Gluten Free Chicken Piccata Recipe

Brianna Hobbs | Flippin' Delicious

Classic Gluten Free Chicken Piccata makes a great weeknight meal, or easy at home date-night dinner. Crisp and golden buttery chicken in a light lemon butter sauce with capers, served with gluten-free pasta. Just like classic chicken piccata but made gluten-free.

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata has a special place in my heart.

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When I was pregnant with my second daughter, my husband (who very rarely cooks, unless it is frozen gluten free chicken nuggets) was in the doghouse and wanted to do something nice for me to make up.

I always get sick when I’m pregnant. The kind of all-day “morning” sickness that lasts for the first 20 weeks. I was feeling particularly yucky that day, and certainly wasn’t going to make dinner.

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My hubby found a recipe for chicken piccata online, by himself. He made a grocery list and purchased everything that he needed. Then he came home and made chicken piccata while I rested on the couch.

The chicken piccata smelled so good! My husband’s plan worked. He was out of the doghouse.

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Ever since then, gluten free chicken piccata has popped up on our dinner menu.

Chicken Piccata is simple dish. Simple in that it doesn’t have to many flavors or ingredients. Chicken, butter, olive oil, lemon, capers, and a bit of chicken stock.

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While being simple, it is still one of those dishes that almost always has flour in it. The secret to the crispy and golden chicken is a quick dip in some seasoned flour. While restaurant chicken piccata is rarely gluten free, it is easy to adapt at home by using your favorite gluten-free flour.

Dredging the chicken tenders is quick and easy. Not nearly as much work as breading chicken nuggets or the like. I don’t often bread chicken at home on a regular basis, it has to be a special recipe like my gluten free chicken parmesan. I inevitably make a huge mess, getting flour and breadcrumbs everywhere, so I try to avoid it on busy weeknights.

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Since chicken piccata only needs a light dusting of seasoned gluten free flour, it doesn’t make a huge mess in my kitchen and is quick and easy enough for a weeknight meal.

While this gluten free chicken piccata is easy enough for a weeknight meal, you can also dress it up for an elegant at-home date night. Just add a glass of wine and a yummy dessert. I’m always a chocolate fan, and my gluten free lava cake has just 6 ingredients and no flour, plus they can be made ahead of time and baked when you are ready to eat. Or whip up some gluten free red velvet cupcakes, nothing says LOVE like red velvet. Date night: check!

When making your chicken piccata, be sure to season your flour very generously with salt and pepper, and to season your chicken before dredging it. If you skimp on the salt and pepper you’ll regret it. Bland city!

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I used chicken tenders in my gluten free chicken piccata recipe because I don’t have to trim, butterfly, or pound chicken breasts. Chicken tenders are also the perfect size for my kids.

If you prefer, you can use chicken cutlets, or a butterflied chicken breast. You want the chicken to be thin enough that it cooks evenly with just a few minutes on each side so that you don’t burn the flour.

If I am in a super rush and don’t feel like I have enough time to flour chicken tenders, I make some gluten free pasta with white wine sauce instead. It has some of the same flavors of lemon and capers and is vegetarian so I can skip dredging and searing the chicken tenders.

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Gluten Free Chicken Piccata Recipe

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour, see note
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds Chicken Tenders, I had about 10 tenders
  • 6 tablespoons Butter, divided, I used a dairy-free butter substitute
  • 5 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/3 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Capers, drained
  • Gluten Free Pasta, to serve

Directions

  1. In a shallow container (I used an 8x8 baking dish) mix your gluten free flour with a generous amount of salt and pepper. I used about 1 teaspoon of salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper, but season according to your taste.
  2. Season your chicken tenders with salt and pepper, then lightly dredge in the seasoned gluten free flour.
  3. In a heavy bottomed skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and foamy.
  4. Dust the excess gluten free flour off of the chicken tenders and add 3-4 tenders into the skillet. They should immediately sizzle. If they don’t, your pan isn’t hot enough yet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove the tenders to a cooling rack.
  5. Add another tablespoon of butter and olive oil to your skillet, let the butter melt, then cook another 3-4 chicken tenders following the directions above. Repeat a third time with the remaining tenders and another tablespoon of butter and olive oil.
  6. Leaving the oil and butter in the pan, add the chicken broth and lemon juice to the skillet. Simmer and reduce the liquid by half, scraping up any golden and caramelized bits from the bottom of the pan. The liquid should be slightly thickened.
  7. Stir in the capers.
  8. Remove from heat, and swirl in the last tablespoon of butter.
  9. Add the chicken back to the skillet and serve with your favorite gluten free pasta.

 

Notes

  • Use a gluten free flour that doesn’t contain bean flour. It doesn’t need to contain xanthan or other gums.
  • I used my gluten free flour blend, which is made with rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch.

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Author: Brianna Hobbs
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 431
Calories 399

% Daily Value*
83%
Total Fat 54g
4%
  Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Sodium 66mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate 46g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
103%
Protein 52g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brianna Hobbs

About Brianna

Brianna is the blogger behind Flippin' Delicious, which we think is a perfectly apt name for everything you'll find on her site. Here on Food Fanatic, you'll find her helping to make gluten free dinners everyone can enjoy.