Chicken Piccata Made Skinny

This chicken dish is melt in your mouth delicious! So easy, you can enjoy this gourmet dish any night of the week. Each serving has 202 calories, 8 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Chicken:

1 pound chicken breasts, boneless skinless (you can use 2 large chicken breasts, butterflied, then cut in half to make 4 breasts)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 slice whole wheat or multigrain bread, (see instructions below to make bread crumbs)

1 large egg, beaten

Olive oil spray

2 teaspoons olive oil

Ingredients for Sauce:

1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

¼ cup white wine

1 lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon capers

2 tablespoons scallions or chives, chopped (for garnish)


1. Cut chicken into 4 pieces.  Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to ¼-inch thick. Add chicken to a plate and drizzle 1 tablespoon lemon juice over the chicken breasts. Sprinkle both sides with a little salt, pepper and garlic powder.

2. To make bread crumbs. Toast bread and break into pieces.  Add to a blender. Grind into crumbs.  Place the bread crumbs on a plate. In a shallow bowl, add the egg and beat well. Dip each chicken breast first in the egg, then bread crumbs.

3. In a large nonstick pan, spray a generous amount of olive oil spray. Add olive oil, to heat. Add the breaded chicken breasts.  Cover pan and cook chicken for 3 minutes. Using a spatula, carefully turn over chicken, cover and cook for about more 2 minutes until chicken is cooked through.  Remove from pan and set aside while you make the sauce.

4. To make the sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add chicken broth, wine and lemon juice and a little salt, and pepper. Boil over medium-high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Stir in capers. 

5. To serve: add 1 chicken breast to each plate. Divide sauce and spoon over each chicken breast.  Sprinkle a little scallions or chives over each serving, if desired.

Makes 4 servings

Food Fact

Chicken piccata is a traditional Italian dish, popular in Italian restaurants. Piccata means tart or zesty. This dish has a lovely tart sauce, with traditional additions of lemon juice, white wine and capers.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints
Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers
(old points) 5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
202 cal, 8g fat, 1g sat. fat, 98mg chol, 28g prot, 7g carb, 1g fiber, 333mg sod, 2g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
70 calories, 1g sat. fat, 1g protein, 1g sugar