FN’s Top Recipes Lightened Up: Giada’s Chicken Piccata

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, January 18, 2011

chicken piccata

Looking for something new to do with chicken? Giada’s simply delicious Chicken Piccata gives plain old chicken a burst of fresh flavor with lemon and capers. We’ve got tips that will save 165 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving!

Trimming the Fat
While a little butter won’t sabotage your diet and olive oil is packed with heart-healthy fat, portions are important. Reducing the amount of butter and oil at each step of the recipe will lead to big calorie savings. Follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Cook all of the chicken in a total of one tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Use a nonstick skillet or spray the pan with nonstick spray to avoid sticking.
  2. To make sure the consistency of the sauce remains, start by reducing the chicken broth and lemon juice in the recipe to 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup, respectively. You can always add more if needed.
  3. Use the recommended 2 tablespoons of butter for the sauce in the final step of the recipe.

Get the recipe: Giada’s Chicken Piccata

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (4)

  1. This dish looks fantastic. I recently got the Gardein 'chicken' and I've been looking out for a special way to make it. I think this is it!!!! I'll post the vegan version on my site. Cheers. thanks for the recipe.

  2. Randy Lay says:

    Thanks Dana! Any thoughts on how butter alternatives (Olivio for instance) might work in a sauce?

  3. danawhite says:

    Hi Randy Lay –
    Great question! You can definitely get away with using a vegetable-oil based spread instead of butter, but you might miss that true butter flavor and the sauce would lose some body. The cholesterol will come down a bit but the total calories will stay the same. If you try it, let us know how it comes out. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Melissa Bottego says:

    Hi Dana!!
    I'm the mother of a 4 year old daughter with Type 1 Diabetes. One of our favorite recipes is Giada's Chicken Piccata. It would make it much easier to count the Total Carbohydrates for this dish if there were Nutrition Information available.
    Thank you.

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