Chicken Piccata. Piccata is a food prep method: meat is sliced, coated, sautéed, and served in a sauce. The dish originated in Italy using veal, In the USA, the best-known variant is Chicken Piccata. It’s seasoned and dredged in flour before being browned in butter or olive oil. The sauce is made using the pan drippings. Lemon juice and white wine are added and reduced. Shallots or garlic can be added with capers and slices of lemon. After reduction, butter is stirred in to finish the sauce. In the USA, it is served with pasta, polenta, or rice. In Italy, Veal Piccata is a secondo and would be served after the pasta (or other starch) course.