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Paleo Chicken Piccata (Dairy-Free, Keto, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, One Pot Meal)

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Chicken


This is not yo’ mamas chicken piccata! Gluten, dairy free and oh-so-dreamy



For the Chicken

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (see this post for grain free)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (I use this one)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • Splash of cooking wine 
  • 1 1/2 cups pork panko
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or lard for frying 

For the Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ghee or olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  •  1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 2 teaspoon lemon zest 
  • 1/4 cup cooking wine
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley 
  • 1/2 cup bone broth
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, I use a 15-inch skillet. Add the coconut oil and let it warm up while you prep the chicken. 
  2. Pat your chicken dry then cut each breast in half horizontally, so you’re making chicken cutlets. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
  3. In a shallow bowl combine the coconut flour, baking powder, and dried seasonings, whisk to blend. In a second shallow bowl whisk together, the eggs and a splash of cooking wine. In a third shallow bowl put the pork panko.
  4. One piece at a time, dredge the chicken in the coconut flour, then the egg, and lastly the pork panko before adding it to the hot oil. Only fry 2-3 pieces at a time so you don’t crowd the skillet. Fry for 4 minutes each side then transfer the chicken to a wire rack while you fry up the rest. When all the chicken is fried you can keep it warm in the oven while you make the sauce. 
  5. Clean the skillet. Put it back on the heat. Melt the ghee and when its warm tilt the skillet so the ghee pools to one side, add the garlic to the pool of ghee and fry here for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon out and set aside. 
  6. Put the coconut butter in the skillet and let it melt, and then stir slowly as it begins to brown. Once it’s an even light brown, add in the capers and lemon zest, stir well. Add in the wine, it will temporarily separate the coconut butter, making it look clumpy, just keep stirring the mix as it darkens to a deep brown. 
  7. Stir in the parsley and the bone broth, and as you stir in the broth, the mix will smooth out again. Once it’s well combined, let it simmer for 2-3 minutes to reduce until stirring with a wooden spoon leaves streaks in the sauce. Taste, add salt if needed. Remove from the heat. 
  8. Plate the chicken and spoon the sauce all over it. I like serving this over arugula or with veggie noodles.

Recipe Notes:

  • To make this Whole30 Compliant, use almond meal instead of pork panko and use red wine vinegar instead of cooking wine. 
  • net carbs per serving: 6g


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 506
  • Fat: 27.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.2g
  • Fiber: 7.2g
  • Protein: 47.8g

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