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Simple Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata (Dairy Free Option)

This Simple Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata will be ready in under 30 minutes making it perfect for a weeknight meal. The rich lemon butter caper sauce paired with pan seared chicken makes for a simple dish the whole family will love.

simple gluten free chicken piccata in a saute pan next to a blue towel

Ingredients for Simple Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

For this recipe we completely skip on breading the chicken. This means no gluten free flour or flour blend is necessary for this recipe. We have also included options for a dairy free chicken piccata option below.

Only 7 ingredients are needed for this dish and most of them are pantry staples. You will need:

  • Chicken
  • Olive Oil
  • White Wine- if you don’t want to use alcohol you can use extra broth
  • Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock
  • Butter- use your favorite dairy free butter instead for a dairy free version
  • Lemon- for fresh lemon juice and zest
  • Capers

Omitting the flour that is found in most chicken piccata recipes makes it gluten-free and makes the dish come together faster. By not breading and frying the chicken it will be ready in half of the time. This recipe is suitable for those with celiac disease and dairy food allergies (if you make the dairy free version). As always be sure to check ingredient labels.

How to Make Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

To start, on a cutting board trim the fat from chicken breasts and slice chicken breasts in half if working with large chicken breasts to cut down cooking time. Season both sides of chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Next, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan or frying pan.

Add chicken breasts and cook until golden brown and cooked through. Approximately 8 minutes per side depending on size of chicken breast. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. Keep an eye on the chicken and be sure not to overcook it so you have tender chicken.

Once chicken is cooked through remove from pan and put on a plate. Add the white wine to pan and let cook for 2-3 minutes to cook off alcohol. Next, stir in chicken broth, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and capers. Simmer for a few minutes and allow to cook down.

Finally, add the chicken breasts back to pan and spoon sauce over top. Remove from heat and serve.

What to Serve with Simple Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata has a very flavorful lemon wine sauce making it easy to pair with rice or pasta as well as any vegetables. If you are staying with the gluten-free theme be sure to use a gluten-free pasta such as chickpea or rice pasta. Zucchini noodles are also a great gluten-free option.

Our post What to Serve with Chicken Piccata can also offer you lots of delicious and simple suggestions for side dishes.

Simple Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of chicken should I use?

We used chicken cutlets for this recipe. If you can’t find chicken cutlets in the store you can make your own by slicing boneless skinless chicken breasts in half horizontally to make two thinner pieces of chicken. However, any cut of chicken can be used such as chicken thighs. Be sure to adjust the cooking time if you are working with thicker cuts of meat.

Does chicken piccata have gluten?

Traditional yes it does! However, this recipe is written to be gluten free. We skipped the flour and did not bread the chicken with any gluten free alternatives which also makes it low carb.

Can chicken piccata be made dairy free?

Absolutely, substitute your preferred dairy free butter for the butter in this recipe and it will be dairy free as well as gluten free.

Can I make chicken piccata ahead of time?

Yes, this recipe can be made ahead of time. Simply reheat the portion you plan to eat when ready. This recipe is great to use for meal prep since it makes for delicious leftovers.

How should I store leftover chicken piccata?

Let the chicken cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Does chicken piccata have wine?

Yes, wine gives this dish a lot of additional flavor. However, it is safe to serve to children because the alcohol in the wine will cook off while making the sauce.

simple gluten free chicken piccata

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close up of chicken piccata in a saute pan

Simple Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Chicken served in a lemon wine sauce with capers.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter (use dairy free butter for a dairy free version)
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1 oz capers (1/4 cup)

Instructions

  1. Trim fat from chicken breasts and slice in half if working with large chicken breasts to cut down cooking time. Season both sides of chicken lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  3. Add chicken breasts and cook until browned and cooked through. Approximately 8 minutes per side depending on size of chicken breast. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
  4. Once chicken is cooked through remove from pan and put on a plate.
  5. Add wine to pan and let cook for 2-3 minutes to cook off alcohol.
  6. Stir in chicken broth, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and capers.
  7. Simmer for a few minutes and allow to cook down.
  8. Add chicken breasts back to pan and spoon sauce over top.
  9. Remove from heat and serve.
  10. Enjoy with your preferred sides.

Notes

Chicken Piccata reheats very well and is great for leftovers making it a perfect dish to make double and use for lunch during the week.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 648mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 36g

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Kim

Monday 4th of July 2022

This was one of the best chicken dishes I have ever made. We don’t eat a lot of chicken because I usually find it dry or boring. Oooh my was this fantastic.

Melissa Samartino

Monday 4th of July 2022

Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it. We love it as well!

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