Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe (Gluten-Free)

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This easy Gluten Free Chicken Piccata is the best easy recipe you will ever make! Cooked in a creamy lemon butter sauce, this tender chicken is perfectly crispy, made in under 30 minutes and uses minimal ingredients. This simple dish is classic, elegant, and perfectly paired with a side of veggies and roasted potatoes. 
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Plate of gluten free chicken piccata.

There’s a reason chicken is so popular. You can sweeten it up with honey mustard sheet pan chicken, make it spicy with buffalo chicken meatballs, or go tangy with sesame chicken pita. It’s versatile, high in protein and delicious. And with that in mind, I bring you a classic.

Have you ever made something so delicious you’re shocked at how unbelievably simple it is? Well, now you have with this lemony chicken piccata!

Chicken piccata is a traditional Italian dish made with flour-coated chicken breasts. The chicken is baked over the stove in a simple lemon butter sauce and topped with capers. This gluten-free recipe is true to the original but made with lighter ingredients to recreate this classic Italian dish from the comfort of your kitchen. The first time I made this for my family, they couldn’t believe such a simple and easy recipe could taste so yummy.

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Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Gluten-free, high protein and low in carbs.
  • This Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata Recipe is an easy meal the whole family will love!
  • Homemade lemon butter sauce that is simple and ready in minutes.
  • A classic favorite you can make at home.
Plates with gluten free chicken piccata on plates with mashed potatoes.

In a time crunch? Cheat code below…

I’m here to spill the tea on a little secret….. Frozen minced garlic. This one is a game-changer and I use it ALL the time. Plus, no smelly garlic hands after. Win/win!

One more time saver: buy pre-cut chicken tenderloins instead of large chicken breasts that you have to cut and tenderize yourself. Local grocery stores will have both the garlic and the tenderloins. Magically, your chicken piccata just got even easier.

Gluten free chicken piccata on a plate with lemon slices and capers.

Tips and tricks

I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten-free flour to make this a gluten-free chicken piccata recipe. If that’s not a concern for you, your regular all-purpose flour works too. To make this chicken piccata less fattening, omit the butter in the sauce at the end. You can also cook the chicken in a cooking spray as opposed to the olive oil, however, I recommend the oil for the best results. Feel free to substitute the olive oil for coconut oil, if you prefer. 

Ingredients and Substitutes

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions for this Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata Recipe.

Piccata ingredients including broth, capers, and gluten-free flour.

Chicken:  1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins.

Flour: I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 to make this recipe gluten-free. If gluten is not a concern, use all-purpose flour, if preferred.

Butter: classic chicken piccata has a creamy butter sauce. To lower the fat, omit the second serving of butter in the sauce.

Garlic: minced.

Lemon: one large lemon, halved. One half will be used for juice, and the other cut into slices.

Chicken Broth: low sodium.  

Capers: it’s not a piccata without the capers! Highly recommend adding them.

Spices: salt, pepper and fresh parsley.

Chicken topped with capers and lemon slices.

How to make this Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata recipe:

Step 1: Prep chicken

Using a knife, butterfly the chicken breast on a cutting board and cut the chicken in half, leaving 4 chicken cutlets. Cover with saran wrap and pound chicken with a meat tenderizer to approximately ½ inch thick and even all over. Season both sides with salt and pepper. 

Step 2: Coat chicken

Lay the flour out on a plate or shallow bowl and dip the pieces of chicken into the flour, evenly coating all sides of the chicken. You will have a little excess flour leftover which has been accounted for in the nutrition facts. 

Chicken being dredged in gluten-free flour.

Step 3: Prep lemon

Cut the lemon in half and juice one half (approx. 3 Tbsp.) and slice the other half into thin lemon slices. 

Step 5: Cook chicken

Add 2 Tbsp. olive oil to a large sauté pan and heat over medium heat. Add the flour-coated chicken cutlets to the hot oil and cook on each side until cooked through and no longer pink, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove and set aside on a plate.

Collage of the steps to dredge and cook chicken.

Step 6: Make the piccata sauce

Lower the heat to medium-low and add 1 Tbsp. of butter and minced garlic. Stir and cook until the garlic is fragrant. Add the lemon juice and lemon slices to the frying pan, stirring until the lemon slices are golden brown and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Cook for 2-5 minutes.

Collage of the steps to make the sauce for piccata.

Step 7: Add chicken

Add the chicken broth, capers and 1 Tbsp. of butter to the pan and stir to melt the butter and create a piccata sauce. Add the cutlets back to the pan and spoon the sauce over to soak into the breaded chicken and reheat throughout. 

Step 8: Serve

Remove from pan and serve with fresh chopped parsley, for garnish.

Gluten free chicken piccata with capers and lemon.

What to serve with this

If you really want to make this easy chicken piccata recipe shine, serve it with the perfect sides! Some starchy side options are greek yogurt mashed potatoes, gluten-free noodles or white rice. To keep it lower in carbs, serve with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or green beans. 

Plate with mashed potatoes and gluten-free chicken piccata.

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Plate of gluten free chicken piccata.

Chicken Piccata (Gluten-Free)

Danielle Lima
This easy Gluten Free Chicken Piccata is the best easy recipe you will ever make! Cooked in a creamy lemon butter sauce, this tender chicken is perfectly crispy, made in under 30 minutes and uses minimal ingredients. This simple dish is classic, elegant, and perfectly paired with a side of veggies and roasted potatoes. 
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 239 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour 37g (or all-purpose flour)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter split
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large lemon halved
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. capers drained
  • fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Using a knife, butterfly the chicken breast on a cutting board and cut the chicken in half, leaving 4 chicken cutlets. Cover with seran wrap and pound chicken with a meat tenderizer to approximately ½ inch thick and even in size. Season both sides with salt and pepper. 
  • Lay the flour on a plate or shallow bowl and dip the pieces of chicken into the flour, evenly coating all sides of the chicken. You will have a little excess flour leftover, which has been accounted for in the nutrition facts. 
  • Cut the lemon in half and juice one half (approx. 3 Tbsp.) and slice the other half into thin lemon slices. 
  • Add 2 Tbsp. olive oil to a large sauté pan and heat over medium heat. Add the flour coated chicken cutlets to the hot oil and cook on each side until cooked through and no longer pink, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove and set aside on a plate. 
  • Lower the heat to medium low and add 1 Tbsp. of butter and the minced garlic. Stir and cook until the garlic is fragrant. Add the lemon juice and lemon slices to the frying pan, stirring until the lemon slices are golden brown. Scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Cook for 2-5 minutes. 
  • Add the chicken broth, capers and 1 Tbsp. of butter to the pan and stir to melt the butter and create a piccata sauce. Add the cutlets back to the pan and spoon the sauce over to soak into the breaded chicken and reheat throughout. 
  • Serve with fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Notes

  • All nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions. 
  • To lower the fat contact, omit the butter in the sauce at the end and/or use cooking spay in place of olive oil to cook the chicken. 
  • If gluten is not a concern, use all purpose flour at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Use frozen minced garlic and precut chicken tenderloins to save on time. 

Nutrition

Serving: 5ozCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 22gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1551mgPotassium: 218mg
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve tried a lot of Chicken Piccata recipes and this is the BEST! I’m so glad I found your website. I have a gluten allergy, searched for gf chicken piccata, found your ingredients to be too easy to be true, and I was able to put a delicious meal together in less than 30 minutes. Thank you!! I can’t wait to try your other recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! My daughter is recently gluten free and this recipe is definitely a keeper. Great depth of flavor in the sauce. Thank you for such a yummy recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! So easy and really delicious. I served it with whole wheat couscous and broccoli. Thank you Danielle!

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