Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chicken Piccata

I've made chicken piccata before, but that recipe didn't call for capers (blasphemy!) and no longer fits in my clean eating lifestyle. I was very excited to see a new version in the Sept/Oct issue of Clean Eating Magazine - capers included!

This recipe turned out to be fantastic. I had some leftover artichoke hearts so I threw them in - what a great addition that turned out to be! Surprisingly, and thankfully, I didn't miss the butter in the sauce at all!

Chicken Piccata
Slightly Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine, Sept/Oct 2009, page 49

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, divided
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4, 4-oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsps capers or olives, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped (I omitted)
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped (I added)

1. Reserve 1 tbsp flour for later use. In a shallow dish, combine remaining flour with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken to pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove chicken from pan and transfer to plate.

3. Using the same pan over medium high heat, add remaining 2 tsp oil, garlic, and reserved 1 tbsp flour. Heat mixture, stirring constantly for about 1 minute, scraping up any brown bits from pan. Add stock, lemon juice, artichokes and capers. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium high and simmer for about 3 minutes, until sauce thickens. Add chicken back to pan and continue to simmer for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper.


  1. I'm sooo thrilled you posted this! My husband and I adore this dish but with our new healthier eating style it just doesn't work!! Glad to know there's a healthy way to prepare it!

  2. Starring this!! I LOVE piccatta but can't take all that butter. I'm so excited about this recipe!

  3. Looks great and I love the addition of the artichokes.

  4. I tried this recipe this evening and it was fabulous. I made it exactly as you posted it. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. I love finding new chicken dishes to try! Looks amazing!

  6. I've made this twice now and I have to make triple the batch b/c my husband loves it so much! Definitely kick started my motivation to get back to clean eating.