FN’s Top Recipes Lightened Up: Giada’s Chicken Piccata by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, January 18, 2011
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 »