Healthy Chicken Piccata

Piccata is one of my favorite Italian dishes. Lemon, capers, wine, butter — what’s not to love? But, I never make it myself and rarely order it in restaurants because piccata is usually quite fat and calorie heavy.

This lighter version by Gina at SkinnyTaste.com tastes fabulous — even the kids loved it — yet is just 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving.  Our family likes to pour the sauce over whole wheat pasta.

Healthy Chicken Piccata

Dip each flattened seasoned chicken breast in the egg.

Healthy Chicken Piccata

Then dredge in the bread crumbs.

Healthy Chicken Piccata

Cook the sprayed chicken 2-3 minutes on each side, until cooked through.

Healthy Chicken Piccata

Over medium heat, melt butter, add the lemon juice, wine, chicken broth and the reserved lemon halves, salt, and pepper.

Healthy Chicken Piccata

Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Discard the lemon halves, add the capers and serve one chicken cutlet on each plate.

Healthy Chicken Piccata

Spoon sauce over chicken and serve.

Healthy Chicken Piccata
 
Weight Watchers Info: 5 PointsPlus per serving
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 (16 oz total) chicken cutlet halves, all fat trimmed
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ⅔ cup seasoned whole wheat dry bread crumbs
  • olive oil spray (about 1 tbsp worth)
  • 1 tbs light butter
  • juice of 1 lemon, lemon halves reserved
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • Sliced lemon, for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into 4 cutlets, then place cutlets between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to ¼-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow plate, beat the egg whites and 1 teaspoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs in another plate. Dip each chicken breast first in the egg, then bread crumbs.
  3. Heat a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Spray a generous amount of olive oil spray on one side of the chicken, and lay it in the pan, oil side down. Spray the top of the chicken generously to coat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Set aside until you make the sauce.
  4. For the sauce, clean the saute pan. Over medium heat, melt butter, add the lemon juice, wine, chicken broth and the reserved lemon halves, salt, and pepper. Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Discard the lemon halves, add the capers and serve one chicken cutlet on each plate. Spoon on the sauce and serve with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

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