BETTER CHICKEN PICCATA RECIPE

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Better Chicken Piccata Recipe is a simple and elegant dish of pan-fried chicken fillets in a rich lemon and caper sauce. Bright and lemony with salty bursts from capers, chicken piccata is a delicious one-pan, less than 30-minute, keto meal!

Better Chicken Piccata Recipe
Chicken Piccata

BETTER CHICKEN PICCATA RECIPE

Chicken Piccata is a recipe for chicken. The chicken is coated with flour, browned in a pan, then served in a sauce containing lemon juice, butter, and capers.

ingredients for chicken recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR YOUR LEMONY CHICKEN PICCATA

Full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions for cooking is at the bottom of this post.

  • Chicken breasts. You can use chicken tenders but the cooking time will vary. As well, you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Lemon pepper.
  • Garlic powder. Or, you can substitute it with onion powder.
  • All-purpose flour.
  • Olive oil.
  • Capers. Also, read Benefits of Capers for the fantastic bonus of adding these to your diet.
  • Butter. You may use salted or unsalted butter. You can also substitute ghee, vegan butter, or olive oil.
  • Chicken stock. As well, you can use white wine. (more below)
  • Lemon. You’ll need both the lemon zest and juice from one lemon.
seasonings

CAN I USE ANOTHER PROTEIN?

Yes, absolutely. Veal was originally used for piccata so it would be a great choice. Also, try boneless pork chops or white fish like mahi-mahi or red snapper.

raw chicken

WHAT ARE CAPERS?

Capers come from a prickly bush called Capparis spinosa, or Flinders rose that grows wild across the Mediterranean and Asia. It is a perennial plant with rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers.

DO CAPERS ADD FLAVOR?

Yes. Capers are brined and packed in salt to store them. Naturally, this gives them a salty flavor. As well, they have a floral and tangy flavor. Some say they taste like green olives.

chicken in pan

WHAT WINE IS GOOD IN BETTER CHICKEN PICCATA?

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Blanc have medium acid levels that pair well with chicken, butter, and lemon in piccata.

As well, you can add a dry white wine and still maintain a low-carb entree. In fact, dryness is key to a good keto wine.

Best Keto-Friendly Wines

  1. Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc
  2. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio
chicken breasts
pan with capers

TIPS FOR YOUR CHICKEN

Option one, if your chicken breasts aren’t the same size place them on a cutting board, cover them with a plastic wrap, and pound them to the same thickness.

Another option, instead of pounding them, you can cut them the same thickness. (You can use all the chicken in your recipe or save the smaller pieces for something else. Place them in an airtight container and add a favorite vinaigrette or marinade. Allow them to marinate overnight. Then, cook them for a quick meal on a salad or wrap.)

Better Chicken Piccata
One chicken cutlet in saucepan with capers and butter.

CAN I COOK BETTER CHICKEN PICCATA IN AN AIR FRYER?

Yes. To cook in the air fryer, you’ll want to pre-heat the air fryer to 370°F. When it’s at temp, add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes, turn, and cook for another 3 minutes. It’ll be ready when it’s crispy, lightly brown, and cooked through.

Chicken Piccata

WHAT TO SERVE WITH BETTER CHICKEN PICCATA

Chicken piccata is a perfect match with rice, pasta, or gnocchi. If you plan to serve it with one of these double the sauce so you’ll have extra to coat the noodles.

If you prefer low-carb eating, serve your piccata with Ceasar salad, broccoli or Brussels sprouts.

Of course, store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

chicken

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Chicken Piccata
Better Chicken Piccata

BETTER CHICKEN PICCATA RECIPE

This is a delicious one-pan, less than 30-minute, keto chicken recipe. It's simple and elegant which makes it great for both family dinners or for entertaining.
Author: Paula
5 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 and ½ pounds chicken breasts boneless, skinless (approx 3 breasts)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons capers drained and divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter salted or unsalted
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 medium lemon zested and juiced (need 3T juice & 1T zest)

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts on a plate, in this case, I used a 9 by 9 pan.  Keep the mess in one place. Using 2 forks, poke each breast 4 to 5 times. If your breasts are not the same thickness, look into the notes for my quick fix.
  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and garlic powder, on both sides. Take the flour and sprinkle over the chicken, to coat. Flip the chicken and coat the other side with flour as well. If you don’t want to sprinkle the flour into the pan or plate, you can use a bowl, big enough to put the chicken breast in it, and drench it with flour on both sides.
  • Heat a pan, I used a 12-inch pan, over medium heat. Pour olive oil, once the oil is hot enough, you will see a light shimmer,  place the chicken breasts in the pan. Cook the chicken for 6 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and place it on a plate. Set aside.
  • Still on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of capers, with a fork, smash them, and heat for 20 seconds. Add the butter and melt completely, stirring Once the butter is completely melted add the capers, chicken stock, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Mix well making sure you are releasing all the crumbs on the side and in the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Place the chicken back in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes until it is heated through. Remove from the pan and serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 864mg | Potassium: 756mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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