This “Skinny” Chicken Piccata is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight but also fancy enough to make when you have company over! Plus it’s a healthy version, which makes it even better!
It’s nice to have a healthy option, especially for pasta recipes that can sometimes be heavy. This skinny chicken piccata is just as satisfying as the classic version! Try regular Chicken Piccata sometime if you’re feeling indulgent.
SKINNY Chicken Piccata
Hi there! It’s Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy!
Today I’m sharing a delicious and healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe that’s so easy, you can make it on a busy weeknight, but also fancy enough to make when you have company over. And it’s a “skinny” version, which makes it even better!
Don’t be intimidated by the fancy name. Piccata is actually a method of preparing food. Basically meat is sliced (or pounded), coated, sautéed and served in a sauce. And in this case, served over a bed of pasta!
To make this recipe a little lighter, we use plain greek yogurt instead of heavy cream to thicken that delicious sauce. But you won’t even be able to tell that it’s “healthy” because it tastes SO good.
Making Piccata Sauce
GARLIC. After cooking chicken, put aside and cook minced garlic.
COOK. When fragrant, add chicken broth and place pan back on heat. Heat to a light boil and let sauce cook until reduced a bit.
SIMMER. Add lemon juice and capers. Simmer again until sauce is reduced some and slightly thickened.
COMBINE. Add butter and melt. Add chicken and any liquid on plate. Simmer together over a medium-low heat until sauce is to thickness desired. Pull off heat.
THICKEN. Lightly stir in yogurt (can also skip this step and eat without adding yogurt if a creamy sauce isn’t wanted).
SERVE. You can serve the chicken on its own, or over a bed of angel hair pasta. To make it healthier, use whole wheat pasta.
Serve it with some sides, such as:
Helpful Recipe Notes
Capers: Capers are unripe, but edible, flower buds that have a unique taste, which is why they are normally used as seasonings. It has been described as having a sharp and salty taste. They are considered a health food because of their low calorie count, the fact that they’re rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and are high in fiber.
Chicken cutlet: Cutlets are thin and boneless slices of meat, in our case chicken. You can buy packaged cutlets, or just make your own by slicing a boneless chicken breast into thin slices.
For more healthy chicken pasta recipes, check out:
Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe
- 4-5 boneless skinless chicken cutlets pounded thin (about 1.25 lbs)
- salt and pepper
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp capers drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt or more to taste
- angel hair pasta for serving if desired
- sliced lemons for serving
- parsley for serving
- Pound chicken cutlets and season with salt and pepper. Roll in flour and shake off excess.
- Heat oil in pan. Brown chicken on both sides over medium heat. Remove to a plate when brown, set aside.
- Pull pan off the heat and add in minced garlic. Stir. Don’t burn the garlic!
- When fragrant, add chicken broth and place pan back on heat. Scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Heat to a light boil and let sauce cook until reduced a bit.
- Add lemon juice and capers. Simmer again until sauce is reduced some and slightly thickened.
- Add butter and melt. Add chicken and any liquid on plate. Simmer together over a medium-low heat until sauce is to thickness desired. Pull off heat. Lightly stir in yogurt (can also skip this step and eat without adding yogurt).
- Serve chicken alone or with angel hair pasta (I used the whole wheat kind) with some lemon slices on the side and parsley sprinkled over the top. Enjoy!