Healthy Chicken Piccata

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.

Healthy chicken piccata in a skillet with capers and lemon slices

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.

Healthy Chicken Piccata served over angel hair pasta

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.

Healthy chicken piccata recipe with angel hair pasta

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Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe

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 skinny version, which makes it even better!
5 from 11 votes
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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 258 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken cutlets pounded thin (about 1.25 lbs)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 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

Instructions
 

  • 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!

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  1. 5 stars
    I will take an entire plate of this right now please and thank you! Looks so good, totally pinning 🙂 have a great day! xo

  2. This looks super good. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. Pinning. Visiting from Link Party Palooza.

  3. 5 stars
    I gave 5 stars because it’s just a regular chicken PICCATA recipe and I love chicken PICCATA. I just want to know What makes this a “skinny” chicken piccata? I understand the reason for The yogurt but what makes this a healthier or again “skinny” recipe?

    1. This is a contributors recipe, but I would say the yogurt helps & the fact that it’s not loaded in cheese or fried?

  4. 5 stars
    My family makes this often. We go through a lot of chicken & I love this recipe. It has great flavor & perfect with pasta, rice, or on its own.

  5. 5 stars
    My kids prefer chicken over any other type of meat, but I get tired of the same recipes, so I appreciate all the ones you provide here. This one is definitely a keeper

  6. 5 stars
    My husband said one of his favorite meals. Saving this one for sure! I served with a choice of zucchini noodles or Linguine!! So yummy!!