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Nov 29

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

This one’s for the lemon lovers (like me). Chicken Piccata is an Italian specialty where chicken breasts are pounded thin and dredged in flour before being sautéed in butter and oil and covered in a sauce made of lemon juice, wine, capers and more butter. It’s not always a healthy choice in a restaurant, but this lighter version (using chicken broth and far less butter and oil) is just as delicious and clocks in at only 188 calories per serving or between 2-5 WW Personal Points depending on your ZeroPoint foods! The fresh lemon juice and salty, briny capers give this dish big flavor and it’s a great weeknight meal because it comes together in about 20 minutes.  Low calorie, low fat, low carbs and low points, no matter which you’re tracking, this dish is a healthy home run. To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata
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Chicken Piccata

This Chicken Piccata is a great weeknight meal because it comes together in about 20 minutes! Low calorie, low fat, low carbs and low points for a healthy home run.


  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (4 oz each) thin boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, (1 lb total) – you can also get two 8 oz breasts, cut them in half and pound them ¼ - 1/2” thin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon light butter
  • ½ cup low sodium fat free chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup capers, drained and rinsed
  • fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (not pictured)


  • Combine the flour, salt and pepper into a large Ziploc bag and shake to mix. Add the chicken, seal the bag and shake until the breasts are thoroughly coated.
  • Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts in a single layer and cook for 3 minutes or until the bottoms are golden. Flip the chicken breasts over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the underside is golden and the chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to a separate plate and cover in foil to keep warm.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the same pan and stir to scrape up any browned bits from the chicken and flour. Add the lemon juice, garlic and capers and cook for another 4-5 minutes while sauce reduces. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with chopped parsley if desired.


To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
Nutrition Information:
188 calories, 6 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 27 g protein, 0 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 4 SmartPoints/ Blue: 2 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
loosely inspired by the Turkey Piccata in the Crock Pot 365 Year-Round Recipes Cookbook

Chicken Piccata

27 comments on “Chicken Piccata”

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  2. I made it. It is and was delicious.

  3. Oh, this was another home run in my house. Chicken-critical father loved this, too. I served it with a side of whole wheat pasta and it went over really well. I think next time, if I make it with pasta, I’ll double the sauce recipe because there wasn’t enough to coat the pasta. But girl, you did great on this! <3

  4. Omg it was delicious! I only made enough chicken for two, but I made the full sauce recipe. I served it on whole wheat linguini and it was perfect!!

  5. This was amazing. I cooked it tonight for the family and even my one year old was all over it!

    Thanks for the post!!

  6. That is for sure a healthy meal you have there. Since I’ve been working out and I need to watch what I’m eating, I will try to make this kind of meal. Thanks!

  7. This meal is best suited for those people that are always on the go like me. I just love how you plate that chicken piccata.

  8. I wonder what’s taste of that chicken piccata. I guess there’s one way to find out!

  9. Love your recipes!! Im finally cooking 🙂 Can I use a butter substitute for the TBSP of butter?

  10. I’m not one to “rate” things online but I must give credit where credit is due. This is a great recipe! We ate is 2 nights ago and are making again tonight. Yummy and truly easy/quick! Thanks for your hard work!

  11. I’ve had this recipe saved for a while but just made it tonight. It was fantastic! I made with some roasted asparagus and had a fancy meal on a Monday night. Even the 12 year old enjoyed it!

  12. Best recipe on EB and that is saying something! Friggin’ faboulously fantastic!

  13. This is so fabulous!! Even my picky eaters gobbled it up. Thank you for such amazing recipes and all your hard work!! I Wish you had an app!!

  14. I made this tonight and it turned out delicious! My husband gave it his seal of approval also. There hasn’t been one recipe that I’ve tried of yours that has failed to deliver. Keep them coming! I appreciate this site so much. It’s my go-to for dinner.

  15. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I’m now following you on Pinterest and look forward to trying more of your recipes! Thank you!

  16. This is an old but a goody. I even saw I commented on four years ago! Just an updated comment here: I was able to prep everything here and bring it to my mother in law’s house and make a home cooked meal there. This is a really good recipe to do that with. Once again, we all enjoyed this meal!

  17. This was so delicious! This was the first recipe of yours that I tried and I’ll be trying many more. My two-year old and husband loved it as well. I’ll definitely be making this again and again!

  18. I haven’t had capers in a long time but this looked so good I had to try. I got my husband on board with the capers and low and behold: this was a HIT! So delicious as always, Emily! I added the zest of the lemon that I juiced in too and it was the perfect addition. I am in love with every recipe of yours! Please keep them coming! 🙂 🙂

    • Yay, I’m thrilled to hear it was a hit! Adding the zest is a great idea, the more lemon the better 🙂

  19. This was easy and good! Thanks!

  20. I made this and it was delicious & easy.

  21. Oh honey, this was a huge hit!! I this was incredibly flavorful and bursting with lemony garlic goodness. This will be a staple in my house. I would even make this for company, it was restaurant quality!

  22. This is so tasty and easy to make, even with 3 toddlers running around me. Highly recommend making it. 

  23. Delicious! As good, if not better, than a fine restaurant5 stars

  24. So easy and delicious … You make me look like I know what I’m doing! I added sliced shallots when I sauteed the broth & capers … Freakin’ yum!5 stars

  25. This was so delicious! Made exactly as written & would not change a thing. Thank you for sharing this great restaurant quality recipe 5 stars

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