Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Chicken cutlets with lemon juice, parsley, and capers.

Hailing from Italy, the «piccata» [pr. pih-KAH-tuh] dish consists of seasoned and floured escalopes, mostly of veal or chicken, which are quickly sautéed then served with a lemon juice and parsley sauce.

2 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 10 min

270 calories per serving 


1 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, butterflied   300 g
2 tbsp white flour (all purpose)   16 g
1 tbsp olive oil   15 mL
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed   3/4 lemon
1/3 cup chicken broth, low-sodium   85 mL
3 1/2 tsp capers   10 g
2 tsp margarine non-hydrogenated   9 g
1/2 tbsp Italian parsley, fresh, chopped   3 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
  aluminum foil    

Before you start

Keep the serving plates in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.


  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise, then butterfly them to make cutlets. Flatten and tenderize the cutlets using a meat pounder. Season the cutlets with salt and pepper, then coat them with the flour and shake off the excess.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add a few chicken cutlets at a time and cook for 3 min. When the chicken has browned, flip and cook the other side for 3 min. Remove and transfer the cutlets to a plate. Repeat the operation with the remaining chicken cutlets, then add them to the plate, cover with aluminum foil, and put them in the low-setting oven to keep them warm.
  3. Reduce the skillet heat to medium-low, then pour in the lemon juice, broth and capers. Bring the mixture to a boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavour. Adjust the seasoning. Return all of the chicken to the pan, cover and simmer for 3-4 min. Remove the chicken and transfer it to a serving platter.
  4. Add the margarine to the skillet and whisk vigorously. Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with the chopped parsley. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (180g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




10 g

15 %

Saturated 1.5 g
+ Trans 0 g

9 %


85 mg


220 mg

9 %


8 g

3 %


0 g

2 %


0 g


35 g

Vitamin A

4 %

Vitamin C

15 %


2 %


15 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¼ serving
Grain Products: ½ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Sugar, Trans Fat
Low :
Saturated Fat
Source of :
Copper, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc
Good source of :
Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K
Excellent source of :
Niacin, Vitamin B6
Diet-related health claims :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Poultry | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | Heart-healthy | Kosher | Low Saturated Fat | Italian

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