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Gluten Free Chicken Piccata with Lemon and Capers

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata: Crispy, chicken cooked in a lemony, buttery, wine sauce. An easy meal that tastes like it was from a restaurant!

The First Time

They say you always remember your first time, and I definitely remember the first time I delved into a plate of chicken piccata. I was in Chicago at a conference on Master Scheduling for Elementary Schools. Yes, I had a life before blogging. It was full of teaching, administrating and wiping noses. It was fun, but now I get to spend my time educating about celiac and gluten intolerance, as well as with my precious daughter. I think it has been a more than fair trade, but I digress.

Succulent chicken in a lemon, butter, wine sauce. Perfection at its best. #glutenfree #dinnerisserved Share on X

I’m a sucker for anything in a sauce. My first chicken piccata experience was before my celiac diagnoses, and I greatly enjoyed the crispy chicken drenched in lemon butter sauce. Immediately upon returning I set out to make it myself, and through trial and error, came up with my own version. Since being diagnosed, I had to make some minor adjustments to make it gluten free, but it is still just as good. If I give my husband the option of choosing dinner, 9 times out of 10 he will say this gluten free chicken piccata. He has stopped ordering it at restaurants because he thinks mine is better (plus I can make dinner for 4 people, for the cost of one meal at a restaurant, this recipe is very budget friendly).

If you are looking for the perfect meal, you can stop googling, this is it.

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

I can go on and on about how delicious this is, but I’m sure you don’t want to just hear about how awesome it is, you want to make it, and for that, you need the recipe, plus a few bonus tips.

  1. Make sure your chicken is really thin.  A pound of chicken should be about 6-8 pieces depending on the size. I often buy chicken cutlets (if I can find them on sale) because they are already cut thin for me.
  2. Keep your heat on medium to medium-low. It is tempting to raise it to heat your oil faster, but don’t. Gluten free flour burns more quickly. If you somehow manage to burn it, you can make your sauce in a different pan. It isn’t quite as good, but it won’t ruin your whole dish.
  3. Use a good gluten free flour. I say this all the time, but it is important. For this dish, be sure it is not a bean based flour.
  4. Mise en Place- This is French for get everything ready before you start cooking. The dish is simple, fry chicken, dump sauce ingredients in pan, add chicken. Cook for 5 minutes. Problems arise when you forgot to squeeze your lemon or all of a sudden you need to pour the wine and you can’t get the cork out (which has happened to me on many occasions, it is why I know this is so important). Do yourself a favor and have everything ready so that you can enjoy your dish when it is ready.
  5. Don’t leave out the capers. I personally don’t care for biting into them, and I eat around them, but they are needed. They add a lot of flavor.
  6. Buy an extra lemon. On more than one occasion I have spilled my lemon juice. Worse case scenario you have an extra lemon, use it for garnish and make your plate look all fancy :).

This is one of my families favorite dishes and I’m sure it will become one of yours as well. It is so simple, yet looks and tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen.

If you love lemon and have a whole chicken on hand, try the Keto Whole Roasted Chicken from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations!

If you love Chicken Piccata, you should also try this Baked Fish with Lemon Garlic Butter from The Endless Meal!

If you’re looking for a simple side to serve with this, you have to try this Simple Steamed Cauliflower from Healthy Seasonal Recipes, so good!


Gluten Free Chicken Piccata
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3.72 from 92 votes

Gluten Free Chicken Piccata with Lemon and Capers

Simple to make and so delicious, you just can't go wrong with this easy gluten free chicken piccata. On top of rice or mashed potatoes, this chicken with lemon, butter and wine sauce is the perfect meal.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 503kcal


  • 1 pound chicken breast cutlets thinly sliced chicken
  • 1/2 cup good quality gluten free flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 large juicy lemon
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup rinsed capers
  • chopped parsley for decoration


  • Liberally salt and pepper chicken cutlets.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in pan. Use a pan with high sides.
  • Dredge chicken in flour.
  • Brown first batch of chicken for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove and add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Brown second batch of chicken for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove.
  • Deglaze pan with wine. Allow to simmer while continuously scraping bottom for 1 minute.
  • Whisk in lemon juice, chicken stock and capers. Check seasoning.
  • Add all the chicken back to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and place in serving dish.
  • Whisk in remaining 4 tablespoons of butter.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.


  • To deglaze a pan. Pour liquid and whisk quickly to pick up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook chicken over medium heat. Gluten free flour can burn quickly.


Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 574IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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  • Reply
    Deborah Morris
    April 17, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    This turned out well, even with a little merlot instead of white wine! The chicken was perfectly done. Great recipe!

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      April 17, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it! I’m going to have to try it with merlot next time!

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      Lynn Witkowski
      February 8, 2019 at 6:02 am

      I was thinking.of trying this recipe with just using a corn starch coating to brown the chicken…let me know your thoughts

      • Reply
        February 8, 2019 at 10:10 am

        It will work, but it might make the chicken a little crunchier than your expecting. I use cornstarch when I’m making homemade chinese to get that really crunchy outside.

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      May 26, 2022 at 11:38 pm

      5 stars
      This was super easy & so tasty. I used white rice flour and did not add butter to the oil when I cooked the chicken.

  • Reply
    December 5, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    What brand Gluten free flour do you recommend for this?

    Thanks for the recipe. I would love to try it.

    • Reply
      December 5, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      I usually use GF Jules, but I’ve done this with Trader Joe’s and King Arthur, any one to one gluten free flour blend should work for this recipe! Enjoy!

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        December 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

        Thanks Amanda.

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    October 7, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    What do u think of King Arthur’s Gluten Free flour. Is it good for coating meat to saute or fry it?

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      October 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      I’ve only used it a handful of times (but I LOVE their cake mix!) I think it would be fine for this, it’s a small amount and I’ve used quite a few in this and never tried one that didn’t work. Let me know how it goes!

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    Brittany Comeaux
    January 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I LOVE Chicken Piccata. I’m definitely pinning this to try later!

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    September 21, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    This looks so tasty! I used to work at an italian restaurant and this meal was one of my favorites there. I’ve never actually tried my hand at making it, but this makes me want to!

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    September 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    This looks SO good! I try to avoid gluten because it gives me headaches and makes me bloated; can’t wait to try this!

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    Heather @Bostongirlbakes
    September 21, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    LOVE chicken piccata! Busting out my GF flour now 🙂

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    September 21, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I have actually been looking for a gluten free chicken piccata recipe. I pinned this. And we love capers. LOL.

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    September 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I love chicken piccata! This looks like a great recipe!

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    September 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    This looks so yummy! I want it!

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    September 21, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Ooo thank looks super delicious and unbelievably quick too!

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    Platter Talk
    September 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Piccata is one of my favorite dishes. I love the capers & lemon in this dish. Very good atop angel hair pasta. Thanks for the GF version.

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    September 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Funny that your husband picks this same dish 9 out of 10 times! My husband can eat the same thing over and over again too, even though I always want to change things up.

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    lisa | Garlic & Zest
    September 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I haven’t made chicken piccata in forever! This looks absolutely delicious — gluten free or not! Don’t you love it when your husband prefers “yours” to a “restaurants”? Only problem is, they take you out to restaurants less…

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    Ali @ Home & Plate
    September 21, 2016 at 10:27 am

    This is one of my favorite ways to eat chicken. I love chicken piccata. This is a great gluten free version.

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    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    September 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I adore chicken piccata! My very favorite chicken dish!

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    September 11, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I made this tonight, and even my autistic, picky sensory eater kids ate it. Not the capers, but all the chicken. Thanks for the recipe so I can eat chicken piccata again.

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      September 12, 2016 at 6:12 am

      I actually pick out the capers too! Thank you so much for sharing! I am glad you enjoyed it!

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    July 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I love the combo of white wine and butter in this! Looks tasty!

    • Reply
      July 18, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      It’s so decadent!

  • Reply
    May 3, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Well, I’ve never had chicken piccata before, but anything with that my butter and white wine sounds like a win! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Savoring Saturdays. Hope to see you back again this weekend. 🙂

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    Kristina @ Ms.Modify
    March 7, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I love capers! This sounds delicious, I’m going to for sure try it!

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    Alissia Haggard
    February 28, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I love your recipes! They all look so delicious!

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    February 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    This sounds like an amazing recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I am always looking for gluten-free recipes, and I have gluten-free flour on hand all the time. And capers make everything so tasty. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Yay!

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      February 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      I hope you like it! It is so good, I could eat it every night!

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    February 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    The post is fantastic! I love it so much:)
    Have a nice weekend!

    • Reply
      February 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    Elle @ Only Taste Matters
    February 26, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Looks so good!

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    February 25, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    This is one of my favorite meals. Thanks for making it gluten free!

    • Reply
      February 26, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Mine too! Enjoy!

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    Brianna H
    February 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Chicken Piccata is one of my favorite dishes!
    When I was pregnant (and super sick) my hubby (all on his own!) looked up a recipe to make for dinner, bought all the ingredients, and then came home and cooked it for me while I rested. He made chicken Piccata. Since then, I have been in love! Partially with the chicken, but a lot with him.
    Anyways… LOVE chicken piccata! Can’t wait to try your recipe.

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      February 26, 2016 at 8:01 am

      That’s so awesome hubby made it for you! I loved lemony things when I was pregnant. I hope you like it!

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    Carly Syren
    February 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Looks tasty, and the fact that it’s gluten free is a double thumbs up!

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    Carly Syren
    February 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Looks tasty, and the fact that it’s gluten free is a double thumbs up!

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    Megan @ A Dash of Megnut
    February 25, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Yum!! This looks amazing! What kind of flour blend do you use or is your favorite for this recipe? I typically don’t use any bean based flours anyways but thought I’d ask! Also.. YES to the mise en place! It makes a world of difference when making recipes in my opinion!

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      February 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

      I usually use GFJules, but I have used Trader Joe’s in the past and it worked well.

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    February 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for posting … it looks beautiful.

    • Reply
      February 25, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Thanks! Let me know how you like it!

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    February 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

    My aunt has celiac, so this would be a great recipe for her — but who am I kidding, it looks delicious and I’m always looking for a way to mitigate the carbs… Thanks for this!

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      February 25, 2016 at 10:40 am

      It is so good…and you can easily use regular flour if you like!

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    February 24, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I have yet to try capers, this might be the first time I do!

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      February 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

      I don’t really care to actually eat them, but they add great flavor!

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    Keeley McGuire
    February 24, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    O it sounds delish! Any chicken recipe or dish is good to me!

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