This gluten free chicken piccata is a delicious & healthy version of the classic Italian dish! A perfect Whole30 chicken recipe the entire family will love!

This recipe was originally published on Dec 4, 2017 and updated with new copy and photos on 3/1/22.

chicken piccata with capers and lemon slices in a skillet with a silver spoon

The BEST Whole30 Chicken Recipe: Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is one of the most popular, famous dishes served at Italian restaurants. It used to be one of my all-time favorite meals to order. I love the crunch of the chicken mixed with the lemony-caper sauce that is just so delicious.

Unfortunately, the regular version is typically breaded and fried and full of gluten, which doesn’t work for me anymore.  I set out to create a cleaner, more allergy-friendly version that still hits the spot with all the best chicken piccata flavors, but with healthier swaps! I am in love with this recipe and so happy that get to enjoy this beloved dish again!

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this is the perfect weeknight meal!

ingredients for whole30 chicken piccata

How to Make Whole30 Chicken Piccata

My Whole30 chicken piccata recipe is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and absolutely delicious! It’s made with a mixture of egg, almond flour, and coconut flour to coat the chicken and fry it to a crispy, golden brown and topped with a flavorful lemon caper sauce. You will absolutely love this healthier version!

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken: I like to use organic chicken from Butcher Box.
  • Chicken Broth: I like Kettle & Fire or Costco Brand.
  • Wine: To keep this Whole30, there’s actually NO wine in this recipe. You may be used to cooking this dish with wine, but this recipe turns out so great without it!
  • Breading: I use a mixture of coconut & almond flour for the crispy breading for this chicken. See Mary’s Tips & Tricks below for a nut-free breading option.

a hand dipping a chicken breast into an almond flour spice mixture after being dipped in egg

pouring broth into a skillet with lemon juice and capers

What to Serve with Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

This chicken piccata is cooked to a crispy golden brown with the perfect crunch and an amazing lemon caper sauce. Because the chicken is so flavorful and saucy, I suggest choosing a side that will complement the flavors of the chicken.  Take a look at these perfect sides below!

Chicken Piccata Sides

Creamy Whole30 Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Cauliflower Mash

a side of Broccoli

Over Gluten Free Pasta (Jovial Foods is my favorite brand).

A tan and white plate with roasted broccoli, gluten free chicken piccata, and lemon slices

Mary’s Tips & Tricks

Nut Allergy: If you have a nut allergy you can use Pork Panko as a great breading alternative. It is what is pictured above and turned out so crispy and delicious! You can also make your own by crushing up pork rinds. Just be sure to check your ingredients if doing a Whole30!

FAQs

Is this keto chicken piccata?

Each serving of this chicken piccata has 11 net carbs, which makes it low-carb and keto-friendly. Be sure to choose a low-carb keto side like broccoli or cauliflower mash to keep the net carbs low!

How many calories are in chicken piccata?

For one serving of this chicken piccata, there are 460 calories.

What are the best sides for chicken piccata?

If you are looking for the best sides to serve with chicken piccata, scroll up to the section “What to Serve with Chicken Piccata”. There are some great ideas for yummy, healthy sides!

Can I make this chicken piccata in the Instant Pot?

Unfortunately for this recipe, the Instant Pot won’t work! There just isn’t enough room to fit the chicken. You could work in batches, but it would end up steaming it instead of making it crispy. Maybe if it was little pieces of chicken but that would be a completely different recipe. Maybe I’ll create one eventually, but for now, I’d stick to a large skillet on the stovetop.

a skillet with gluten free chicken piccata, capers, lemon slices, and parsley

More Whole30 Chicken Recipes

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Bowls

Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes

Baked Butter Chicken Meatballs

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Recipe by: Mary’s Whole Life

Photos by: Casey from The Mindful Hapa

Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata

This gluten-free chicken piccata is a delicious & healthy version of the classic Italian dish! A perfect Whole30 chicken recipe the entire family will love!
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts*
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • cup blanched almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 lemons, 1 for juicing, one for garnish
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions
 

  • Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Beat the egg in another shallow dish. Place side by side near the stove. Heat 2 tbsp of your oil over medium high heat in a large cast iron skillet. Meanwhile, dip your butterflied/sliced chicken breasts first in the egg, then dredge them in the flour mixture.
  • Add to the chicken to the hot pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your chicken breasts. (I did two chicken pieces at a time, removed them, then added 2 more tbsp of olive for the 2nd batch of chicken). Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add ghee to the empty hot pan and scrape up any brown bits as it melts. Add in chicken broth, capers, the juice from one lemon, and the arrowroot powder/water mixture. Bring to a boil and reduce heat - let it simmer for about 3-5 mins. Add chicken back to the pan and keep on low until you're ready to serve. Enjoy!

Notes

*I cut two large chicken breasts in half to form 4 thinner breasts, and pounded them until they were of even thickness.

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 43g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 159mg, Sodium: 1035mg, Potassium: 781mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 139IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 78mg, Iron: 2mg