Low Carb Chicken Piccata with Almond Flour (Keto Friendly, Paleo)

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Keto Grain Free Chicken Piccata

Is it really possible to make delicious Italian dishes like grain-free keto chicken piccata and have it be authentic Italian that everyone in the family will love?

Absolutely. Take a look for yourself. 

Grain Free Chicken Piccata with Lemon Sauce

What Exactly is Chicken Piccata?

Piccata is not a dish, but  means a method of cooking an entree, usually veal or chicken. The chicken is butterflied, pounded flat, dredged in flour and parmesan cheese. White wine,  lemon juice, and capers are mixed in with the drippings along with a finish of butter to make a sauce. 

I used almond flour, but you can use all purpose flour or if you’re not doing low-carb or can’t do nut flours.

This is a twenty minute dish inspired by Simple Recipes, but instead of using flour, I made my own grain free coating using extra fine blanched almond flour with freshly grated pecorino Romano. There is no compromise. It’s so delicious.

Keto Chicken PIccata

Tips for Frying Keto Chicken Piccata with Almond Flour

Almond flour is a wonderful coating for frying chicken, but there are a few things you need to know. You have to use finely ground blanched almond flour and it’s helpful to add in some parmesan or pecorino cheese which helps the flour stick and serves as flavor booster.

I fried all of my chicken cutlets on a medium low heat in non-stick pan. Almond flour and the cheese can burn more easily than wheat flour.  I also used a meat thermometer, and frequently tested  the cutlets to make sure they are at 165 degrees F. and not more, because over-cooked chicken means tough chicken.

  • Use blanched super fine almond flour.
  • Use a healthy oil, such as avocado oil, or olive oil (do not use coconut oil for this recipe).
  • Fry low and slow.
  • Remove particles in oil between frying (drippings are saved to make the sauce).

Keto Chicken Piccata is a dish for the whole family.

Kids may not want the sauce or capers, but they will love the chicken, so this is a very family friendly dinner, served best with a bright green salad with a lemon vinaigrette, and a starch. If you’re low-carb, mashed cauliflower or cauliflower rice is great. If not, whipped parmesan potatoes, or a simple pasta like this one would be perfect.

Grain Free Chicken Piccata Keto Friendly

Nutrition Value for Keto Chicken Piccata

Keto Chicken Piccata has 2 net carbs per serving. (This recipes serves 4).

More Low Carb Chicken Recipes from Spinach Tiger

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Keto Chicken Parm

One Pan Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower

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Za’atar Chicken with Lemon

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Almond Flour Chicken Piccata with Lemony Butter Sauce (Gluten Free, Keto Friendly)

A Low Carb Version of Chicken Piccata, using almond flour and pecorino romano cheese.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts 2 breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil avocado or olive oil

Lemon Sauce

  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish


  • Butterfly the chicken breasts, by slicing horizontally.
  • Place between plastic wrap and gently pound flat.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cut into serving size pieces.
  • Mix almond flour and grated cheese.
  • Dip chicken into egg and then into almond flour cheese mixture.
  • Heat oil in pan to medium heat.
  • Place chicken in pan (not crowding) and reduce heat to medium low.
  • Each side only takes a few minutes. I use an instant read meat thermometer. Chicken must be 165 degrees F (74C).
  • You may need to fry in batches.
  • Drain and save oil to make sauce.
  • Place chicken in warm oven while making sauce.

Lemon Sauce

  • Heat (wine or broth) lemon juice and capers on medium heat, until it reduces by half.
  • Add butter and stir until incorporated.
  • Pour over chicken and serve immediately.


Serving: 14 | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 19g | Fiber: 1g

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