto the details…
First, I will say that this is not a thirty minute or one skillet dinner, but it’s still simple to prepare and comes together in under and hour. And trust me, the added effort is worth it. This piccata really is so good.
Start with the chicken. If you’ve made chicken parmesan this is very similar. Just dredge the chicken through a mix of flour, then pan-sear it in a hot skillet. This allows the chicken to form a nice golden crust on the outside. Using thin chicken cutlets is key. The thin chicken cooks evenly and browns nicely in a short amount of time.
Tip: if your grocery store does not carry chicken cutlets, as a swap, try asking your butcher to pound out chicken breasts for you. This is super easy to do at home, but truthfully…it’s just not that much fun. The butcher can quickly pound out the chicken and save you the trouble…and the mess.
Once the chicken has been pan-seared, add in fresh sage. The sage infuses the butter while crisping up, becoming even more flavorful. Reserve the sage for topping.
In the same pan, add a splash of white wine and fresh lemon juice to create that classic lemon pan sauce. And that’s the chicken. Let it simmer away in the sauce while you work on the pasta.
Now, that pasta…
Look, the chicken is great, but you also need this pasta. It’s essential to the recipe, as every good chicken piccata needs to be served with something delicious on the side. Either creamy mashed potatoes or pasta.
Today, it’s all about the pasta. But this isn’t just any pasta. This pasta is tossed with herby, crispy, pan-fried mushrooms, and a creamy, cheesy parmesan sauce. It’s very simple, but perfect when paired alongside that saucy chicken.
And that’s it. This is such a warming fall pasta that’s hearty too. Every twirl of pasta is creamy, silky, and laced with rich, warming fall flavors. And the chicken is mouthwatering in the buttery pan sauce. All together this dish is beyond good, think…go for that second serving…good.
And lastly, I highly recommend you serve this up alongside your favorite crusty bread. Or maybe even some homemade beer bread (my favorite oldie, but goodie HBH recipe). Either would be delicious!
Looking for other fall dinner recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Lastly, if you make this Browned Sage Butter Chicken Piccata with Mushroom Pasta be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Browned Sage Butter Chicken Piccata with Mushroom Pasta.
Calories Per Serving: 1250 kcal
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- 4 chicken cutlets, or 2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 12 fresh sage leaves
- 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons capers drained
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cups mixed mushrooms, roughly torn or sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 pound Pappardelle egg pasta or other egg pasta
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh grated manchego cheese
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- 1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken through the flour mix, pressing gently to adhere.2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmers, add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet.3. To the same skillet, add the butter and sage. Sear the sage until crisp, about 1 minute. Remove the sage from the skillet and add to the plate with the chicken. Pour the wine and lemon juice into the skillet, cook 1 minute. Add the capers and season with salt and pepper. Return the chicken to the skillet and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through.4. Meanwhile, make the pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain.5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook undisturbed for 5 minutes or until golden. Stir and continue cooking until the mushrooms have caramelized, 3-5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic, thyme, and a pinch each of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. 6. Pour in the cream and 1/4 cup pasta cooking water. Add the pasta, parmesan, and manchego cheese. Toss until the cheese is melted and the sauce creamy. 7. To serve, divide the pasta among plates and top with the chicken and sage. Spoon over the pan sauce. Eat and enjoy!