Lightened Up and Easy Chicken Piccata

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The Kid and I were out for Friday Night Dinner last week and we went to a restaurant where you can sit and watch the chefs cook everyone’s dinner. I always love watching so I asked if we could sit within viewing distance. The woman was incredible with how she managed to make all the dishes and stay calm at the same time.

Halfway through dinner, The Kid looked at me and said “Why don’t you quit your job and do what you love?” Oh, if only it were that simple. I’d love to! It’s funny though that I didn’t even say anything, but she picked up on my excitement at watching.

I love cooking and can only think of a few things I find as exciting. So needless to say, I was thrilled to go through a bunch of cookbooks to find a recipe that would be out of the ordinary for us to meet the Fancy Sunday Dinner tradition.

This week I decided to go with a chicken recipe and found one that would use some more of the bottle of white wine that I had leftover from last week’s dinner. I plan to freeze the rest so that it won’t go bad before being used. The chicken smelled wonderful as it was cooking.

I changed things up a bit from the original to cut the fat, flour and a few other changes to meet the contest prep criteria. Adding a little bit of flour makes it taste more special and decadent than just plain grilled chicken, but it doesn’t add effort or many calories.

Chicken Piccata Lightened-Up-Chicken-Piccata

  • 16 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper, optional
  • 1/4 cup flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions, green and white parts
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed if possible
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp capers, drained

Cut the chicken breasts into 4 pieces that are approximately the same size. Place chicken between two pieces of heavy plastic wrap and pound with a mallet or tenderizer to 1/2 inch thickness. I got creative and used the back of a ladle since I don’t have an official mallet to use. Salt and pepper each piece, if desired. Reserve 1 tsp of the flour and place the remainder of the 1/4 cup flour into a shallow dish.

Spray a skillet with non-stick spray and heat over medium high heat. Coat both sides of each chicken piece with the flour and place in the hot pan. Cook approximately 4 minutes on each side until cooked thoroughly and golden brown. Remove chicken from pan and put aside to keep warm.

Lower heat to medium and add the sliced green onions to the pan. Cook, stirring often for 2 – 3 minutes. Add the 1/2 cup of white wine and bring to a boil. Scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan to add flavor to the sauce. Add the garlic and 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the pan and boil for about 2 minutes. Meanwhile mix the 1 tsp of flour with 1/4 cup of the chicken broth.

Add the flour and broth mixture to the pan, stirring constantly until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, butter and capers until mixed. Place 1 chicken breast piece on each plate and top with the sauce. Makes 4 servings at approximately 214 calories each.

I served our chicken piccata with a side of jasmine rice and steamed cabbage. Yes, the cabbage is an odd choice but it’s what I had on hand from our produce share so I wanted to use it up. I loved that the recipe made 4 servings so I got to put 2 servings into plastic containers for lunches later. The sauce got even better the next day!

I can’t wait to pick the next recipe. Do you have a go to chicken recipe?


  1. That looks delicious! My go-to recipe is salsa chicken; Chicken breasts covered in a jar of store bought salsa and then topped with grated cheese and then in the oven until cooked. Easy peasy!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Adrianne says

      Oooh! That sounds good. I have chicken and salsa already on hand, not to mention we love Mexican food. Great idea. Thank you!

  2. That chicken looks delicious!! I pinned it to try later!!
    Wouldn’t it be awesome if it were as easy as your child suggested – just quit your job and do what you love?! Maybe one day!!

    • Adrianne says

      Hi, Kim! It was so easy to make too. I was worried it would be complicated but it all came together really fast. Loved having leftover meals with it too. You could probably double it if your family is bigger. 🙂

  3. What a yummy way to lighten up this recipe! It looks delish. Your site always inspires me. 🙂

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    • Adrianne says

      Thanks Crystal! Your site is amazing and I can’t tell you how much time your readers have saved me with the Mommy Club Resources. Crafts, time savers, tips. Love it!

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