A traditional Chicken Piccata is very simply chicken breast cutlets browned and served with a pan sauce of lemon, butter and parsley. If you use chicken tenders pounded very thin, instead of the cutlets, this classic Italian dish can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. So easy and delicious, Chicken Piccata is perfect for a quick midweek meal.
In North America you will often see this dish served with rice or pasta. In Italy however, it is usually served unaccompanied. You can eat it alone as a light meal, or add some sautéed vegetables to make it into a more substantial meal. Enjoy!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 3 to 4 servings
- 1 lb. chicken tenders
- Salt and pepper
- 3 to 4 Tbsp. oil, such as olive or coconut
- ¼ cup onion, finely minced
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1½ cup chicken stock
- 1 tsp. coconut flour
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup green olives, coarsely chopped (packed in water)
- 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Thin slices of lemon for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
- Place each chicken tender between two sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap and pound evenly to about 1/4 inch thickness. Sprinkle both sides of each tender with salt and pepper, set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add 3 chicken tenders to skillet and cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until cooked through and lightly browned. Repeat with remaining chicken tenders, adding a tablespoon of oil as needed. Transfer chicken tenders to a platter and keep in warm oven until ready to serve.
- In the same skillet, heat one tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Whisk in chicken broth and coconut flour and simmer sauce until reduced and thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and add butter, lemon juice and chopped olives, stir to combine. Pour sauce over chicken tenders and sprinkle with parsley and garnish with lemon slices. Serve.