This recipe for keto chicken piccata or picatta, includes a couple of simple yet delicious substitutions to achieve a keto friendly version of this classic. It may even be the best chicken piccata recipe overall, keto or not! In a traditional chicken piccata recipe, chicken breasts are dredged in flour before pan frying. Eating a small amount of flour may allow you to still stay in ketosis. However, using zero carb substitutes is a better option. Plus, if you’re gluten-free or grain-free for serious health reasons such as celiac, then wheat must be eliminated entirely.
The main flavors of chicken piccata, lemon and capers, make a delicious combination. I especially love this dish when paired with a sauvignon blanc or a light French muscadet from Dry Farm Wines. If you’re new here you may not have heard about Dry Farm Wines before, but I’ve been drinking their wine for years.
You can see my videos about Dry Farm Wines and a full review here. Every Dry Farm Wines bottle is tested to be under one gram of sugar. They test for other contaminants as well. Their no sugar wine is basically zero carb as well as gluten free and delicious.
What is Piccata Chicken?
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Best Chicken Piccata Recipe
The best chicken piccata recipe will include all of the critical flavor elements. Crispy chicken, capers, butter and lemon are the flavors that define this classic dish. While some people like to serve their chicken piccata with pasta, we of course won’t be doing that here. However, it’s still really delicious paired with zucchini noodles or Natural Heaven hearts of palm noodles as an alternative to wheat pasta.
Keto Chicken Picatta/Keto Chicken Piccata
While you can absolutely pound your chicken for this recipe, it’s quicker and easier to slice a large breast horizontally. If you prefer to pound the chicken breast, be sure to put the chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap to avoid spreading germs in your kitchen. It is also useful to keep a separate cutting board on hand for chicken. I like to use a plastic one for this purpose so I can sanitize it in the dishwasher.
One of my favorite parts of chicken piccata is the crispy crust on the chicken. The use of cheese and pork rinds produces a crispy, zero carb crust that makes this the best chicken piccata recipe. Even if you’re not keto or low carb, I highly recommend you try it! One thing I would change here is the use of tallow. Although I love to use it for frying, the flavor profile of this recipe screams for butter.
The publishers really wanted a lot of dairy free options in this cookbook. That’s why I chose tallow instead of the traditional butter flavor. As long as butter agrees with you, I recommend using it for this keto chicken picatta.
Grain-Free Keto Cookbook
Although all the recipes in my Grain-Free Cookbook for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living a Grain-Free Lifestyle are sugar-free, keto-friendly and have dairy-free options, a strictly keto cookbook wasn’t the goal. Even so, it was important to me that all the recipes included in the book were dishes I would eat myself. Which means all of the recipes in the cookbook are keto-friendly. Very few contain something I wouldn’t normally eat (beans) but still fall into the low carb category.
Excerpt from Grain-Free Cookbook For Beginners, by Cheryl McColgan, published by Rockridge Press. Copyright © 2022 by Callisto Media, Inc. All rights reserved.
- 1 large egg beaten
- 2 teaspoons salt divided
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper divided
- 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup crushed pork rinds
- 3 tablespoons tallow or coconut oil
- 4 bonelness, skinless chicken breasts 1 1/2 to 2 pounds total, sliced horizontally in half to make cutlets
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 large lemons juiced
- 2 tablespoons capers rinsed 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a shallow bowl large enough to hold a chicken breast, beat together the egg, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
- In a medium bowl, mix the Parmesan, pork rinds, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour the Parmesan/pork rind mixture onto a dinner plate.
- In a large skillet, heat the tallow over medium heat until liquid.
- Working in batches (whatever you can fit in your skillet without crowding), use a fork or tongs to dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture, then into the Parmesan/pork rind mixture until completely covered, pressing it onto the chicken.
- Transfer the chicken breasts to the hot skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until the cheese is golden brown and set aside while you cook a second batch.