Keto Chicken Piccata {Paleo and Whole30}

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This Paleo, Whole30, & Keto Chicken Piccata recipe is a family favorite! This dish features juicy chicken breasts lightly coated in almond flour and pan fried until a golden crust is formed. Then, it’s finished off with a buttery lemon garlic sauce with capers. It doesn’t get any tastier or easier than this Keto Chicken Piccata! 

 

chicken piccata over zucchini noodles on a small white plate

 

keto chicken piccata

I’ve made many gluten free chicken piccata recipes over the years and this one is by far our favorite. The chicken stays juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and is smothered in a silky smooth buttery garlic caper sauce. SO GOOD! And as a bonus, it’s quick and easy enough to make on a weeknight – win win!!!

 

easy chicken piccata steps

chicken breasts on a cutting board with a mallet

First off, you need to start with thin slices of chicken – this is very important! If your chicken isn’t around 1/4″ thick, the outside will start to burn before the inside cooks.  You can buy thin sliced chicken breasts or pound your chicken into 1/4″ slices with a heavy pan or mallet.

 

dry ingredients in a bowl

Then, whisk together some almond flour, salt, and pepper in a large shallow bowl. For nut free, you can substitute cassava flour for the almond flour but then it would no longer be low-carb and Keto.

 

2 golden chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet

Dredge the chicken in the flour, shake off the excess, and cook it over medium heat in a skillet of melted butter and oil until cooked through. I cook mine for 4 minutes on each side and it’s perfect.

Be sure not to overcrowd the pan. If you need to cook the chicken in batches, rinse the pan out in between each batch and add new butter and oil. If you skip this step, the chicken made in the following batches will tastes burned. …And no one wants burned tasting chicken!!!

 

lemon butter sauce with capers in a cast iron skillet

Once the chicken is cooked, set it aside on a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Add 2 cloves of garlic to the pan and cook 15 to 30 seconds or until it’s nice and fragrant. Then, add chicken broth or white wine, the juice of a lemon, and capers.

 

Chicken picatta over zucchini noodles on a white plate, overhead shot

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in some parsley and butter (can use non-dairy) until the butter melts. At this point you can either add the chicken back to the pan with the sauce or drizzle the sauce over the chicken before serving – your choice.

Serve over gluten free pasta or zucchini noodles and a side salad for a complete dinner.

 

tips for perfect chicken piccata

  • It’s very important that you use thin sliced chicken that’s around 1/4″ thick. If your chicken is too thick, the outside will burn and the inside will not fully cook through. You can buy thin sliced chicken or pound the chicken with a heavy skillet or mallet until it’s the correct thickness.
  • When cooking the chicken, don’t overcrowd the pan. If you need to cook the chicken in batches, be sure to rinse out the pan and add new oil and butter for each batch. If you skip this step, the chicken made in the following batches will taste burned. …And no one wants burned tasting chicken!
  • Do not overcook the chicken or it will taste dry. Cook it just until the center is cooked through and the juices are clear. Mine is perfect at 4 minutes per side over medium heat.
  • Depending on the diet you follow, this can be served with gluten free noodles, zucchini noodles, or eaten plain with a veggie or side salad.

 

Looking for more low-carb or Keto pasta dishes? Check these out…

Fettuccine Alfredo With Blackened Chicken

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara 

Creamy Pesto Pasta With Grilled Chicken

Beef Stroganoff

 

chicken piccata over zucchini noodles on a small white plate

Keto Chicken Piccata {Paleo & Whole30}

This Paleo, Whole30, & Keto Chicken Piccata recipe is a family favorite! This dish features juicy chicken breasts lightly coated in almond flour and pan fried until a golden crust is formed. Then, it's finished off with a buttery lemon garlic sauce with capers. It doesn't get any tastier or easier than this Keto Chicken Piccata! 
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Course: Dinner, Egg Free, gluten free, keto, Nut Free, paleo, whole30
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Chicken Piccata recipe, Gluten Free Chicken Piccata, keto chicken, Keto Chicken Picatta, keto pasta, Paleo Chicken Picatta, Whole30 Chicken Piccata, Whole30Pasta
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Cassidy

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Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts 1/4 inch thick
  • 2/3 Cup Blanched Almond Flour or Otto's Cassava Flour For Nut Free
  • 1/4 Tsp. Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 4 Tbsp Butter (can use non-dairy) divided + more as needed
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil or Olive Oil + more as needed
  • 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/3 Cup Chicken Stock or White Wine
  • 2 Lemons juice from 1, garnish with the other
  • 2 Tbsp. Capers
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley

Instructions

  • If chicken is more than 1/4 inch thick, place chicken on cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Pound chicken with mallet or heavy skillet until it's 1/4 inch thick. 
  • Mix together the almond flour, salt, and pepper in large shallow bowl and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. avocado or olive oil and 1 Tbsp. butter over medium heat until butter is melted.
  • Once pan is hot, dredge the chicken in the flour, shake off excess, and place in skillet. Cook for around 4 minutes per side, or until outside is browned and center of chicken is just cooked through and juices are clear. Do not over crowd pan, cook in batches if needed.  If cooking in batches, rinse out pan between each batch and add new butter and oil. Add the chicken once pan is hot again. After chicken is cooked, set aside on a dish and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Have your chicken stock or wine ready to go, then add the garlic and cook 15 - 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add chicken stock or white wine to the pan and use a wooden spoon to de-glaze. Turn heat to medium-high and add the juice of 1 lemon and capers. Let bubble for about a minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parsley and 3 Tbsp butter until melted.
  • Return chicken to pan OR pour sauce over chicken just before serving. Garnish with sliced lemon.
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Notes

Nutrition Facts do not include noodles. 
Nutrition Facts
Keto Chicken Piccata {Paleo & Whole30}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 707mg 29%
Potassium 534mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 14.1%
Vitamin C 44.8%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.

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Posted March 12, 2019 by Cassidy in Egg Free, Keto, Nut Free, Paleo, Whats For Dinner?, Whole30 / 4 Comments

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4 responses to “Keto Chicken Piccata {Paleo and Whole30}

  1. This recipe is fantastic! I’ve made it twice already. I’ve craved chicken piccata for a long time, but haven’t been able to eat it in restaurants since I’m gluten and dairy free. And this recipe is so easy! Thank you so much!

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