Chicken Piccata with Orzo

YIELDS: 4 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup orzo or quinoa, 1 cutlet, and 2 tablespoons sauce)

TOTAL TIME: Approximately 20 minutes





  • 1 cup uncooked orzo or quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 4 (4-ounce) chicken cutlets (put cutlets in a zip lock-style plastic bag, being sure to remove most of the extra air in the bag when you seal it then pound the cutlets lightly until they are each approx 1/4″ thick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth (in a pinch, try dissolving a chicken bouillon cube in .5 c water)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon capers


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions or quinoa as recommended on this site. Drain. Stir in rind.
  2. While orzo cooks, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; keep warm on plate, either in oven or on counter covered tightly with tin foil.
  3. Add wine to pan; cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
  4. Add broth and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup.
  5. Remove from heat; add butter, stirring until butter melts. Stir in parsley or cilantro and capers. Serve over orzo or quinoa and with your favorite lightly-steamed veggies. Enjoy! It’s a restaurant quality dish prepared easily and quickly at home.

Nutritional Information

  • Amount per serving – about 1/2 cup orzo or quinoa, 1 cutlet, and 2 tablespoons sauce)
  • Calories: 345Fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 328mg
  • Calcium: 22mg



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